Episode 1 (Fit The First)

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Primary PhaseArthur Dent’s having a more troublesome Thursday than usual. For one thing, the local council has decided to demolish his house and several others with as little warning as possible, all to make way for a new bypass. To protest this, Arthur lays down in front of a bulldozer which would, without his presence, destroy his home completely. And while that’s stressful enough, Arthur’s somewhat odd friend Ford Prefect chooses this very moment to come along and insist that Arhur must come to the pub with him and imbibe heavily, and somehow – according to Ford – the end of the world figures into the proceedings. Arthur reluctantly agrees, but regrets it soon afterward when he hears, from the cozy confines of the pub, the destruction of his house. But before Arthur can exact his revenge on the bureaucrats who made this all possible, he becomes one of the only surviving witnesses, from the not-so-cozy confines of a Vogon Constructor ship, to the destruction of the entire Earth – and the slightly bewildered recipient of a babel fish, courtesy of Ford. As it happens, Ford isn’t from Earth at all, and is a roving researcher for an encyclopedic electronic book known as the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The spaceship which Ford has managed to use to escape from Earth, with Arthur in tow, has a crew which isn’t from Earth either…and they’re none too pleased to discover that they have hitchhikers aboard.

Order this CDwritten by Douglas Adams
directed by Alick Hale-Munro
music by Paddy Kingsland

Cast: Peter Jones (The Voice of the Book), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect), Bill Wallis (Prosser/Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz), Jo Kendall (Lady Cynthia Fitzmelon), David Gooderson (Barman)

Notes: If you can imagine David Gooderson quite a bit more angry and strident, and you happen to be a Doctor Who fan, you might remember him as Davros from the 1979 Doctor Who story Destiny Of The Daleks.

Episode 2 (Fit The Second)

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Primary PhaseAgainst all odds, Ford and Arthur have completely and utterly failed to find a way to prevent being thrown out of an airlock by the captain of the Vogon ship. And against all probability, Ford and Arthur are picked up before they die, rescued by a sleek new starship which is powered by the revolutionary (and inexplicable) Infinite Improbability Drive. Ford is elated to find that the ship in question, the Heart of Gold, is under the command of his two-headed, three-armed, usually-inebriated semi-cousin Zaphod Beeblebrox. And Arthur is stunned to find out that he’s not the only surviving member of the human race; a girl named Trillian (who Arthur knew as Tricia McMillan) is traveling with Zaphod, who convinced her at a party to leave Earth and join him several months ago – even though Arthur was attempting to get friendly with her at the same party. Ford and Arthur also meet Marvin, the ship’s permanently-depressed robot. There’s only one problem with the Heart of Gold (in addition to the fact that Zaphod barely knows how to fly it): Zaphod stole it, and now every cop in the galaxy will be hot on his trail.

Order this CDwritten by Douglas Adams
directed by Alick Hale-Munro
music by Paddy Kingsland

Cast: Peter Jones (The Voice of the Book), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect), Stephen Moore (Marvin), Mark Wing-Davey (Zaphod Beeblebrox), Susan Sheridan (Trillian), Bill Wallis (Vogon Captain), David Tate (Vogon Guard / Eddie)

Notes: The original radio broadcast attributed the worst poetry in the universe to Paul Neil Milne Jonhston, an actual acquaintance of Douglas Adams who – perhaps understandably – objected to this dubious tribute, especially when it came in the form of a radio program broadcast across Britain. In later LP releases, the novels, the television series, and even the version of the radio shows syndicated to America, this name was changed to “Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings.”

Episode 3 (Fit The Third)

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Primary PhaseThe Heart of Gold enters orbit around Magrathea, a near-mythical dead planet once famed for its singular industry: the construction of custom-designed planets. When automatic defense systems warn the ship off and Zaphod insists on approaching for a landing, a vicious attack ensues. Arthur suggests firing the Infinite Improbability Drive at the last minute, which not only whisks the ship away to safety, but also does away with the nuclear missiles from Magrathea. The Heart of Gold lands, and Zaphod, Ford and Trillian go off to explore as Arthur and Marvin guard the ship (despite Zaphod’s assurances that the entire planet is unpopulated). Arthur soon finds out that the planet is populated by at least one man, Slartibartfast. The others soon find out that they haven’t seen the last of the automatic defense systems, and Arthur subsequently discovers that he hasn’t seen the last of his home planet.

