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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 5 - Fit The Twelfth

An episode in which all is resolved, everyone lives happily ever after, and pigs fly.

Further details

Ford and Zaphod discover that the space ship they're on is actually a space flight that is now over 900 years late, they decide to investigate further.

Arthur, Marvin and Lintilla meet up with the clones. They fight against some chasing footwarriors. Arthur then bumps into a man called Poodoo, a priest called Varntvar and three men called Allitnil. When the Lintilla's meet the Allitnil's, they fall in love, get married, kiss and then vanish. It turns out the Allitnil's were anti-clones designed to get rid of the 5,780,000,000 Lintilla clones.

Ford and Zaphod discover the ship they're on is waiting to stock up on lemon-soaked paper napkins. After arguing with the ship's computer, they flee into the first-class compartment. There, they bump into Zarniwoop, whom Zaphod had been seeking since Fit the Seventh.

Arthur arrives back on the surface, but as he does so, the cup holding the Heart of Gold crashes into the surface of the planet. Zaphod and Ford discover that for all this time, they were inside an artifical universe in Zarniwoop's office. Zarniwoop now uses the Heart of Gold to travel to the real ruler of the universe - The Man in the Shack.

Arthur, Ford, Zaphod and Zarniwoop meet the man, and discover that he keeps giving vague answers to every question he is asked. While talking, it is discovered that it was Zaphod Beeblebroz who ordered the demolition of Earth. Arthur leaves angrily in the Heart of Gold with Lintilla and Marvin.

Broadcast details

Friday 25th 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
    Jonathan Pryce Zarniwoop
    Guest cast
    Rula Lenska Lintilla
    David Tate The Allitnils
    Stephen Moore The Man in the Shack
    Rula Lenska Android Stewardess
    Geoffrey McGivern Varntvar the Priest
    Jonathan Pryce Autopilot
    Ken Campbell Poodoo
    Writing team
    Douglas Adams Writer

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