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Zaphod has stolen Disaster Area's Stuntship which is about to plunge into a sun to form the climax to one of their typically loud concerts. Marvin is chosen to sacrifice himself by ... See full summary »

Director:

Alan J.W. Bell (uncredited)

Writers:

Douglas Adams, Douglas Adams (radio series)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Peter Jones ... The Book (voice)
Simon Jones ... Arthur Dent
David Dixon David Dixon ... Ford Prefect
Sandra Dickinson ... Trillian
Mark Wing-Davey ... Zaphod Beeblebrox
Rayner Bourton ... Newscaster
Aubrey Morris ... Captain
Matthew Scurfield ... Number One
David Neville David Neville ... Number Two
Geoffrey Beevers Geoffrey Beevers ... Number Three
Beth Porter Beth Porter ... Marketing Girl
David Rowlands David Rowlands ... Hairdresser
Jon Glover ... Management Consultant
David Learner David Learner ... Marvin
Stephen Moore ... Marvin (voice)
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Storyline

Zaphod has stolen Disaster Area's Stuntship which is about to plunge into a sun to form the climax to one of their typically loud concerts. Marvin is chosen to sacrifice himself by teleporting the others off the ship. It is at this point that Trillian and Zaphod disappear from the story, while Arthur and Ford end up on Golgafrincham Arkship B, heading straight for Earth. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Release Date:

9 February 1981 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

Because the set for the Golgafrinchan captain's bathtub on prehistoric Earth was located out-of-the-way in the woods, there were few options on how to get the tub filled with warm water that the actor could sit in for filming. In the end, the solution was to buy a truckload of hot water from a local paper mill. When the truck arrived, it was discovered that the water was waste water from paper production, which had numerous semi-toxic chemicals in it. The actor was not told until after filming had wrapped. [Source: "Don't Panic!" behind-the-scenes DVD extra, 2001] See more »

Goofs

The cave man spelled out "forty two". This is the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything. Arthur and Ford then use the Scrabble tiles to spell out "what do you get if you multiply six by nine". This is supposed to be the Ultimate Question. But, six times nine is fifty-four. The tiles should have spelled "what do you get if you multiply six by seven". See more »

Quotes

Ford Prefect: Ah, this is futile. Five hundred and seventy-three committee meetings, you haven't even discovered fire yet.
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Soundtracks

What a Wonderful World
Written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss
Performed by Louis Armstrong
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