Order this CDwritten by Douglas Adams
directed by Alick Hale-Munro
music by Paddy Kingsland

Cast: Peter Jones (The Voice of the Book), Richard Vernon (Slartibartfast), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect), Stephen Moore (Marvin), Mark Wing-Davey (Zaphod Beeblebrox), Susan Sheridan (Trillian), David Tate (Eddie)

Episode 4 (Fit The Fourth)

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Primary PhaseSlartibartfast takes Arthur into the hyperspatial construction grounds of Magrathea, where the planet-building engineers are hard at work on a special commission – the new Earth, a replacement for the old one which, as it turns out, was demolished five minutes too soon. The Earth was actually bankrolled by the beings humans know as mice, which are actually incredibly advanced pan-dimensional beings who built the Earth as an organic computer. The Earth’s program was to calculate the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything. (The answer, already known, is simply 42.) But with the Vogons having destroyed millions of years’ work, the mice now hope to extract the question directly from Arthur’s brain. Meanwhile, intergalactic police arrive, hoping to extract Zaphod and the Heart of Gold from Magrathea. And now all the travelers want is to extract themselves in one piece.

Order this CDwritten by Douglas Adams
directed by Alick Hale-Munro
music by Paddy Kingsland

Cast: Peter Jones (The Voice of the Book), Richard Vernon (Slartibartfast), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect / Deep Thought), Mark Wing-Davey (Zaphod Beeblebrox), Susan Sheridan (Trillian), Jonathan Adams (Majikthise / Cheerleader), Ray Hassett (First computer programmer / Bang Bang / PA voice), Jeremy Browne (Second computer programmer), James Broadbent (Vroomfondel / Shooty), Peter Hawkins (Frankie mouse), David Tate (Benjy mouse)

Episode 5 (Fit The Fifth)

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Primary PhaseThe computer bank behind which Zaphod, Ford, Trillian and Arthur are hiding on Magrathea blows up, but instead of killing them, the explosion propels them millions of years forward in time. They awaken in Milliway’s, the Restaurant at the Edge of the Universe, which was constructed on the ruins of Magrathea eons later. It also turns out that Marvin is there too, though he took the long way, remaining on Magrathea for millennia until Milliway’s was built. Not keen on staying at Milliway’s long enough to be found by the police – to whom, presumably, a few millennia make no difference – Zaphod decides to steal a particularly sleek black ship that has been parked in the restaurant’s docks.

Order this CDwritten by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd
directed by Alick Hale-Munro
music by Paddy Kingsland

Cast: Peter Jones (The Voice of the Book), Antony Sharpe (Garkbit / Zarquon), Roy Hudd (Compere’), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect), Mark Wing-Davey (Zaphod Beeblebrox), Susan Sheridan (Trillian), Stephen Moore (Marvin)

Episode 6 (Fit The Sixth)

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Primary PhaseThe ship that Zaphod has “borrowed” turns out to be the personal command cruiser of the admiral of a Haggunenon battlefleet. The ship, like its Haggunenon admiral, is organic and evolves rapidly, often over lunchtime. Before long, it becomes quite an inhospitable environment for Zaphod, Ford, Trillian and Arthur, and they’re forced to bail out in escape pods, though only Ford and Arthur actually escape. Thanks to Arthur punching a button, their escape pod travels millions of years backward in time, arriving aboard a Golgafrincham Space Ark. Supposedly, this ship – containing vacuum-frozen hairdressers, TV producers, salespeople and other middle-class members of Golgafrincham society – is one of three evacuation craft escaping the death of the Golgafrincham solar system. Or at least, that’s what its occupants have been told – in actuality, they’ve been sent away from their world while the rest of their planet’s population has a bit of a laugh. The Ark crashes into a primitive world, and its clueless occupants try to form a new society. Ford and Arthur investigate the planet on which they may now be marooned for the rest of their lives, only to find that they’ve been there before.

Order this CDwritten by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd
directed by Alick Hale-Munro
music by Paddy Kingsland
(featuring “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong)

Cast: Peter Jones (The Voice of the Book), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect), Mark Wing-Davey (Zaphod Beeblebrox), Susan Sheridan (Trillian), Stephen Moore (Marvin), Beth Porter (Marketing girl), Jonathan Cecil (Number One / Management consultant), David Jason (Captain / Caveman), Aubrey Woods (Number Two / Hairdresser)

Episode 7 (Fit The Seventh)

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Secondary PhaseArthur and Ford are trapped on prehistoric Earth, watching the ship of Golgafrincham middle-men lay the groundwork for what will, depressingly enough, eventually become humanity. Evolution turns out to be a saving grace for Zaphod Beeblebrox, however, as he was eaten by a rapidly evolving life form which handily turned into an escape pod. Zaphod makes his way to Ursa Minor Beta, where the home offices of the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy are located. It seems Zaphod received a message from himself, instructing him to come here and seek out a man named Zarniwoop. But when Zaphod arrives at the Guide offices, his luck begins to run out quickly – he meets up with Marvin yet again, is stuck in the building when Frogstar fighters begin to bomb it to smithereens, and is still stuck in the building when it’s carved right out of the surface of the planet to be whisked away to the Frogstar itself.

