The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Season 1 Episode 1

Episode 1

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 05, 1981 on BBC Two
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Arthur Dent, a perfectly ordinary Englishman, is surprised to wake up one day to find bulldozers outside his house with orders to knock it down to build a bypass. Still in his pyjamas, he takes himself off to the pub, where he is even more surprised when his best friend, Ford Prefect, reveals that he is from a small planet in the vicinity of the star Betelgeuse. The two are forced to hitch a lift on one of the advancing Vogon spacecraft which proceed to blow up the Earth to make way for an interspace bypass. Our heroes soon find themselves trapped in a storage room in hyperspace, with only a menacing Vogon guard for company.moreless

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