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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 Secondary Phase, Episode 2 - Fit The Ninth

An episode in which our heroes have the chance to chew the fat with some old enemies and Arthur Dent has an unpleasant cup of tea.

Further details

While on the Heart of Gold, Arthur, Ford, Zaphod and Marvin discover that they are being chased by the Vogons.

Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz is leading the chase, trying to finish is job of demolishing everything on the Earth. Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz contacts Gag Halfrunt, Zaphod's brain care specialist, where it is revealed that Jeltz was hired by Gag to carry out the demolition of Earth so that the Ultimate Question would not be calculated.

While trying to escape from the Vogons, Zaphod discovers that the ship's computer is too busy dealing with another task - that being, "Why should Arthur Dent want to drink tea, compared to anything that the ship could give him?"

In a last bid to escape, Zaphod contacts his great-grandfather, Zaphod Beeblebrox IV, in a seance. More is revealed about how Zaphod got his job as President of the Galaxy. After the seance is over, the computer is restored to normal and the Heart of Gold escapes from the Vogons.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 22nd January 1980
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
    Bill Wallis The Vogon Captain
    David Tate Eddie
    Guest cast
    David Tate Vogon Guard
    Stephen Moore Gag Halfrunt
    Geoffrey McGivern Ventilation System
    Stephen Moore Vogon Guard
    David Tate Vogon Computer
    Leueen Willoughby Nutrimat Machine
    Richard Goolden Zaphod Beeblebrox IV
    Writing team
    Douglas Adams Writer

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