Order this CDwritten by Douglas Adams
directed by Alick Hale-Munro
music by Paddy Kingsland

Cast: Peter Jones (The Voice of the Book), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect / Frogstar Robot), Stephen Moore (Marvin), Mark Wing-Davey (Zaphod Beeblebrox), Bill Patterson (Assistant Arcturan pilot), David Tate (Arcturan Captain / Receptionist / Lift), Alan Ford (Roosta)

Notes: Aired as a Christmas special near the end of 1978 – over a year before the five episodes that make up the second series proper – the seventh episode of Hitchhiker’s Guide is still considered a part of the second series by many. It was originally intended to tie into the story of the birth of Jesus, with a spaceborne Marvin burning up in Earth’s atmosphere to provide the “star” followed by the three wise men. Despite coming up with the idea, Douglas Adams later said he felt it would have been in poor taste, and devised a story with clearer links to what he had planned for the second series. The second series didn’t air until January 1980.

Episode 8 (Fit The Eighth)

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Secondary PhaseZaphod Beeblebrox isn’t in big trouble. He left big trouble behind long ago and is now in galaxy-sized trouble – he has been taken to the Frogstar, the most evil world in all the galaxy, where he has a date with the Total Perspective Vortex…a usually fatal sentence. No less fatal is the predicment in which Ford and Arthur have found themselves. Ford’s attempt to flag down a passing spaceship to hitch a ride has instead resulted in the ship crashing and causing a volcanic eruption, leaving the two hitchhikers trapped in a cave with no escape. Rather inexplicably, Zaphod rescues them in the Heart of Gold, having survived his encounter with the Total Perspective Vortex.

Order this CDwritten by Douglas Adams
directed by Alick Hale-Munro
music by Paddy Kingsland

Cast: Peter Jones (The Voice of the Book), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect), Mark Wing-Davey (Zaphod Beeblebrox), Alan Ford (Roosta), David Tate (Eddie / Frogstar Prison Relations Officer), Valentine Dyall (Gargravarr)

Episode 9 (Fit The Ninth)

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Secondary PhaseThough Zaphod has managed to escape the Total Perspective Vortex – at the cost, perhaps, of a bit of what’s left of his sanity – the Heart of Gold crew’s problems are only beginning. Ford notices that a Vogon fleet has been following the ship for some time now, but takes his time to notify Arthur or Zaphod of this fact. Though the Vogons are packing enough firepower to finish them off, they seem to be holding back for some reason. This is just as well, because Arthur as inadvertently set the Heart of Gold’s entire computer system onto the problem of why he should ask for real tea instead of synthesized tea, leaving the rest of the ship incapable of offering any kind of tactical or defensive help. When the Vogons do attack, however, Zaphod seeks help from the other side.

Order this CDwritten by Douglas Adams
directed by Alick Hale-Munro
music by Paddy Kingsland

Cast: Peter Jones (The Voice of the Book), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect / Ventilation system), Mark Wing-Davey (Zaphod Beeblebrox), Stephen Moore (Marvin / Gag Halfrunt / Vogon guard), David Tate (Eddie / Vogon guard #2 / Vogon computer), Bill Wallis (Vogon Captain), Leueen Willoughby (Nutrimat machine), Richard Goolden (Zaphod Beeblebrox IV)

Episode 10 (Fit The Tenth)

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Secondary PhaseThe Heart of Gold escapes the Vogons by using the Infinite Improbability Drive, materializing in what looks like a cave on the planet Brontitall. Technically, though, it’s not on the planet – it’s 13 miles above the planet, as Arthur discovers when he falls out of the opening. Luckily for him, he lands on the back of a large and apparently sentient bird, who informs him that he’s actually just fallen out of a statue. When Arthur sees the statue in full, he’s aghast to see it’s a representation of himself, throwing a cup of badly made synthetic tea from the Heart of Gold’s nutrimat. Every oriface of the anatomically correct statue has become home to this race of intelligent birds. Much to his alarm, Arthur finds that he may have changed the very course of evolution on Brontitall, and he also finds that an archaeologist named Lintilla is currently attempting to work out quite how he did it.

Order this CDwritten by Douglas Adams
directed by Alick Hale-Munro
music by Paddy Kingsland

Cast: Peter Jones (The Voice of the Book), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect), Mark Wing-Davey (Zaphod Beeblebrox), Stephen Moore (Marvin), David Tate (Eddie), Ronald Baddiley (Bird One), John Baddeley (Bird Two / Foot Warrior), Rula Lenska (Lintilla), John Le Mesurier (Wise Old Bird)

Notes: It may surprise Hitchhiker’s fans to learn that it wasn’t until this episode of the radio series that the now-legendary tirade on uses for the towel was introduced to the Hitchhiker mythos, along with the words “hoopy” and “frood.”

