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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 3 - Fit The Twenty-Fifth

In which Trillian tells Arthur Dent he is a father, Ford Prefect sends Arthur a parcel, and Arthur's new daughter Random flies to Earth.

Further details

The space ship that Arthur was on has crashed on the planet Lamuella. Arthur has since become 'The Sandwich Maker', making sandwiches out of Perfectly Normal Beasts (a bison like animal). Then another space ship lands on Lamuella. Arthur is shocked to find Trillian on it and even more shocked to find a teenage girl on it called Random Frequent Flyer Dent... she turns out to be Arthur's daughter! Meanwhile, Ford manages to use the robot Colin to escape from the offices of The Guide.

Random does not get on well with Arthur, partly because she has no real home. Arthur gets a package for Ford which Random steals and opens. It is a black bird called The Guide Mark II. The Bird tells Random that she can go to one of the alternative Earth's if she wants and gives her a space ship so that she can do so, after knocking out the original pilot with a stone. Arthur arrives to find that not only is he too late, but the pilot is Ford. Meanwhile, Tricia is on Rupert trying to help the Grebulons.

Broadcast details

Date
Tuesday 14th June 2005
Time
6pm
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Length
30 minutes

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    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Simon Jones Arthur Dent
    Geoffrey McGivern Ford Prefect
    William Franklyn The Book
    Susan Sheridan Trillian
    Sandra Dickinson Trillian
    Rula Lenska Voice of the Bird
    Toby Longworth Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz
    Samantha BĂ©art (as Sam Burke) Random
    Guest cast
    Brian Cobby Speaking Clock
    Andrew Secombe Colin the Robot
    Michael Fenton Stevens Grebulon Lieutenant
    Griff Rhys Jones Old Thrashbarg
    Roger Gregg Doctor
    Roger Gregg Strinder
    Andy Taylor Grebulon Leader
    Lorelei King The Patient
    Writing team
    Douglas Adams Writer
    Production team
    Dirk Maggs Producer

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