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Seasons:
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Release Date:
30 October 1982 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Don't panic!
Plot:
An Earth man and his alien friend escape Earth's destruction and go on a truly strange adventure as space hitchhikers. Full summary »
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Awards:
5 wins See more »
User Reviews:
There is a need to set the record straight! See more (77 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 12)
Peter Jones ... The Book (6 episodes, 1981)

Simon Jones ... 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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Series Directed by
Alan J.W. Bell (6 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Writing credits
Douglas Adams (6 episodes, 1981)

Series Produced by
Alan J.W. Bell .... producer (6 episodes, 1981)
John Lloyd .... associate producer (6 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Film Editing by
Glenn Hyde (4 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Production Design by
Andrew Howe-Davies (6 episodes, 1981)
Tom Yardley-Jones (2 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Costume Design by
Dee Robson (6 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Makeup Department
Joan Stribling .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Production Management
Michael Cager .... production manager (6 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Art Department
Douglas Burd .... graphic designer (6 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Sound Department
Paddy Kingsland .... radiophonic effects (6 episodes, 1981)
Michael McCarthy .... sound director (6 episodes, 1981)
Paul Roberts .... dubbing mixer (6 episodes, 1981)
Stuart Moser .... film recordist (3 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Graham Brown .... visual effects assistant (6 episodes, 1981)
Jim Francis .... visual effects designer (6 episodes, 1981)
Dave Jervis .... electronic effects (6 episodes, 1981)
Dave Chapman .... electronic effects (2 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Bert Postlethwaite .... studio lighting (6 episodes, 1981)
Peter Hall .... camera operator: film camera (4 episodes, 1981)
Dave Thomson .... camera operator: studio cameras (4 episodes, 1981)
Godfrey Johnson .... camera operator: film camera (2 episodes, 1981)
Jeff Oliver .... camera operator: studio cameras (2 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Animation Department
Rod Lord .... animator (6 episodes, 1981)
Kevin Davies .... animator (3 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Editorial Department
Ian Williams .... editor: video tape (6 episodes, 1981)
Chris Gage .... vision mixer (3 episodes, 1981)
Angela Wilson .... vision mixer (2 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Music Department
Paddy Kingsland .... radiophonic music (6 episodes, 1981)
Bernie Leadon .... composer: title music (6 episodes, 1981)
Tim Souster .... arranger: title music (6 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Other crew
Norman Brierley .... technical manager (6 episodes, 1981)
Jean Peyre .... design effects (6 episodes, 1981)
Cliff Pinnock .... assistant floor manager (6 episodes, 1981)
Vicky Pugh .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1981)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" - UK (complete title), USA (video title)
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Runtime:
Australia:32 min (6 episodes) | Germany:152 min (2 parts) | USA:25 min (7 episodes) (original release) | USA:33 min (6 episodes) (subsequent syndication) | 33 min (6 episodes)
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Sound Mix:
Mono | Stereo (video release)
Certification:
Australia:PG (cable rating) | Australia:G (original rating) | Finland:K-7 (2003) | UK:PG | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Shooty and Bang-Bang (the American cops at the end of episode 4) were inspired by the main characters in "Starsky and Hutch" (1975). Douglas Adams' impression of this show was that the characters cared too much to shoot people, so they crashed their cars into them instead.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Ford and Arthur meet Zaphod for the first time in the series (near the end of the first episode) the operator of Zaphod's third arm can be seen (they can be seen in other episodes, too, notably the third)See more »
Quotes:
[repeated line]
Arthur Dent:So this is it... we're going to die!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Wayward Frankenstein (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
Journey of the SorcererSee more »

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21 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
There is a need to set the record straight!, 23 February 2005
Author: jfwhelan from England

I have read through the reviews and find that many people are questioning whether this series is faithful to the books. It pre-dated most of them! I remember listening to the original radio shows on the BBC – I loved them: the humour, the wit, the sheer mind-boggling grandeur of the concept. Later when Adams rewrote his early radio scripts as a book I read it, but was disappointed: for me, it lacked the immediacy and the warmth of the radio scripts – I personally think the later books that were not radio script rewrites were better, or maybe it's just that I wasn't finding fault with differences between the books and the loved original.

Yes this was first a radio show, then a book (later books) and during the process of writing the books was transcribed from radio to a TV comedy in 6 half hour episodes closely matching the equivalent radio episodes from the first (radio) series. Don't assume you are watching a film or a mini-series – you are not! This was produced, because the Radio series was absolutely cult for many baby-boomers who had listened to it during their University years and the BBC recognised the demand and catered for it. Yes it was low budget, yes of course there were many things wrong with it, but Adams, himself, was involved in the TV scripts and the story changes were his or at least approved by him.

For those of us who had loved the radio series, this was good stuff; the right jokes were there and more importantly the late great Peter Jones was still the voice of the book. In fact we had the same Arthur Dent, Zaphod and Marvin as well. I, personally, was reasonably happy with the new Ford Prefect, but oh so disappointed by Sandra Dickenson as Trillian; for me, as for so many, this character had to have Susan Sheridan's voice and I will never be able to imagine her as blond.

It wasn't the radio series, but it was still very good, so please see this show in context as something between the original radio series and the books: it was never an adaptation of a book it was an adaptation of a radio script as were at least half of the books (I say at least half, since Adams wrote more radio scripts than were ever made and I think some of the later books were first conceived as radio scripts). Finally please remember you are criticising what was designed to be a sort of six episode sitcom it was never a mini-series. And for those of you who are only familiar with the books go back to source, if you can, and revel in the original radio series (12 half hour episodes in two series) and please remember these are not an adaptation of the books: these are the original and were made and broadcast before the first book was ever written.

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