Episode 11 (Fit The Eleventh)

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Secondary PhaseMomentous events are afoot on Brontitall as Arthur and Lintilla (and a couple of her five billion or so clones) discover a layer of ancient shoes beneath the planet’s surface. This proves Lintilla’s theory that Brontitall may have once been a shoe-based economy, eschewing every other sector of commerce in favor of the production, marketing and sale of footwear. Meanwhile, Ford and Arthur have rather haphazardly made their way to the planet’s surface via bird, where they find a graveyard of spacecraft – including one which still seems to be in good working condition.

Order this CDwritten by Douglas Adams
directed by Alick Hale-Munro
music by Paddy Kingsland

Cast: Peter Jones (The Voice of the Book), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect), Mark Wing-Davey (Zaphod Beeblebrox), Stephen Moore (Marvin / Pupil), David Tate (Eddie / Compu-Teach / Commentator), John Baddeley (Bird Two / Foot Warrior), Rula Lenska (Lintilla), Mark Smith (Hig Hurtenflurst)

Episode 12 (Fit The Twelfth)

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Secondary PhaseArthur, Lintilla, Marvin, Lintilla and Lintilla are trapped, pinned down by Brontitall Foot Warriors, but they get an unexpected bit of help from a number of clones all named Allitnil, all of whom are quite taken with Lintilla. Meanwhile, Ford and Zaphod make their way into the still-viable derelict, discovering that the crew is in suspended animation – at least until they awaken. But they’re suddenly removed from Brontitall by Zarniwoop, the man about whom Zaphod left himself a message. Together with Arthur, they meet the man who’s supposedly running the universe. And when he reveals that it was, in fact, Zaphod who ordered the demolition of the Earth, no one expects Arthur Dent to do what he does next.

Order this CDCast: Peter Jones (The Voice of the Book), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect / Priest), Mark Wing-Davey (Zaphod Beeblebrox), Stephen Moore (Marvin / The Man in the Shack), David Tate (Eddie / Allitnils), Rula Lenska (Lintilla / Stewardess), Ken Campbell (Poodoo), Jonthan Pryce (Zarniwoop / Autopilot)

Episode 13 (Fit The Thirteenth)

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Tertiary PhaseArthur is awakened on prehistoric Earth by a flying saucer. Sensing that salvation has arrived, he’s naturally a little bit disappointed when the spaceship’s occupant, instead of rescuing him, insults him and then moves on. Arthur isn’t much more encouraged by the appearance of Ford Prefect, especially when Ford has fished the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy out of the nearest river, and yet hasn’t spoken to Arthur in years. Furthermore, when Ford points out that a Chesterfield sofa has appeared on a grassy plain in prehistoric Earth and instructs Arthur to jump on it, it’s clear that Arthur’s reality is once again leaning toward surrealism. Elsewhere in the universe, Trillian decides she’s had enough to Zaphod’s particular mixed cocktail of reality and leaves the Heart of Gold for good.

Order this CDwritten by Douglas Adams
adapted by Dirk Maggs from the novel “Life, The Universe And Everything”
directed by Dirk Maggs
music by Paul “Wix” Wickens

Cast: Peter Jones (The Voice of the Book), William Franklyn (The Voice of the Book), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect), Mark Wing-Davey (Zaphod Beeblebrox), Susan Sheridan (Trillian), Stephen Moore (Marvin), Roger Gregg (Eddie), Andy Taylor (Zem), Toby Longworth (Wowbagger)

Notes: Original late 70s recordings of the voice of the late Peter Jones – the original voice of the Book – is interspersed with that of William Franklyn, the new voice of the Book, in the introduction of this episode. It’s explained that the Hitchhiker’s Guide is now being published in a new edition, and updates are being downloaded into older copies such as Ford’s – with mixed results.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Episode 14 (Fit The Fourteenth)

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Tertiary PhaseInexplicably, the sofa spotted by Ford and Arthur on prehistoric Earth has deposited them on Lord’s Cricket Ground…one day before the destruction of the planet. Arthur immediately fixates on the idea of warning himself, or the rest of the Earth, of the impending disaster, but Ford spots a much more immediate problem – someone appears to have landed a spaceship on the field, and yet no one seems to have noticed. The pilot of that ship has noticed Ford and Arthur, however – it’s Slartibartfast, the planet engineer who befriended Arthur on Magrathea. He’s come to retrieve the ceremonial ashes at the end of the game, but is powerless to prevent another ship from invading the cricket ground, brimming with robots who steal the ashes themselves. Slartibartfast, declaring this inexplicable event to be disastrous for the entire universe, whisks the two hitchhikers away from the doomed Earth. The robots, in the meantime, have gone to liberate a fellow mechanical from isolation on Squornshellous Zeta…but Marvin the Paranoid Android has no idea what the white robots want with him.

