Episode 1 was the first episode of the TV series. It was broadcast on BBC Two on January 5, 1981. It precedes Episode 2.

Story Summary[]

Episode 1 begins with a pre-credits sequence, the only one of the TV episodes to have such. A countdown to the end of the world is displayed through animation, and the narrator begins telling the story of the Guide and Arthur Dent's connection to it as the sun rises over the English countryside for the final time. Arthur wakes, discovers the threat to his house from a yellow bulldozer by looking out the window, and the camera pulls back to the credits.

This episode closely follows the plot and dialogue of the first episode of the radio series, omitting the speech by Lady Cynthia Fitzmelton. It ends at a slightly earlier point than the radio episode, after Ford's line "he might want to read us some of his poetry first," and on a cliffhanger that Arthur and Ford are about to be discovered in a Vogon storeroom, but before the Vogon poetry is actually read.


Arthur and Ford drinking beer, as seen in episode 1 of the 1981 TV series.

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