TV Series | TV-PG | | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Arthur Dent and his friend Ford Prefect escape the destruction of Earth only to face incredible trials, tribulations and adventures in space and time.
When he was signed to direct the TV version, Alan J.W. Bell wanted to recast the entire ensemble. Douglas Adams, on the other hand, wanted to preserve the radio cast completely. In the end, most of the radio cast returned, including Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Mark Wing-Davey, Stephen Moore, and Richard Vernon. Of the primary characters who were recast, Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect) was rejected as "not looking weird enough", and Susan Sheridan (Trillian) was unavailable due to scheduling conflicts.
I'd much rather be happy than right, any day.
Arthur Dent: And are you?
Slartibartfast: No. That's where it all breaks down, of course.
The person operating Zaphod's third arm can be seen on multiple occasions.
After the credits for episode 3, the voice of the book returns briefly to resolve which one of the characters sustained a bruised arm -- a question that had been raised earlier in the episode, but left unanswered because it was unimportant.
At the time of filming, BBC policy was that all comedy shows should have a laugh track. The first two episodes were played to an audience of 100 people to record the laugh track, but it was never broadcast in this form.