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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a science fiction comedy radio series written by Douglas Adams. It was originally broadcast in the UK by BBC Radio 4 in 1978.

The series follows the adventures of hapless Englishman Arthur Dent and his friend Ford Prefect, an alien who writes for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a pan-galactic encyclopaedia and travel guide. After Earth is destroyed in the first episode, Arthur and Ford find themselves aboard a stolen spaceship piloted by Zaphod Beeblebrox, depressed robot Marvin, and Trillian, the only other human survivor of Earth's destruction.

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a science fiction comedy radio series written by Douglas Adams. It was originally broadcast in the UK by BBC Radio 4 in 1978.

The series follows the adventures of hapless Englishman Arthur Dent and his friend Ford Prefect, an alien who writes for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a pan-galactic encyclopaedia and travel guide. After Earth is destroyed in the first episode, Arthur and Ford find themselves aboard a stolen spaceship piloted by Zaphod Beeblebrox, depressed robot Marvin, and Trillian, the only other human survivor of Earth's destruction.

    Fit the Sixteenth

    Fit the Sixteenth

    The episode begins with Arthur, who has been "diverted" by Agrajag, who claims that Arthur has killed previous incarnations of him hundreds of times. He also claims to have been the bowl of petunias that materialised into existence in Fit the Third. Eventually it transpires one of the deaths was at Stavromula Beta, where someone tried to assassinate Arthur, and he ducked, hitting Agrajag. Arthur however has never been there. Agrajag cries "I've brought you here too zarking soon", but decides to attempt to kill Arthur anyway.

    Arthur and Agrajag struggle, and Agrajag dies. Arthur escapes from the Cathedral of Hate, to which he had been diverted, by running into a passageway in the mountain. He notes that he has somehow ended up with the wrong bag—one he lost on Earth many years ago. He trips, and falls, only to discover that he is flying. He experiments with flying for a while, only to be hit in the small of the back by the party which Ford and Slartibartfast are attempting to enter.

    The party is flying as well, and Ford and Slartibartfast are on a ledge around the building, not being permitted entry due to the lack of a bottle. Arthur remembers that his bag contains a bottle of Retsina, and this gets them entry. They see Trillian and Thor at the party, where Thor is chatting Trillian up.

    They quiz people trying to find the Silver Bail, and discover that it has been instantiated as an award (a Rory) for the Most Gratuitous Use Of The Word Fuck In A Serious Screenplay. Before they are actually able to find it, the Krikkit robots appear, massacre the party-goers and take the Silver Bail.

    Arthur tricks Thor into walking out of the building by challenging him to fight, leaving Trillian with no choice but to come with them. The Krikkitmen now have all the parts of the Wikkit Key, and Slartibartfast notes that their next move must be to go to the Wikkit Gate itself and try to intervene. 

    Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 12 October 2004

    Cast:


        The Book: William Franklyn 
        Arthur Dent: Simon Jones 
        Ford Prefect: Geoffrey McGivern 
        Slartibartfast: Richard Griffiths 
        Trillian: Susan Sheridan 
        Thor: Dominic Hawksley 
        Agrajag: Douglas Adams 
        Award winner: Bob Golding 
        Woman with the Sydney Opera House Head: Joanna Lumley 
        Party Doorman: Paul Wickens 
        Announcer: John Marsh 

    • 31 min
    Fit the Fifteenth

    Fit the Fifteenth

    Slartibartfast shows Ford and Arthur an Informational Illusion about the Krikkit Wars and the Wikkit Gate, and that the game of cricket on Earth is a "racial memory" of the Wars. Investigating further, they discover that the Krikkitmen, a previously peaceful people, built their first spaceship in a year, after a spaceship landed on their planet. The planet and its sun had been previously obscured in a dust cloud that left the Krikkitmen unaware of the existence or even possibility of existence of stars. It is considered remarkable that they constructed a working ship in just a year. After they saw the rest of the universe existed, they decided to annihilate it.

