The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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BBC Two (ended 1981)

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Don't Panic! The Hitch Hikers' Guide to the Galaxy is a classic British television series from the early 1980s, starting out as a BBC Radio series of six episodes which grew to twelve episodes, then five best-selling books and a hugely successful TV series (this one). Finally, a feature film appeared in 2005. The creator, the late Douglas Adams, had been a script editor on Doctor Who and he once said the idea for the show came to him while he was lying drunk in a field near Innsbruck. Quirky British humour runs through all formats of the Guide, but what sets this version apart from the others of is the animated graphics created by Rod Lord – unlike anything seen on British TV until then. They inspired the animation in a TVO educational series called Landscape of Geometry (1983). The show won several awards, including BAFTA Awards in 1982 for Best Graphics (Rod Lord), and Best Sound Supervisor (Michael McCarthy), as well as an RTS Television Award 1982 for Most Original Programme.moreless
David Dixon

David Dixon

Ford Prefect

Stephen Moore (I)

Stephen Moore (I)

Voices of Marvin/The Whale; Frankie Mouse (eps 2,3,5,6)

Mark Wing-Davey

Mark Wing-Davey

Zaphod Beeblebrox (eps 2-6)

Sandra Dickinson

Sandra Dickinson

Trillian (eps 2-6)

Simon Jones

Simon Jones

Arthur Dent

Dave Prowse

Dave Prowse

Bodyguard to Hotblack Desiato

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Comedy, Science Fiction

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cultural phenomenon, cheap special effects, alien technology, apocalyptic, beings from another world