THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY Wednesday 01 February, 2012

Douglas Adams gave us all a wonderful gift before he slipped off of this mortal coil.

Is it a book? Is it a Radio series? Is it a TV series? Yes but it’s NOT a film. In nearly every incarnation The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy is marvellous. There are few works which have such a wide ranging scope of imagination. Douglas Adams was blessed with an amazing imagination, incisive perception and a very funny and playful writing style.

The radio series (which is where it all began) is just wonderful. The sound effects are brilliant. The cast are wonderful and the dialogue is fantastic. I have listened to it many times over and I still enjoy listening to it now. There’s not much more comforting than tucking yourself up in bed and listening to these radio episodes.

The books are where the story really gets some scope to travel and they make the most of their scope. There are some wonderful characters (the scene with Agrajag makes me laugh each and every time I read it) and marvellous concepts.

The TV series is full of charm, hokey special effects and one of my favourite motion graphic styles ever.

Do not. Under any circumstances. Bundle the film in along with everything else. It was awful. Really awful. Which is a shame because Martin Freeman was really good but everything else wasn’t.

If you haven’t encountered any of these delights before then I am in envy of you. Start with the books or the radio series and hang on to your towel you’re about to go onto a thrilling journey.

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