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)
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 Slartibartfast (2 episodes, 1981)
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 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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The most significant deviation between the plot of this series and the original six-part radio series is the subplot about Hotblack Desiato and Disaster Area in The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy: Episode #1.5 (1981) and The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy: Episode #1.6 (1981). This material, originally written by Douglas Adams for a short-lived stage version of Hitchhiker and later incorporated into the second novel (The Restaurant at the End of the Universe), replaced supplemental material that was written by John Lloyd in 1978, when Douglas Adams was overwhelmed by simultaneous writing assignments for both Hitchhiker and Doctor Who (1963). See more »

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The person operating Zaphod's third arm can be seen on multiple occasions. See more »

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[repeated line]
Arthur Dent: So this is it... we're going to die!
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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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Journey of the Sorcerer
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A suitable adaption for fans of the novels and British humor in general
1 October 2000 | by (Niagara Falls, Canada) – See all my reviews

I've been into Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide" series since grade school where it was introduced to me. So when I learned that I could have it presented to me in visual form, I was interested...just how could they adapt this novel, which strays every which way from the central story, into a mini-series of epic proportions?

Easy. As long as the Brits do it.

Get yourself a heard of young but experienced talent, who are no stranger to the airwaves in the UK, and stick close to the story. You're assured a winner. The book tells amazingly well on the screen, and the characters are pretty close to what your mind would imagine from descriptions in the text. Important points in the story occur when Adams strays from the main plot, and jumps into a description of the history of a certain object, person or event as described by the "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy", a futuristic electronic know-all dictionary. The mini takes this to heart so it seems, and sticks with it, showing viewers animated sequences to what the Guide would be showing it's user. This is where the film turns in it's most brilliant sequences.

Granted, some of the effects are cheesy, but for the time of the film (1981) and the budget of a mini, I say they did well. So Zaphod's second head is a motionless blob of plastic, with a moving mouth for about three sequences. The look, and attitude of Marvin the depressed robot is just fantastic and should be ranked up there with C-3P0 and Data as one of the greatest androids to appear on a screen.

The final word on this one is that once again, the BBC has put together another gem. It may scare you, being on two tapes and all, but it's worth a look. A genuine quality piece.


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