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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 3 - Fit The Fifteenth

In which Slartibartfast teaches Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect the history of the worst wars in the galaxy, the origins of cricket (or rather Krikkit) and Arthur is diverted by a very angry and deadly creature.

Further details

Arthur and Ford learn about the greatest war in the history of the galaxy - the Krikkit Wars. It turns out the sport of cricket is a form of 'racial memory', which everyone but Earth sees as a tasteless game.

The actual history concerns the planet Krikkit. This planet is covered by a dust cloud so that from the surface, the only thing that can be seen is the sun. Nothing else can be seen in the sky. One day, a space ship crashed onto the planet. They rebuilt it in a year and broke through the dust cloud and saw the universe for the first time. Their first reaction: it had to go.

As a result, the people of Krikkit built robots that fired bombs, launching them with bats. After losing the war, the planet Krikkit was locked in a 'slo-time envelope' which could only open after the universe ended or if someone opened it from the outside using the key. The key was shaped in the form of the symbol of the galaxy - the Wikkit Gate. However, one Krikkit ship, the one that Arthur and Ford saw at Lord's, escaped and is trying to find the key.

Slartibartfast tells them that one part of the key is the Wooden Pillar - The Ashes. Failing to get them, he now plans to get another part of the key, the Silver Bail, by going to a party. To get there, Slartibartfast, Arthur and Ford teleport to toilets of the Starship Bristomath. Arthur however teleports to a damp dark room, where he bumps into an unknown character who says, "bet you weren't expecting to see me again."

Elsewhere, the Krikkit robots steal the Gold Bail, which is the heart of the Heart of Gold's Infinite Improbability Drive. Zaphod is shot while trying to stop them.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 5th October 2004
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Simon Jones Arthur Dent
    Geoffrey McGivern Ford Prefect
    William Franklyn The Book
    Mark Wing-Davey Zaphod Beeblebrox
    Stephen Moore Marvin
    Roger Gregg Eddie
    Richard Griffiths Slartibartfast
    Guest cast
    Douglas Adams Agrajag
    Rupert Degas Judiciary Pag
    Michael Fenton Stevens Krikkit Man One
    Philip Pope Krikkit Man Two
    Tom Maggs Krikkit Man Three
    Henry Blofeld Self
    Fred Trueman Self
    Writing team
    Douglas Adams Writer
    Production team
    Dirk Maggs Producer
    Philip Pope Composer

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