THHGTTG Logo 'The Hitch Hiker's Guide
to the Galaxy'
(Part 2)

by Douglas Adams

Arthur and Ford are brought before the Vogon Captain and made to suffer the excruciating experience that is Vogon poetry. The Captain then asks for their opinion, but when the two captives fail to give his verse the praise is so richly does not deserve, he decides to throw them off the ship anyway. Ford and Arthur are unsuccessful in talking their guard out of such an action, and are shoved into and airlock and promptly sucked out into the cold, airless vacuum of space. However, at a probability factor of 267,709 to one against, they are rescued at the very last second by The Heart of Gold, a brand-new spaceship fitted with the revolutionary Infinite Improbability Drive. Waking from unconsciousness, Ford and Arthur encounter the bizarre side-effects of the ship’s drive - including a strangely-behaving seaside resort, the temporary loss of Arthur’s limbs, and Ford’s transformation into a rather irate penguin. After normality finally returns, the two Hitch Hikers encounter Marvin, a particularly depressed android with delusions of inadequacy. Marvin takes Ford and Arthur to the ship’s bridge, where they meet Trillian, an old acquaintance of Arthur’s whom he once failed to get off with at a party on the now-destroyed planet Earth; and the captain, Zaphod Beeblebrox, a two-headed, three-armed space hippy, who is not only Ford’s semi-cousin, but the part-time Galactic President, and the man responsible for stealing the ship that they are now on. It looks like time for a stiff drink or two…

Peter Jones (Voice of the Book), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), David Dixon (Ford Prefect), Sandra Dickinson (Trillian [Trisha McMillan]), Mark Wing-Davey (Zaphod Beeblebrox), David Learner (Marvin), Stephen Moore (Voice of Marvin), Martin Benson (Vogon Captain), Michael Cule (Vogon Guard), Rayner Bourton (Newscaster), Gil Morris (Gag Halfront), David Tate (Voice of Eddie)

Produced and Directed by Alan J.W. Bell
Associate Producer John Lloyd

Adapted from the B.B.C. Radio series

UK (BBC 1):
January 12th, 1981 @ 9.00 pm - 9.35 pm

*Featuring Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect, and introducing Zaphod Beeblebrox, Trillian and Marvin