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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:
Classic British satire mixed with absurdist humour See more (77 total) »

Cast

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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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Certification:
Australia:PG (cable rating) | Australia:G (original rating) | Finland:K-7 (2003) | UK:PG | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Zaphod's second, remote controlled mechanical head constantly malfunctioned on the set, resulting in it lolling to the side or staring blankly into the distance. In addition, if Mark Wing-Davey became overly active whilst wearing the costume (something that was very prone to happening, due to the show's plot and Zaphod's inherent character), the motion would often strip the gears inside the head. Wing-Davey later said in interviews that the cost of building and maintaining the head probably exceeded his salary for the program.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]
Marvin:I think you ought to know I'm feeling very depressed.
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Soundtrack:
Journey of the SorcererSee more »

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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Classic British satire mixed with absurdist humour, 16 July 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

In the early eighties Arthur Dent awakes to find the council is preparing to bulldoze his home to make way for a by-pass. Arthur is determined to sop them but is distracted by his friend Ford Prefect who is sure the world is about to be destroyed by the Vogons. Arthur is shocked to find that Ford is not from Gilford but really from another planet and that he is correct in his assertions. The two escape by hitching a ride on the Vogon ship and thus begins an adventure that will see them meet old friends and see places in new ways thanks to the guidance of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Based on the radio show, this was what made Douglas Adams. The plot is pretty thin but is matched by the observations from the aforementioned book itself. The is allows one half of each show to be moving things forward and making the show actually go somewhere and for the other half to be absurdly funny. The story is good enough to be amusing by itself but with the sly wit of the guide taking swipes at things in a sideways fashion it becomes even better.

It is rarely laugh out loud funny, and I've yet to meet an American who gets the satire/wit of the thing (although there are some!). Simply because this is a witty thing rather than a silly, hilarious thing. The plot does require some leaps of faith as our characters escape death in several unlikely ways – but this is sci-fi and more importantly we always have the book to put it all in focus. The guide's comments show that the galaxy, like earth, is an insecure place that is really quite meaningless at the end of the day.

Jones is perfect as the book – he always sound slightly unbelieving of what he was saying, as if he was taken aback by the sheer amazement he was feeling! Simon Jones is likable as Arthur but I always found Dixon a little too cocky for Ford. Likewise I was never a real fan of Wing Davey but I must admit the two heads were good for the time. The rest of the cast are very good – but really the two Jones's are carrying the two separate elements of the show.

Overall those who know the books and the radio show will feel some material is missing, but really these 6 episodes cover the basic material very well and are very true to the source. The wit may go over the head of some people but this is absurd British wit of the finest sort.

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