The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (1981– )

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An Earth man and his alien friend escape Earth's destruction and go on a truly strange adventure as space hitchhikers.

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Peter Jones ...
 The Book (6 episodes, 1981)
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 Arthur Dent (6 episodes, 1981)
David Dixon ...
 Ford Prefect (6 episodes, 1981)
Sandra Dickinson ...
 Trillian (5 episodes, 1981)
Mark Wing-Davey ...
 Zaphod Beeblebrox (5 episodes, 1981)
Stephen Moore ...
 Marvin / ... (5 episodes, 1981)
David Learner ...
 Marvin (4 episodes, 1981)
David Tate ...
 Eddie / ... (3 episodes, 1981)
Martin Benson ...
 Vogon Captain (2 episodes, 1981)
Richard Vernon ...
 Slartibartfast (2 episodes, 1981)
Rayner Bourton ...
 Newscaster (2 episodes, 1981)
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When the Earth is destroyed a Vogon Demolition Fleet to make way for a new hyperspace bypass, Arthur Dent joins his friend Ford Prefect (who turns out to be a researcher for an electronic reference guide called the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) for a galactic voyage on which they meet Zaphod Beeblebrox, a two-headed ex-President of the Galaxy, and his human companion, Trillian. Their journey takes them from the remains of Earth to Milliways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Based on a radio play by Douglas Adams. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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EASTER EGG: On the Region 1 and Region 2 DVDs, disc 2, click "Outer Planets", then turn *on* the subtitles. Highlight "Deleted Scene from Episode 2", then go left, to show a "Don't Panic" icon in the upper left corner. Press Select to view the animated "computer display" shown on the Heart of Gold main screen. It shows, in order: a breakdown of the "sector ZZ9 Plural ZA" spatial reference; data about the improbability of rescuing Ford and Arthur; a comparison of the found planet to known parameters of the legendary Magrathea; tactical plots of the flight over Magrathea; readouts on the incoming missiles; and simulations of the missiles turning into a whale and bowl of petunias. Note that because this animation was solely intended as animated set dressing, it is completely silent with no sound effects or narration. See more »

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Episode 2: When Arthur and Ford are following Marvin through a white hallway, where Marvin mentions that the ship has been stolen, when Marvin walks toward the camera to enter a doorway, the actor's nose can be seen through the mesh of his mouth. See more »

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[repeated line]
Marvin: I think you ought to know I'm feeling very depressed.
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After the credits for episode 3, the voice of the book returns briefly to resolve which one of the characters sustained a bruised arm -- a question that had been raised earlier in the episode, but left unanswered because it was unimportant. See more »

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References Carousel (1956) See more »

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Journey of the Sorcerer
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Written by Bernie Leadon
Arranged by Tim Souster
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My most favorite mini-series!
4 June 1999 | by (Sterling Heights, Michigan) – See all my reviews

I absolutely love "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"! This is one of the funniest, most satirical, and most memorable mini-series I've ever seen! I've listened to the BBC radio broadcast, read all of the books, and now I've seen the TV series! It's awesome, and a very involving story with realistic and believable characters! The satire lies in how the aliens in the Universe perceive the planet Earth, which was destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass. It reflects our bureaucracy, and how the people of our world live in it. People wonder what there role in existence really is. "The Hitchhiker's Guide" doesn't give the answer, but it does show people who are searching for it. This could've been made into a theatrical production, although it probably would have been far too long. I love the characters, because their presence just makes fun of everything in their pathway. Much of the purpose of the character's existence, I think, is to make fun of the other characters they will meet later in the story. I love the talking electronic book, which narrates the story and gives a sort of "average person's" answer to everything. Simon Jones, who played Arthur Dent in the BBC audio broadcast, reprises his role with the same confused, yet humanistic personification. Mark Wing-Davey also reprises his role as the conceited Zaphod Beeblebrox. Peter Jones is back too, as the electronic book, as is David Tate as the annoying, overly eccentric computer. What effect will this have on someone's life? Only that it reflects the insecurity of much of our population, and how insignificant it all is compared to the rest of the universe. We already know this, but we never take it into mind. This also satirizes our modern world, without making any direct references to the people it's poking fun at. This is a great story which should be read, listened to, and likewise, seen with this miniseries. This isn't just pure entertainment, satire, and comedy. This is something that will make you think about the world you live in, and what your existence in life means to the universe itself!


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