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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 

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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Cast

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 The Book 6 episodes, 1981
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David Dixon ...
Sandra Dickinson ...
 Trillian 5 episodes, 1981
Mark Wing-Davey ...
 Zaphod Beeblebrox 5 episodes, 1981
Stephen Moore ...
David Learner ...
David Tate ...
 Eddie / ... 3 episodes, 1981
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 Vogon Captain 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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Don't panic!


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30 October 1982 (USA)  »

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

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Trivia

EASTER EGG: On the Region 1 and Region 2 DVDs, disc 1, sit at the main menu. After a minute or so, the film will start automatically. Return to the main menu, and wait again. After another minute or so, the video will start again, but will begin to distort. A message will then appear explaining that your DVD player has been affected by the Infinite Improbability Drive. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[repeated line]
Arthur Dent: So this is it... we're going to die!
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in I, Robot (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Journey of the Sorcerer
(title music)
Written by Bernie Leadon
Arranged by Tim Souster
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Don't Panic, it's really quite good
15 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

In this 6-part Mini based on the Douglas Adam's radio scripts, Ford Perfect (David Dixon) saves his friend Arthur Dent (Simon Jones, whom made not one, but two of the best mini's of the '80's, this and Brideshead Revisted, both in 1981 mind you. I'm inclined to think that Simon got a hold of the Infinite Improbability Drive) from the annihilation of Earth to pave the way for an intergalactic hyperspatial express route . Ford, unbeknowst to Arthur is an alien and whisks him away on a comical adventure that includes, but not limited to, everything. The humor is delightfully British,most of the characters dead-on (a given, since a lot of the cast were holdover's from the radio play). The effects may be a tad dated (an understatement if I ever heard one), however I feel that it adds to the charm of the show rather than detracts. All in all a marvelous adaption.

My Grade: A


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