The title sequence, as seen in the 1981 TV series.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a television series that was originally broadcast in six episodes on the BBC in 1981. It was broadcast on a weekly basis on BBC 2, starting on 5th January, 1981.

The series starred Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, David Dixon as Ford Prefect, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox and Sandra Dickinson as Trillian. The voice of the guide was provided by Peter Jones. The series saw a number of notable cameo roles, including Douglas Adams himself on several occasions.

Story SummaryEdit

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Arthur Dent and Marvin on Magrathea, as seen in the TV series.

Cast and CharactersEdit


Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox and Trillian aboard the Heart of Gold, as seen in the TV series.

  • Arthur Dent - Simon Jones
  • Ford Prefect - David Dixon
  • Trillian - Sandra Dickinson
  • Zaphod Beeblebrox - Mark Wing-Davey
  • The Book - Peter Jones


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Devices, Ships, People, Places, Races and Species encounteredEdit

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Notable variations between Radio/audio and book & TVEdit

In the book, Zaphod, Trillian, Ford and Arthur get to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe from Frogstar World B, teleported by the computer of the Heart of Gold, while in the TV series, they are somehow teleported there from Magrathea.

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