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5.0 out of 5 stars
Solid TV adaptation, 4 Sep 2011
This is currently the only TV version of Douglas Adam's most popular work The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy recorded in 1981 for the BBC.
Adam's & co had the audacity to take on the project at a time before CGI ruled the world at a time when many scenes achieved in the 2005 Movie Adaptation were simply not possible to create with the technology of the time.
Personally I prefered the days when people built giant sets and crazy costumes so I am at home here.
I was 6 years old when I first sat this so can't truly review it unbiasedly now as it is rather ingrained in my mind also to my mind to compare this version to the 1979 book or the first broadcast radio version of 1978 is rather like comparing an oil painting to a sculpture so I won't.
If you enjoy Adam's humour in general then you should enjoy this version.
The cast and crew do very well for what by today's standards is a fairly low-budget affair. Both casting and acting are solid throughout and it truly does a noble job of covering the bulk of the scenes and subject matter covered by the books.
Basically if you enjoyed the book or the radio series then will most likely find this eventually and will doubtlessly come to your own conclusions but I like it and think it still looks and sounds great. I'm sure at some time this will be remade with much bigger budgets, more well known cast members and frequent, needless demonstrations of computer technology but I rather like it as it is.