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Seasons:
1
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:
hugely enjoyable mini-series 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 .... hair department head / 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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1.33 : 1 See more »
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:
The names Slartibartfast, Majikthise, and Vroomfondel were intended to *sound* like rude words, whilst slipping under the radar of the censors. According to Douglas Adams, "Slartibartfast" started out as "Phartiphukborlz", and then he played around with the syllables until he had "something which sounded that rude, but was almost, but not quite, entirely inoffensive."See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
[repeated line]
Arthur Dent:So this is it... we're going to die!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Red Dwarf: All Change - Series III (2003) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Journey of the SorcererSee more »

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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
hugely enjoyable mini-series, 5 July 2004
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

'What does it say now?' 'Mostly harmless.'

So says the Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy's definition of the recently exterminated Planet Earth, as Arthur Dent goes on a fabulous and very silly journey through space and time without even having time to change out of his pyjamas and dressing gown. He's accompanied by his friend Ford Prefect (so called because he chose the name as the one most likely to blend in), a field reporter for the Guide.

The Guide itself of course is a huge best-seller mainly because it has 'Don't Panic' on the front in big letters ...

I'm watching it again as I write, now knowing every line and enjoying it immensely. It looks inept despite the cost (but the animation to create the computer sequences was good). It gives a few visual pointers to the (superior) radio series of the late 1970s, which had many of the same cast (specifically Peter 'voice of the book' Jones, Simon 'Arthur Dent' Jones, and the totally wonderful Mark 'Zaphod Beeblebrox' Wing-Davey - the sexiest two-headed guy you'll see in deep space).

Added to this version is Sandra Dickinson as Trillian, excellent in her bubble bimbo blonde astrophysicist way; and David Dixon as a charming Ford Prefect. There are other good actors in the cast - Colin Jeavons, Dave Prowse, David Rowlands, Richard Vernon, and Peter Davison. And who can forget Marvin 'I'm feeling very depressed' the Paranoid Android, voiced by Stephen Moore?

Can this BBC class act be topped by the upcoming movie? I doubt it. The good news is that many of the cast from this version will be back on the radio continuing the story very soon. That's something to look forward to.

In the meantime, those of you who are waiting for the film and haven't seen this, please seek the original out. So many highlights and so hilarious, not to mention 'What a Wonderful World'. 'Resistance is useless...'.

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