Order this CDwritten by Douglas Adams
adapted by Dirk Maggs from the novel “Life, The Universe And Everything”
directed by Dirk Maggs
music by Paul “Wix” Wickens

Cast: William Franklyn (The Voice of the Book), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect), Stephen Moore (Marvin), Dominic Hawksley (Krikkit Robots), Richard Griffiths (Slartibartfast), Andy Taylor (Zem), Fiona Carruth (Walkie-Talkie), Toby Longworth (Wowbagger), Bruce Hyman (Deodat), Henry Blofeld (himself), Henry Trueman (himself)

Notes: Actor Richard Griffiths took over the role of Slartibartfast from the late Richard Vernon.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Episode 15 (Fit The Fifteenth)

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Tertiary PhaseAboard his starship, the Bistromath, Slartibartfast is filling Arthur and Ford in on the dark history of the planet Krikkit, the planet whose wars not only inspired the game of cricket, but also gave rise to the white robots who have now ransacked Lord’s Cricket Ground and kidnapped Marvin. These same robots have also boarded the Heart Of Gold, zapped Zaphod, and stolen the Heart of Gold’s heart itself – the core of the Infinite Improbability Drive. The Krikkit robots are trying to retrieve the various components of the key that will unlock their planet – and its unstoppable army. Slartibartfast sets the Bistromath on a course that he hopes will allow him to beat the robots to one of the next components. But when he, Ford and Arthur attempt to teleport to their destination, someone snatches Arthur away.

Order this CDwritten by Douglas Adams
adapted by Dirk Maggs from the novel “Life, The Universe And Everything”
directed by Dirk Maggs
music by Paul “Wix” Wickens

Cast: William Franklyn (The Voice of the Book), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect), Mark Wing-Davey (Zaphod Beeblebrox), Dominic Hawksley (Krikkit Robots), Richard Griffiths (Slartibartfast), Douglas Adams (Agrajag), Roger Gregg (Eddie), Rupert Degas (Judiciary Pag) Mike Fenton-Stevens (Krikkiter), Philip Pope (Krikkiter), Tom Maggs (Krikkiter), Henry Blofeld (himself), Henry Trueman (himself)

Episode 16 (Fit The Sixteenth)

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Tertiary PhaseArthur’s teleport signal has been diverted to an unknown location, where a horrific creature called Agrajag seems to be intent on killing him. It claims Arthur has killed it in all of its incarnations, and it wants revenge – but all it succeeds in doing is killing itself. In the process, Arthur quite accidentally discovers the art of flying, and ends up flying right into the wild airborne party that Ford and Slartibartfast are attending, ostensibly to save the universe. But the arrival of Krikkit robots interrupts Slartibartfast’s universe-saving plans, and another vital piece of the key that will free the rest of their army falls into the wrong hands.

Order this CDwritten by Douglas Adams
adapted by Dirk Maggs from the novel “Life, The Universe And Everything”
directed by Dirk Maggs
music by Paul “Wix” Wickens

Cast: William Franklyn (The Voice of the Book), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect), Susan Sheridan Don't Panic(Trillian), Dominic Hawksley (Thor the Thunder God), Richard Griffiths (Slartibartfast), Douglas Adams (Agrajag), Bob Golding (Award Winner), Joanna Lumley (The Woman with the Sydney Opera House Head)

Notes: The vocal performance of Agrajag originated from a book-on-tape reading by Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy author Douglas Adams, who died of a heart attack on May 11th, 2001. Not one to let mere death stand in his way, Adams had already suggested to director Dirk Maggs that he could play the role, and to prove his point even played Maggs the very same book-on-tape from which his performance would eventually be drawn.

Episode 17 (Fit The Seventeenth)

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Tertiary PhaseThe Krikkit army awaits its freedom from the slo-time envelope that has kept their entire world from being a threat – and even the seemingly peaceful people of Krikkit have fallen victim to a perverse paranoia in their isolation, preparing a doomsday weapon called the Supernova Bomb. Arthur and Ford try to hold the Krikkiters at bay while Trillian tries to negotiate reasonably with them. The Infinite Improbability Drive is recovered and returned to the Heart of Gold, and despite Zaphod offering everyone a means of escape, they’re as surprised as he is when they turn him down and opt to save the universe instead. At the core of Krikkit’s central battle computer, a massive artificial intelligence is counting down to the universal doomsday it has set in motion. And also connected to Krikkit’s main computer is another massive intelligence – a very, very depressed one – throwing a spanner into the works.

