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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 Primary Phase, Episode 3 - Fit The Third

After being improbably rescued from certain death in the vacuum of space, Arthur Dent and his new companions now face a missile attack and certain death.

Further details

Zaphod explains that he stole the Heart of Gold so that he could fly to the legendary planet of Magrathea, which is noted for being the planet that made a vast fortune making other planets.

Ford believes that Magrathea does not exist, but is soon proved wrong when not only do they discover the planet, but they are attacked by two nuclear missiles. Luckily, Arthur saves everyone using the Infinite Improbability Drive, resulting in the missiles turning into a bowl of petunias and a very surprised-looking sperm whale. Trillian also discovers that her white mice have escaped.

When they land on the planet, Ford, Zaphod and Trillian go down a tunnel and end up being attacked. Arthur is left with Marvin the Paranoid Android on the surface of the planet, where they meet a native, Slartibartfast. Arthur and Slartibartfast travel deep inside the planet, where Arthur makes a disturbing discovery: Earth was built by Magrathea in order to discover something called "The Ultimate Question".

Broadcast details

Wednesday 22nd March 1978
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

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
David Tate Eddie
Richard Vernon Slartibartfast
Guest cast
Richard Vernon Recorded voice
Writing team
Douglas Adams Writer

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