The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Arthur Dent (Simon Jones).

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

BBC Two sitcom by Douglas Adams. 6 episodes (1 series) in 1981. Stars Simon Jones, David Dixon, Mark Wing-Davey, Sandra Dickinson and others.

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Image shows from L to R: Ford Prefect (David Dixon), Arthur Dent (Simon Jones). Copyright: BBC.

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

Television adaptation of the highly successful sci-fi radio sitcom and comic novel, created by Douglas Adams

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1981
Channel
BBC Two
Episodes
6   (1 series)
Starring
Simon Jones, David Dixon, Mark Wing-Davey, Sandra Dickinson, David Learner, Peter Jones and Stephen Moore
Writer
Douglas Adams
Director
Alan J. W. Bell
Producer
Alan J. W. Bell

One Thursday lunchtime, the Earth is unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who had only just had his house demolished that morning, this already seems like more than he can cope with. Hitchhikers follows the journey of a constantly bewildered Arthur through the galaxy as he is guided along by his eccentric friend from Betelguese, Ford Prefect. Along the way he encounters alien life, gets thrown off spaceships, discovers the true nature of Earth, travels through time, stretches the limits of improbability to their breaking point and searches for the ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything.

All of this is helped along by the narration by the book itself, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which helps to expand on some of the finer points of galactic society, culture and history.

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Production Details

Tagline
Don't Panic!
Part of

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

Production company
Also known as
  • H2G2 (Other official name)
Soundtrack
The title music is Journey Of The Sorcerer by The Eagles, composed by Bernie Leadon and arranged by Tim Souster. Radiophonic music and effects by Paddy Kingsland.
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 5th January 1981 on BBC Two at 9pm
Last new broadcast
Monday 9th February 1981 on BBC Two at 9pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes

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