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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1981  
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 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)
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 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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Storyline

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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30 October 1982 (USA)  »

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy  »

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(6 episodes) | (2 parts) | (7 episodes) (original release) | (6 episodes) (subsequent syndication) | (6 episodes)

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Trivia

Douglas Adams appears in several places in the series. He appears in the pub in The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy: Episode #1.1 (1981), in the intro to The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy: Episode #1.2 (1981), in various animated sequences, at the restaurant, and at the committee meeting on prehistoric Earth. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[repeated line]
Marvin: I think you ought to know I'm feeling very depressed.
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Crazy Credits

Animator Kevin Davies, credited from episodes four to six, receives a different, humorous title each time. The job titles are: Mouse Trainer, Milliways Catering and Bath Superintendent. See more »

Connections

Referenced in GoldenEye (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Journey of the Sorcerer
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Written by Bernie Leadon
Arranged by Tim Souster
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Very close to the original radio show
13 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The BBC TV version of Hitch hikers' is very much in the spirit of the radio show's style and production, as well as having quite a few radio cast members in the "movie".

Typically cheesy BBC video effects, (some seemingly straight off of the Dr. Who production set) are the mainstay of this show's visuals, although there are some surprisingly good animated/still graphics of "the book"'s content, and the costumes, makeup, and sets are better than many BBC sci-fi productions.

If you don't mind the typical BBC TV look of the video it is well worth watching, and probably easier to find these days than a copy of the radio shows...


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