Series 1, Episode 4 - Fit The Fourth
Slartibartfast takes Arthur to his study and shows him a film which explains the story behind the quest to find 'The Ultimate Question'.
The story begins with a race of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings creating a super-computer called 'Deep Thought' to calculate the Ultimate Answer of Life, the Universe and Everything. After 7.5 million years, it announces the answer - 42.
Deep Thought then explained that in order to find the Ultimate Question, that would explain the Ultimate Answer, an even larger computer needed to be built. 'Deep Thought' called this 'The Earth'... and it turns out The Vogons demolished this 'computer' just five minutes before the final question was due to be given.
Arthur and Slartibartfast then meet up with Ford, Zaphod and Trillian, who are unharmed after their attack. They also meet Trillian's mice, who reveal themselves to be two of the pan-dimensional beings that designed the experiment. They cannot be bothered to go through the whole experiment again and so decide not to build a second Earth.
Their discussion is interrupted by the police looking to arrest Zaphod. Arthur, Ford, Zaphod and Trillian try to confront the police, but they are shot at.
- Monday 26th January 1981
- BBC Two
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|Simon Jones||Arthur Dent|
|David Dixon||Ford Prefect|
|Mark Wing-Davey||Zaphod Beeblebrox|
|Peter Jones||The Book (Voice)|
|Marc Smith||Bang Bang|
|Valentine Dyall||Deep Thought (Voice)|
|Alan J. W. Bell||Director|
|Alan J. W. Bell||Producer|
|John Lloyd||Associate Producer|
|Andrew Howe-Davies||Production Designer|
|Dee Robson||Costume Designer|
|Tom Yardley-Jones||Production Designer|