Episode 56

From Striterax to Slartibartfast


January 24th, 2019

49 mins 36 secs

Season 1

Your Hosts

About this Episode

Mark and the Jons are back off their Christmas break and ready to continue through the S section of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Silastic Armorfiends of Striterax

The best way to pick a fight with a Silastic Armorfiends of Striterax was just to be born. They didn’t like it, they got resentful. And when an Armorfiend got resentful, someone got hurt.

They were the first race who ever managed to shock a computer. The computer in question was Hactar, and they commissioned him to build an ultimate weapon, which almost led to the destruction of the galaxy, again.

Simon Brett

Simon Brett produced the pilot of the radio show, and has produced episodes of other radio classics like I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and Just a Minute. He now writes detective fiction and had a book made into a film starring Michael Caine.

Simon Jones

Simon Jones played Arthur in the radio and TV series, and the Magrathean security hologram in the film. He’s appeared in lots of little bits of telly over the years, and was a dear friend of Douglas.

Sirius B

Max Quordlepleen welcomes a group of young conservatives from Sirius B, to Milliways on the night our heroes turn up.

Sirius Cybernetics Corporation

The Sirius Cybernetics Corporation were bunch of mindless jerks who were the first against the wall when the revolution came.


Slartibartfast is a planetary architect, who won an award for his wrk on Norway. Played by Richard Vernon in the first two radio series and the TV series, and by Richard Griffiths in the third radio series.

On Earth, Ford and Arthur find his signature on a glacier. He picks Ford and Arthur up in his Somebody Else’s Problem shielded ship so they can join his mission with the Campaign for Real Time, and he has a name that sounds a bit like a swearword.