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Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect find themselves thrown off the Vogon spaceship into the vacuum of space. Improbably, they are rescued 29 seconds later by the Starship Heart of Gold. This brand... See full summary »

Director:

Alan J.W. Bell (uncredited)

Writers:

Douglas Adams, Douglas Adams (radio series)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Peter Jones ... The Book (voice)
Simon Jones ... Arthur Dent
David Dixon David Dixon ... Ford Prefect
Sandra Dickinson Sandra Dickinson ... Trillian
Mark Wing-Davey ... Zaphod Beeblebrox
Martin Benson ... Vogon Captain
Michael Cule Michael Cule ... Vogon Guard
Rayner Bourton ... Newscaster
Gil Morris Gil Morris ... Gag Halfrunt
David Learner David Learner ... Marvin
Stephen Moore Stephen Moore ... Marvin (voice)
David Tate David Tate ... Eddie (voice)
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Storyline

Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect find themselves thrown off the Vogon spaceship into the vacuum of space. Improbably, they are rescued 29 seconds later by the Starship Heart of Gold. This brand new model has just been high-jacked by the President of the Universe, Zaphod Beeblebrox and his girlfriend Trillian. Even more unlikely, it turns out both the hitch hikers and their rescuers have met before. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

12 January 1981 (UK) See more »

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Parts of the set of the Vogon spaceship were reused in Aliens (1986). See more »

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When the Vogon captain is reading his poetry, Ford's hairstyle changes noticeably throughout the scene; the result of shooting five months apart. (Of course, it could be that the poetry is so horrible that it made Ford's hair curl.) See more »

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The Book: Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the galaxy lies a small, unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly 92 million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.
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