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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 - Fit The Nineteenth

In which Arthur Dent discovers that his home planet has somehow popped back into existence, and he meets the woman of his dreams.

Further details

Arthur Dent goes back to Earth after discovering Ford Prefect's extended entry for his home planet in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Ford, whilst creating massive bar tabs and chatting to hookers, also discovers his extended entry in The Guide and plans to go to Earth as well.

Arthur finds that the Earth has not been demolished so he hitchhikes with Rob McKenna, a lorry driver and Rain God, not noticing that he is going the wrong way. Arthur then gets picked up in a car, and instantly falls in love with the female passenger known as 'Fenny', even though she is out cold.

Arthur learns that the people of Earth believe that the Vogon Constructor Fleet, sent to demolish the Earth to make way for a new hyperspace bypass, were just a hallucination. Meanwhile, the Vogons discover that Earth has somehow popped back into existence, resulting in trouble for Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 3rd May 2005
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Simon Jones Arthur Dent
    Geoffrey McGivern Ford Prefect
    William Franklyn The Book
    Jane Horrocks Fenchurch
    Rula Lenska Voice of the Bird
    Toby Longworth Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz
    Guest cast
    Arthur Smith Barman
    Rupert Degas Russell
    Bill Paterson Rob McKenna
    Bob Golding Vogon Guard
    Alison Pettitt Stewardess
    Fiona Carew Hooker
    Michael Cule Vogon Helmsman
    Chris Emmett Evil-looking bird
    Chris Emmett Canis Pontiff
    Writing team
    Douglas Adams Writer
    Production team
    Dirk Maggs Producer

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