Inexplicably, 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.
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