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30 October 1982 (USA) See more »
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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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 (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)

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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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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Stereo (video release)
Australia:PG (cable rating) | Australia:G (original rating) | Finland:K-7 (2003) | UK:PG | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Alan J.W. Bell relates that he was working on a "making-of" documentary about Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), in a cutting room in Ealing, when Kevin Davies overheard a sound, stuck in his head and said "Excuse me, is that R2-D2?". Davies (a huge Hitchhikers' fan) then recognized Bell's name, and recommended his employer (Rod Lord Animation) for the graphics in the TV version.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: The person operating Zaphod's third arm can be seen on multiple occasions.See more »
[repeated line]
Arthur Dent:So this is it... we're going to die!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Mama (2013/I)See more »
Journey of the SorcererSee more »


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29 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Sophisticated Scifi Humor for Intelligent People, 7 April 2004
Author: koconnor-1 from Attleboro, MA

Imagine, if you will, Doctor Who, Babylon 5, Galactica and Star Trek compacted into a compost heap and recycled by the hands of the Monty Python troupe. Now you're getting the idea.

Douglas Adams (a co-writer for "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", among other things) takes us on a hilarious romp through the universe and the space-time continuum with wimpy nebbish Arthur Dent, intergalactic field researcher Ford Prefect, a beautiful (hyper-intelligent) earth girl, a two headed drunken ex-galactic-president, and a paranoid android.

With clever asides and witty dialog, the mismatched team discovers the origins of the universe, witnesses the end of same (over cocktails and the dish of the day), and scours the universe for a decent cup of tea. Particularly funny are Adams' (through the voice of the narrator) wry observations on humanity and the oddball track that we supposedly-intelligent lifeforms have taken in the grand scheme of things.

All in all, a most satisfying bit of comedy for people who love to think.

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