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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 

Arthur Dent and his friend Ford Prefect escape the destruction of Earth only to face incredible trials, tribulations and adventures in space and time.
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Complete series cast summary:
...  The Book 6 episodes, 1981
...  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
...  Vogon Captain 2 episodes, 1981
...  Slartibartfast 2 episodes, 1981
...  Newscaster 2 episodes, 1981
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Arthur Dent is your average middle-class Briton. One day, while trying to prevent his house being destroyed to build a highway, his friend Ford Prefect whisks him away to the pub and explains that the Earth is about to be destroyed and they need to escape. Intergalactic, inter-time adventures ensue. Written by grantss

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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) | (6 episodes) (subsequent syndication) | (6 episodes)

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Trivia

In the original radio broadcast, the worst poet in the universe was given a name of a real person (Paul Neil Milne Johnstone, a classmate of Douglas Adams). Under threat of legal action, Adams altered the name slightly for the television series and novel. See more »

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

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[repeated line]
Arthur Dent: So this is it... we're going to die!
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Animator Kevin Davies, credited from episodes four to six, receives a different, humorous title each time. The job titles are: Mouse Trainer, Milliways Catering and Bath Superintendent. See more »

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Referenced in Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) See more »

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Journey of the Sorcerer
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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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