Order this CDwritten by Douglas Adams
adapted by Dirk Maggs from the novel “Life, The Universe And Everything”
directed by Dirk Maggs
music by Paul “Wix” Wickens

Cast: William Franklyn (The Voice of the Book), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect), Mark Wing-Davey (Zaphod Beeblebrox), Susan Sheridan (Trillian), Stephen Moore (Marvin), Dominic Hawksley (Krikkit Commander), Richard Griffiths (Slartibartfast), Roger Gregg (Eddie), Bob Golding (Dispatcher), Mike Fenton Stevens (Krikkiter), Philip Pope (Krikkiter)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Episode 18 (Fit The Eighteenth)

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Tertiary PhaseTrillian confronts the Elders of Krikkit in a last-ditch attempt to dissuade them from annihilating the universe with the Supernova Bomb, and she and Arthur confront HACTAR, the computer intelligence that not only isolated the planet Krikkit but drove its people to the brink of a bloodthirsty paranoia. Thanks to Marvin’s connection to Krikkit’s central battle computer, the robot army has become not just ineffectual, but too depressed to wage war. Somehow, the unlikely assemblage of galactic hitchhikers may actually save the universe – and along the way, Arthur discovers an even more improbable opportunity to find out about the ultimate question to which “42” is the answer.

Order this CDwritten by Douglas Adams
adapted by Dirk Maggs from the novel “Life, The Universe And Everything”
directed by Dirk Maggs
music by Paul “Wix” Wickens

Cast: William Franklyn (The Voice of the Book), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect), Mark Wing-Davey (Zaphod Beeblebrox), Susan Sheridan (Trillian), Stephen Moore (Marvin), Dominic Hawksley (Elder of Krikkit), Richard Griffiths (Slartibartfast), Roger Gregg (Eddie), Bob Golding (Krikkit Civilian), Toby Longworth (Wowbagger), Henry Blofeld (himself), Fred Trueman (himself), Chris Langham (Prak), Leslie Phillips (HACTAR)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Episode 19 (Fit The Nineteenth)

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Quandary PhaseSomething unusual comes to the attention of three parties. To Arthur Dent, it means he can go home again. To Ford Prefect, it means something strange has happened in Earth’s solar system. To Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz, it means that business he was once quite sure was finished has mysteriously become unfinished again. Arthur hitches a ride across the galaxy just to be sure, and Ford is attempting to do the same. And when Arthur arrives at his destination, he can hardly believe it: the Earth has returned, as if it had never been destroyed by the Vogons. And in an even more unlikely turn of events, Arthur meets a woman with whom, despite her being rather out of it, he thinks he’s in love.

Order this CDwritten by Douglas Adams
adapted by Dirk Maggs from the novel “So Long And Thanks For All The Fish”
directed by Dirk Maggs
music by Paul “Wix” Wickens

Cast: William Franklyn (The Voice of the Book), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect), Bill Paterson (Rob McKenna), Jane Horrocks (Fenchurch), Arthur Smith (Barman), Rupert Degas (Russell), Bob Golding (Vogon Guard), Alison Pettitt (Stewardess), Fiona Carew (Hooker), Michael Cule (Vogon Helmsman), Chris Emmett (Evil-Looking Bird), Toby Longworth (Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Episode 20 (Fit The Twentieth)

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Quandary PhaseArthur begins to settle back into his normal, Earthly life, but is preoccupied with finding the woman named “Fenny.” To his surprise, he manages to find her, learns her real name is Fenchurch, and even more surprisingly, she doesn’t think he’s completely mad when he insists on getting to know her better. Arthur is, however, driven to the brink of insanity when he manages to lose her telephone number. In deep space, trying to reach the miraculously restored Earth, Ford finds himself aboard a ship that’s plunging into an interstellar battle, something that may just interfere with his plans to find how and why the Earth has been miraculously restored.

Order this CDwritten by Douglas Adams
adapted by Dirk Maggs from the novel “So Long And Thanks For All The Fish”
directed by Dirk Maggs
music by Paul “Wix” Wickens

Cast: William Franklyn (The Voice of the Book), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect), Bill Paterson (Rob McKenna), Jane Horrocks (Fenchurch), June Whitfield (Raffle Woman), David Dixon (Ecological Man), Ann Bryson (BT Operator), Simon Greenall (Jim), Bryan Don't PanicCobby (Speaking Clock), Geoffrey Perkins (Arthur’s BBC Boss)

Notes: Cast members David Dixon and Sandra Dickinson have appeared in another incarnation of the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy; in the short-lived TV series, they played the roles of, respectively, Ford and Trillian. Geoffrey Perkins’ cameo as the BBC Head of Light Entertainment isn’t too far removed from reality; one of the highlights of Perkins’ early career was producing the original radio episodes of Hitchhiker’s Guide with Douglas Adams.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Episode 21 (Fit The Twenty-First)

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Quandary PhaseAs Arthur and Fenchurch grow closer, each also realizes that the other is somehow the only person who can understand what really happened to the Earth. Still puzzled by the disappearance of the dolphins, and the appearance of a glass fishbowl bearing the legend “So long and thanks for all the fish” – of which Fenchurch has an identical copy – Arthur decides to consult the only person who even claims to know where the dolphins went. This person, too, has such a fishbowl – and a unique outlook on the world.

