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The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

BBC Radio 4 sitcom about space travel. 32 episodes (6 series), 1978 - 2018. Stars Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Peter Jones, William Franklyn and others.

The Quintessential Phase, Episode 3 is repeated on Radio 4 Extra on Monday at 10:30pm.

The Primary Phase, Episode 2 - Fit The Second

After being saved from certain death during the demolition of the Earth, Arthur Dent now faces a hopeless choice between meeting certain death in the vacuum of space or finding something pleasant to say about Vogon poetry.

Further details

After failing to please Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz on the matter of his poetry, Arthur and Ford are thrown out of the ship. However, they escape death when they are picked up a space ship with the new Infinite Improbability Drive.

To add to the increasing levels of improbability, the ship in question, the Heart of Gold was stolen by Ford's semi-cousin and the Galactic President, Zaphod Beeblebrox. Also on board is Trillian (Tricia McMillan), a woman that Arthur once met at a party in Islington, but who ended up going with Zaphod, thus escaping Earth before it got demolished.

Broadcast details

Date
Wednesday 15th March 1978
Time
10:30pm
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Length
30 minutes

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    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Simon Jones Arthur Dent
    Geoffrey McGivern Ford Prefect
    Peter Jones The Book
    Mark Wing-Davey Zaphod Beeblebrox
    Stephen Moore Marvin
    Susan Sheridan Trillian
    Bill Wallis The Vogon Captain
    David Tate Eddie
    Guest cast
    David Tate Vogon Guard
    Stephen Moore Gag Halfrunt
    Writing team
    Douglas Adams Writer

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