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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 Quintessential Phase, Episode 1 - Fit The Twenty-Third

In which the tenth planet in the solar system is discovered, an American Trillian has trouble with her handbag, and Ford Prefect discovers something horrible at The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy offices.

Further details

The story begins with the tale of the crew of a Grebulon space ship, who lost all of their memories on the way. They landed on Rupert, the tenth planet in the Earth's solar system. The only bit of their computer memory left tells them to 'monitor', so they do just that.

Arthur has flown around the galaxy for a year and has landed back in ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha in the hope of finding Fenchurch. He is currently on the planet NowWhat (named after the first words spoken on it), and is told a good place to go is the planet Hawalius, a planet of oracles. On arrival, Arthur learns that oracles are going out of business because of future news reports, including those from Trillian.

Zaphod Beeblebrox is back at the offices of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in an attempt to meet Zarniwoop again. Sneaking into the building dressed as a pizza delivery man, he meets with Zarniwoop who promises to explain everything. Ford also sneaks into the building's air vents and finds a robot who he calls Colin. Ford discovers from Zarniwoop that The Guide has been taken over.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 31st May 2005
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
    Susan Sheridan Trillian
    Sandra Dickinson Trillian
    Rula Lenska Voice of the Bird
    Roger Gregg Eddie
    Jonathan Pryce Zarniwoop
    Guest cast
    Andrew Secombe Colin the Robot
    Michael Fenton Stevens Grebulons
    Andy Taylor Grebulons
    John Challis Prophet
    Mitch Benn Information Creature
    Lorelei King Gail Andrews
    Writing team
    Douglas Adams Writer
    Production team
    Dirk Maggs Producer

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