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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 Tertiary Phase, Episode 1 - Fit The Thirteenth

In which Arthur Dent finds himself stuck on prehistoric Earth, Ford Prefect comes out of a state of madness and Trillian teleports herself out of Zaphod Beeblebrox's life.

Further details

Arthur Dent has been stuck on prehistoric Earth for ages. He has not seen Ford Prefect in 4 years and has spent most of his time talking to trees and collecting things in a bag made out of a rabbit. Just as Arthur decides to go mad, Ford turns up with news that there is a disturbance in the space-time wash, allowing them to escape prehistoric Earth via a Chesterfield sofa.

Zaphod Beeblebrox and Trillian are on the Heart of Gold. Trillian is annoyed with the increasingly drunk Zaphod and so decides to teleport herself away.

Marvin meanwhile, is stuck in a swamp on Squornshellous Zeta, and having to walk in circles due to a poorly fitted 'artificial' robot leg.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 21st September 2004
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Simon Jones Arthur Dent
    Geoffrey McGivern Ford Prefect
    Peter Jones The Book
    William Franklyn The Book
    Mark Wing-Davey Zaphod Beeblebrox
    Stephen Moore Marvin
    Susan Sheridan Trillian
    Roger Gregg Eddie
    Guest cast
    Toby Longworth Wowbagger
    Andy Taylor Zem
    Writing team
    Douglas Adams Writer
    Production team
    Dirk Maggs Producer

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