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In pictures: Hitchhiker's Guide
Martin Freeman and Simon Jones
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In the new film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Martin Freeman (left) takes the role of Arthur Dent that Simon Jones (right) played in the 1981 BBC TV series.
David Dixon and Mos Def
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The role of Arthur's friend Ford Prefect, played in the original TV show by David Dixon (left), is now played by US rapper Mos Def (right) - real name Dante Terrell Smith.
Mark Wing-Davey and Sam Rockwell
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Two heads are better than one for galactic traveller Zaphod Beeblebrox, first played by Mark Wing-Davey (left) and now brought back to life by Sam Rockwell (right).
Zooey Deschanel and Sandra Dickinson
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Zooey Deschanel (left) inherits the role of astrophysicist Tricia McMillan - 'Trillian' - from Sandra Dickinson (right).
Marvin the Android, then and now
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Back in 1981 Stephen Moore supplied the voice for Marvin the Paranoid Android (left). But it's Alan Rickman who provides the lugubrious vocals for his 2005 incarnation (right).
Richard Vernon and Bill Nighy
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Richard Vernon (left) played planet designer Slartibartfast in the small-screen original. His role has now gone to two-time Bafta winner Bill Nighy (right).
Martin Benson and friend
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The new film's Vogon Captain, portrayed by Martin Benson in 1981, is a puppet creation designed by Jim Henson's Creature Shop (right).


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