Order this CDwritten by Douglas Adams
adapted by Dirk Maggs from the novel “So Long And Thanks For All The Fish”
directed by Dirk Maggs
music by Paul “Wix” Wickens

Cast: William Franklyn (The Voice of the Book), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect), Jane Horrocks (Fenchurch), Stephen Fry (Murray Bost Hanson), Jackie Mason (East River Creature), Dominic Hawksley (Vogon Councillor), Simon Greenall (Steward), Margaret Robertson (Mrs. Kapelson), Michael Cule (Vogon Clerk), Toby Longworth (Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz), Christian Slater (Wonko the Sane)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Episode 22 (Fit The Twenty-Second)

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Quandary PhaseUpon returning from a bizarre meeting with a man named Wonko the Sane in California, Arthur and Fenchurch find that they have company when they get home – Ford Prefect has returned to Earth. As reluctant as Arthur is to give up the Earth again, he and Fenchurch both realize that they no longer fit in, and set off to see God’s Final Message to His Creations. Ford, in his purloined alien spacecraft (which created quite a stir in London), drops them off, and a chance encounter not only reveals the message, but the final words of Marvin the paranoid android. But it may turn out to be both the first and last time that Arthur and Fenchurch hitch a ride across the galaxy together.

Order this CDwritten by Douglas Adams
adapted by Dirk Maggs from the novel “So Long And Thanks For All The Fish”
directed by Dirk Maggs
music by Paul “Wix” Wickens

Cast: William Franklyn (The Voice of the Book), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect), Bill Paterson (Rob McKenna), Jane Horrocks (Fenchurch), Sandra Dickinson (Tricia McMillian), Stephen Moore (Marvin), Bob Golding (The Majestic Vantrashell), Alison Pettitt (Stewardess), Brian Cobby (Speaking Clock), Nick Clarke (himself), Charlotte Green (herself), Peter Donaldson (himself), Sir Patrick Moore (himself)

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Episode 23 (Fit The Twenty-Third)

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Quintessential PhaseOn the planet Nowwhat, despair once again becomes the order of the day for Arthur Dent. Attempting to hitch a ride back to Earth, Arthur has found that apparently Nowwhat occupies Earth’s coordinates in space-time – and he still hasn’t found Fenchurch, who vanished without a trace when their ship jumped into hyperspace. What Arthur doesn’t realize is that it is he who has vanished – he’s jumped into a slightly parallel dimension where Trillian is a blonde, American news reporter, Zaphod Beeblebrox is delivering pizza, and Ford Prefect is having to break into the corporate offices of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. But the corporate culture at the Guide has changed – and for anyone trying to break in, it’s changed fatally.

Order this CDwritten by Douglas Adams
adapted by Dirk Maggs from the novel “Mostly Harmless”
directed by Dirk Maggs
music by Paul “Wix” Wickens

Cast: William Franklyn (The Voice of the Book), Rula Lenska (The Voice of the Bird), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect), Mark Wing-Davey (Zaphod Beeblebrox), Susan Sheridan (Trillian), Sandra Dickinson (Tricia McMillan), Jonathan Pryce (Zarniwoop), Roger Gregg (Eddie), Andy Taylor (Grebulon), Mike Fenton-Stevens (Grebulon), John Challis (The Prophet), Mitch Benn (Information Creature), Lorelei King (Gail Andrews), Andrew Secombe (Colin the Robot)

Note: SF fans may also know Andrew Secombe as the voice of Watto, the trader who owned young Anakin Skywalker and his mother as slaves, in Episode I and II of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

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Episode 24 (Fit The Twenty-Fourth)

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Quintessential PhaseFord discovers that the publishers of the Hitchhiker’s Guide have not only changed their name, but they’ve been bought out – and a chance encounter with Zaphod reveals that anyone who’s working for Guide is now, whether they realize it or not, working for the Vogons. Frustrated by the reappearance of the alternate Earth, the Vogons are now setting out to destroy that planet in every probability and every dimension, and using the Guide’s knowledge – and a portable version of the deadly Total Perspective Vortex – to achieve that goal. Arthur, resigned to his existence in this dimension, is feeling fatalistic enough to work at trying to consciously avoid Stavromula Beta, a place where he has been told he will meet his own death. And a television reporter named Tricia McMillan has the story of a lifetime land in her lap as aliens visit her home.

