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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 3 - Fit The Twenty-First

In which Arthur Dent and Fenchurch go flying together, Ford Prefect meets a weird creature in the East River, and Arthur learns what happened to all the dolphins.

Further details

Arthur and Fenchurch share their own experiences of the Vogon fleets. While Arthur experienced the Earth being demolished, Fenchurch had a revelation which resulted in her feet not being able to touch the ground. Arthur and Fenchurch then decide to go flying together.

Arthur begins to wonder about the fate of the dolphins. So, he and Fenchurch go to America and visit one of the greatest dolphin experts in the world, Wonko the Sane. Wonko, who believes that the entire world has gone mad, has built his house inside out and claims to have conversations with green-winged angels. Wonko also has a glass fishbowl exactly like Arthur's. Fenchurch claims to have one too. When the bowl is tapped, it plays a farewell message from the dolphins.

Ford Prefect has managed to land in America, where he engages with conversation with a bizarre creature in the East River.

Elsewhere, Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz is brought before a public inquiry. It is revealed that plural zones such as ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha (Earth's zone) are very unstable in terms of dimensions, meaning that as soon as one Earth is demolished, another appears. Even though the plan to build the bypass has been cancelled, the Vogons decide to carry out the orders and demolish every single Earth.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 17th 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
    Toby Longworth Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz
    Guest cast
    Simon Greenall Steward
    Stephen Fry Murray Bost Henson
    Jackie Mason East River Creature
    Dominic Hawksley Vogon Councillor
    Margaret Robertson Mrs Kapelsen
    Michael Cule Vogon Clerk
    Christian Slater Wonko the Sane
    Writing team
    Douglas Adams Writer
    Production team
    Dirk Maggs Producer

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