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

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two
  • 1981
  • 6 episodes (1 series)

Television adaptation of the highly successful sci-fi radio sitcom and comic novel, created by Douglas Adams. Also features Simon Jones, David Dixon, Sandra Dickinson, Mark Wing-Davey, David Learner and more.

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Series 1, Episode 2 - Fit The Second

After being found un-welcome on a Vogon spaceship, Ford tries to conceive a plan of escape. Unfortunately, all of them rather involved being on the other side of the airlock door and the pair are ejected into space. They are rescued exactly 29 seconds later against highly improbable odds only to find that Ford is now a perfectly safe penguin and Arthur is rapidly running out of limbs. Following this, an encounter with a manically depressed robot leads to a series of highly improbable meetings...

Further details

After failing to please Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz on the matter of his poetry, Arthur and Ford are thrown out of the ship. However, they escape death when they are picked up a space ship fitted with the new Infinite Improbability Drive.

To add to the increasing levels of improbability, the ship in question, the Heart of Gold was stolen by Ford's semi-cousin and the Galactic President, Zaphod Beeblebrox. Also on board is Trillian (Tricia McMillan), a woman that Arthur once met at a party in Islington, but who ended up leaving the party with Zaphod, thus escaping Earth before it got demolished.

Broadcast details

Monday 12th January 1981
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Simon Jones Arthur Dent
David Dixon Ford Prefect
Sandra Dickinson Trillian
Mark Wing-Davey Zaphod Beeblebrox
David Learner Marvin
Stephen Moore Marvin (Voice)
Peter Jones The Book (Voice)
Guest cast
Martin Benson Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz (Vogon Constructor Fleet Captain)
Michael Cule Vogon Guard
Rayner Bourton Newscaster
Gil Morris Gag Halfrunt
Douglas Adams Unhappy Man
David Tate Eddie (Computer on the Heart of Gold) (Voice)
Writing team
Douglas Adams Writer
Production team
Alan J. W. Bell Director
Alan J. W. Bell Producer
John Lloyd Associate Producer
Ian Williams Editor
Glenn Hyde Editor
Andrew Howe-Davies Production Designer
Dee Robson Costume Designer
Bernie Leadon Composer
Paddy Kingsland Composer

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