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Eddie the Computer - On the British science-fiction series THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY/BBC/1981, Eddie is the annoyingly-happy onboard computer in a stolen starship ("Heart of Gold") powered by an Improbability Drive and flown by an alien named Ford Prefect (David Dixon) as he pin-balled around the galaxy.

"Hi there! This is Eddie, your shipboard computer, and I'm feeling just great, guys, and I know I'm just going to get a bundle of kicks out of any program you care to run through me."

Eddie's personality was brash and cheery as if as if it were selling detergent. It also had the habit of singing at the most inappropriate moments (the song "You'll Never Walk Alone"). His backup program acts like a stern, prim and proper schoolmarm.

Eddie is based on characters created by Douglas Adams in his book "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." He appeared in three of the five Hitchhiker novels including The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, and Life, the Universe and Everything, as well as a computer game based on the series.

In the 2004-2005 radio series, Eddie is voiced by Roger Gregg. Thomas Lennon provided the voice of Eddie the Computer in the 2005 movie adaptation. See also - "Deep Thought the Computer"

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