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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 Quandary Phase, Episode 1 is repeated on Radio 4 Extra on Saturday at 6pm.

Christmas Special - Fit the Seventh

The show that began with the end of the world continues with Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect stranded on prehistoric Earth, and Zaphod Beeblebrox and Marvin thoroughly devoured by a carbon-copy of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal.

Further details

Zaphod Beeblebrox has managed to escape from the Haggunenons after it evolved into an escape capsule. Zaphod is on his way to the offices of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to meet the head of The Guide, Zarniwoop, to learn something to his disadvantage.

Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect have been stuck on prehistoric Earth for several years. However, their luck changes when they see a ghostly space ship which appears when they think how to escape, but goes away whenever they decide to drink.

Zaphod arrives at the offices of The Guide and bumps into Marvin. Zaphod learns that Zarniwoop is away on an intergalactic cruise in his office. Zaphod and Marvin make their way to the office by a scared lift (or a 'Sirius Cybernetics Corporation Happy Vertical People Transporter', but on the way, the building gets bombed.

While Marvin tries to stop some robots, Zaphod meets Roosta, another research for The Guide, who tells him that the robots are out to get him. Soon, the building is lifted off the ground and is taken to Frogstar, the most totally evil place in the galaxy.

Broadcast details

Date
Sunday 24th December 1978
Time
10:15pm
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Length
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
Guest cast
Stephen Moore Gag Halfrunt
Alan Ford Roosta
David Tate Arcturan Captain
David Tate Radio Voice
David Tate Receptionist
David Tate Lift
Geoffrey McGivern Frogstar Robot
Geoffrey McGivern Air Traffic Controller
Bill Paterson Arcturan Number One
Writing team
Douglas Adams Writer
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