The Hitchhikers’ Guide To The Galaxy – 1981
The Television adaptation of Douglas Adams’ multi media masterpiece. We say multimedia because Hitchhikers’ Guide To The Galaxy started life as a Radio series in 1978 and was later adapted to stage shows, books, comic books and of course more recently a Blockbuster Movie. All this has resulted in this Science Fiction Comedy becomming somthing of a cult classic.
The Television version was aired in 1981, surprisingly only running for one series of six episodes. The scripts for the show were based mainly on the radio versions of Fits the First through Sixth (0ne of the books in the hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy series).
A second series was at one point planned, with a story line, according to Alan Bell and Mark Wing-Davey, that would have come from Adams’s abandoned Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen project (instead of simply making a TV version of the second radio series).
However, Adams got into disputes with the BBC (accounts differ: problems with budget, scripts, and having Alan Bell and/or Geoffrey Perkins involved are all offered as causes), and the second series was never made. The elements of the Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen project instead became the third novel, Life, the Universe and Everything.
All versions follow the same basic plot, but there are many places that contradict themselves, as Adams rewrote the story substantially for each new adaptation.
However ALL versions of the series follow the adventures of Arthur Dent, a hapless Englishman, following the destruction of the Earth by the Vogons, a race of unpleasant and bureaucratic aliens, to make way for an intergalactic bypass.
Simon Jones as Arthur Dent
David Dixon as Ford Prefect
Sandra Dickinson as Trillian
Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox
Stephen Moore as Marvin, the Paranoid Android
Richard Vernon as Slartibartfast
Peter Jones as The Book
Written By: Douglas Adams
Produced and Directed By: Alan J. W. Bell
Original Transmission: 5th January 1981 – 9th February 1981