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.

Series 1, Episode 1 - Fit The First

One Thursday lunchtime, the Earth is unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. Luckily for Arthur, his friend Ford Prefect turns out to be from somewhere in the vicinity of Betelguese and not from Guilford like he usually claimed. They escape the destruction of the planet only to be discovered by the captain who plans to throw them off the ship. Or if they're really unlucky, he may read them some of his poetry first...

Further details

Arthur Dent is worried about the demolition of his house, whereas visiting alien Ford Prefect is more worried about the demolition of the whole planet by the Vogons, one of the most unpleasant races in the galaxy (not actually evil, but bad tempered, bureaucratic, officious and callous).

To avoid being blown up with the rest of Earth, Arthur and Ford hitchhike on one of the vessels of the Vogon Constructor Fleet, where Ford offers Arthur the chance of following him as he files entries for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

However, Arthur and Ford are captured by the Vogons. Two things can happen: either they are thrown into the vacuum of space, or (even worse) they are forced to listen to Vogon poetry.

Broadcast details

Monday 5th January 1981
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Simon Jones Arthur Dent
David Dixon Ford Prefect
Peter Jones The Book (Voice)
Guest cast
Martin Benson Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz (Vogon Constructor Fleet Captain)
Joe Melia Mr Prosser
Steve Conway Barman
Cleo Rocos Alien
Andrew Mussell Alien
Writing team
Douglas Adams Writer
Production team
Alan J. W. Bell (as Alan J W Bell) Director
Alan J. W. Bell (as Alan J W Bell) Producer


The Babel Fish and the Non-Existence of God

A sample entry from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Featuring: Peter Jones (The Book), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), David Dixon (Ford Prefect).

The Opening

The introduction to the series.

Featuring: Peter Jones (The Book), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent).


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