Order this CDwritten by Douglas Adams
adapted by Dirk Maggs from the novel “Mostly Harmless”
directed by Dirk Maggs
music by Paul “Wix” Wickens

Cast: William Franklyn (The Voice of the Book), Rula Lenska (The Voice of the Bird), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect), Mark Wing-Davey (Zaphod Beeblebrox), Jonathan Pryce (Zarniwoop), Saeed Jaffrey (Old Man on the Pole), Miriam Margolyes (Smelly Photocopier Woman), Sandra Dickinson (Tricia McMillan), Lorelei King (Stewardess), Andrew Secombe (Colin the Robot), Roger Gregg (Doctor), Philip Pope (Grebulon Underling), Michael Fenton-Stevens (Grebulon Lieutenant)

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Episode 25 (Fit The Twenty-Fifth)

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Quintessential PhaseHaving given up on his fruitless search for Fenchurch, who seems to have vanished into an alternate reality, Arthur settles on the peaceful planet of Lamuella and takes up the uneventful life of a sandwich maker – a revered position in their simple society. This idyllic existence, normally punctuated only by seasonal communal hunts for the Perfectly Normal Beast, is shattered by the arrival of a spaceship. That’s the sort of thing that Arthur’s almost accustomed to, but even he is surprised when the ship’s occupant appears to be Trillian – the Trillian he knows, and not the one from an alternate reality – and she has a teenage girl in tow who she claims is her and Arthur’s daughter. While Arthur comes to terms with having an instant family, Ford and an all-too-friendly robot are getting their first glimpse of a terrifying sign of things to come: the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, version 2.0.

Order this CDwritten by Douglas Adams
adapted by Dirk Maggs from the novel “Mostly Harmless”
directed by Dirk Maggs
music by Paul “Wix” Wickens

Cast: William Franklyn (The Voice of the Book), Rula Lenska (The Voice of the Bird), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect), Susan Sheridan (Trillian), Sandra Dickinson (Tricia McMillan), Samantha Bèart (Random), Griff Rhys Jones (Old Thrashbarg), Roger Gregg (Strinda), Eddie Taylor (Grebulon Leader), Lorelei King (Patient), Michael Fenton-Stevens (Grebulon Lieutenant), Andrew Secombe (Colin the Robot), Toby Longworth (Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz), Brian Cobby (The Speaking Clock)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Episode 26 (Fit The Twenty-Sixth)

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Quintessential PhaseFord arrives on Lamuella, is promptly brained by Arthur’s daughter Random (who then steals his ship), and finds himself stranded with the sandwich maker. Ford had intended to contain the prototype of the new Hitchhiker’s Guide by sending it to Arthur’s backwater planet, and is dismayed to find that the new Guide is now guiding Random’s actions. Ford reveals that the new Guide operates across all dimensions and all planes of probability, and is using Random – just as it used him – to bring about the final destruction of Earth across every reality at the behest of the Vogons. Random pilots Ford’s ship to Earth, where Random starts looking for her mother but finds only the wrong Tricia MacMillan. When the Guide v2.0 fails to provoke Random’s more violent feelings, it leaves her high and dry. Ford and Arthur, despite being on a backwater planet, find a ship to take them to Earth. But as the new Guide brings its programmed plan to a conclusion, it turns out that Earth is a very, very unhealthy place for Arthur Dent to be.

Order this CDwritten by Douglas Adams
adapted by Dirk Maggs from the novel “Mostly Harmless”
directed by Dirk Maggs
music by Paul “Wix” Wickens

Cast: Peter Jones (The Voice of the Book), William Franklyn (The Voice of the Book), Rula Lenska (The Voice of the Bird), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect), Mark Wing-Davey (Zaphod Beeblebrox), Susan Sheridan (Trillian), Sandra Dickinson (Tricia McMillan), Samantha Beart (Random), Stephen Moore (Marvin), Griff Rhys Jones (Old Thrashbarg), Roger Gregg (Bartender), Michael Cule (Vogon Helmsman), Dominic Hawksley (Thor), Andy Taylor (Grebulon Leader), Michael Fenton-Stevens (Grebulon Lieutenant), Philip Pope (Elvis), Tom Maggs (Runner), Bruce Hyman (Prosser), Don't PanicToby Longworth (Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz), Neil Sleat (Newsreader), Roy Hudd (Max Quordlepleen), Douglas Adams (Agrajag)

Notes: The conclusion of this episode, while it does indeed follow the fatalistic ending of the book “Mostly Harmless”, adds new material that allows several escape routes for Arthur and friends. Douglas Adams once again returns from the dead himself, again appearing as Agrajag in clips originally recorded for a book-on-tape.

LogBook entry by Earl Green