    Meanwhile, on the Heart of Gold, Zaphod Beeblebrox hears the noise of thousands of people saying "Wop". He intercepts them on the bridge, where he is told they want the "Golden Bail", the ship's Infinite Improbability Drive. They take it, shoot him, and leave.

    Back on Slartibartfast's ship, Ford and Arthur watch the Krikkit War Crimes Trial, presided over by Judiciary Pag. Pag's sentence is that Krikkit will be locked in an envelope of "Slo-Time", until the universe has ended, when it will be released, thus saving the universe from attack from Krikkit, and allowing Krikkit to exist in isolation after the end of the universe. However, a Krikkit ship escaped.

    Slartibartfast notes that parts of the key to the Wikkit Gate, sealing the envelope of Slo-Time, have been re-appearing. After a failed attempt to recover the Wooden Pillar (the Ashes), Slartibartfast plans to go to a party, to locate the Silver Bail. Ford disagrees with this objective but agrees with the concept of going to a party. They teleport from the ship.

    Arthur does not materialise with Ford and Slartibartfast, but elsewhere, in a gloomy room, with signs such as "DO NOT BE ALARMED. BE VERY VERY FRIGHTENED, ARTHUR DENT". The episode ends on a cliff-hanger, with the previously unintroduced character of Agrajag saying "Bet you weren't expecting to see me again."

    The episode includes several Guide interludes, notably the story of Lallafa the poet, and a description of Brockian Ultra-Cricket. 

    Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 5 October 2004

    Cast:


        The Book: William Franklyn 
        Arthur Dent: Simon Jones 
        Ford Prefect: Geoffrey McGivern 
        Slartibartfast: Richard Griffiths 
        Zaphod Beeblebrox: Mark Wing-Davey 
        Wikkit Voice: Dominic Hawksley 
        Agrajag: Douglas Adams 
        Eddie the Computer: Roger Gregg 
        Judiciary Pag: Rupert Degas 
        Krikkit Man One (and Mancunian Correcting-Fluid Magnate, uncredited): Michael Fenton Stevens 
        Krikkit Man Two (and Krikkit song by): Philip Pope 
        Krikkit Man Three: Tom Maggs 
        Henry Blofeld: Himself 
        Fred Trueman: Himself 
        Announcer: John Marsh 

    • 35 min
    Fit the Fourteenth

    Fit the Fourteenth

    Arthur and Ford arrive at Lord's Cricket Ground on the sofa that they had caught in the previous episode. They have arrived in the final Test Match in the Ashes, in the middle of the field. A policeman apprehends them, and they retire to the pavilion.

    Watching the match, Arthur drinks some tea and glances upon a newspaper. He notices the date on the newspaper, and realises that it was from the day before the Earth was demolished. A ball lands in Arthur's bag, and when the fielder comes to collect it, Arthur decides to keep it.

    With the planet about to be demolished again, they then look for another lift from the planet. They discover a spaceship, hidden by a "Somebody Else's Problem field", hidden behind a screen.

    The game finishes, with England winning the Ashes, and Slartibartfast joins Arthur and Ford. Slartibartfast explains that he has arrived because "something terrible is about to happen". He walks to the centre of the cricket pitch, and asks to be given the Ashes saying that they are "vitally important for the past, present and future safety of the Galaxy".

    Another spaceship arrives. Eleven white robots, carrying bats, and wearing rocket pads on their shins (dressed like cricketers), come suddenly out, and start attacking the spectators and players with their bats, using them to hit grenade-like explosives at the humans present. They take the Ashes, say "we declare", and go back into their ship. Ford and Arthur catch a lift with Slartibartfast on his ship.

    Meanwhile, Marvin is once again making conversation with a mattress. A similar ship to before arrives, and white robots get out and take Marvin's one remaining leg. After a brief while, they return and decide to take all of Marvin instead. 

    Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 28 September 2004

    Cast:


    The Book: William Franklyn
    Arthur Dent: Simon Jones
    Ford Prefect: Geoffrey McGivern
    Marvin the Paranoid Android: Stephen Moore
    Krikkit Robots: Dominic Hawksley
    Slartibartfast: Richard Griffiths
    Zem the Mattress: Andy Taylor
    Walkie Talkie: Fiona Carew
    The Boy: Theo Maggs
    Wowbagger: Toby Longworth
    Deodat: Bruce Hyman
    Henry Blofeld: Himself
    Fred Trueman: Himself
    Announcer: John Marsh

    • 31 min
    Fit the Thirteenth

    Fit the Thirteenth

    Arthur wakes up in a cave on pre-historic Earth (thus ignoring the  events of the Secondary Phase), on the day, four years after he last saw Ford Prefect,  that Ford arrives back.  Ford carries news that he has detected  disturbances in the "space-time wash", and that they might be able to  escape.  The disturbance turns out to be an old sofa, which materialises  in a field.  They chase the sofa as it runs off, and then are  transported elsewhere.

    Zaphod and Trillian are on the Heart of Gold, without Marvin.  Zaphod is extremely hung over, and upset that Trillian is dismissing the events of The Secondary Phase as a "psychotic episode".  Trillian wishes to do something and is  getting increasingly annoyed at Zaphod.  After preparing a fabulous  meal, and Zaphod still refusing to come out of the bathroom, she  teleports away, telling the ship to "transport me the hell out of Zaphod  Beeblebrox's life."

    Meanwhile, Marvin is on a swamp on Sqornshellous Zeta, conversing  with the native life-forms, mattresses.  He is circling around and  around on one leg, while his artificial (i.e. replacement) leg is stuck  in the swamp.

    Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 21 September 2004

    Cast:     


    The Book: Peter Jones and William Franklyn
    Arthur Dent: Simon Jones
    Wowbagger (and Vogon Captain, uncredited): Toby Longworth
    Ford Prefect: Geoffrey McGivern
    Trillian: Susan Sheridan
    Zaphod Beeblebrox: Mark Wing-Davey
    Marvin the Paranoid Android: Stephen Moore
    Eddie the Computer: Roger Gregg
    Zem the Mattress: Andy Taylor
    Announcer: John Marsh

    • 29 min
    BONUS: Kaleidoscope - Hitchhiker's Guide Special - 1980/01/21

    BONUS: Kaleidoscope - Hitchhiker's Guide Special - 1980/01/21

    The BBC Radio 4's arts magazine programme Kaleidoscope previews the forthcoming BBC TV adaptation of The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Presenter Colin Ford talks to comedian Rob Buckman.

    Originally broadcasted on 13 January 1980.

    • 18 min
    Fit the Twelfth

    Fit the Twelfth

    Disaster! Our hapless hitchhikers, Lintilla, and her clones are attacked by Brontitall Foot Warriors. Chaos ensues when the Lintillas meet Allitnil and his clones. Ford and Zaphod attempt to take over the working space ship only to find that there is a crew on board. They are whisked away from Brontitall and find themselves in from of the man who is running the Universe. He tells them that it was Zaphod who arranged the demolition of the Earth in order to put in the space bypass. Arthur is not pleased. 

    Cast: 


    The Book: Peter Jones
    Arthur Dent: Simon Jones
    Ford Prefect and Varntvar The Priest: Geoffrey McGivern
    Zaphod Beeblebrox: Mark Wing-Davey
    Lintillas and Android Stewardess: Rula Lenska
    The Allitnils: David Tate
    Poodoo: Ken Campbell
    Autopilot and Zarniwoop: Jonathan Pryce
    Marvin the Paranoid Android and The Man in the Shack: Stephen Moore
    Announcer (uncredited): John Marsh

    • 28 min

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