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Not really Douglas Adams
on 26 May 2009
I'm giving this two stars (instead of one) because the acting is top-notch.
The script, however, is a shame. I understand that in a radio dramatisation, you have to cut some parts and rework others. But what is the sense in adding unneeded characters, whole new parts and jokes which have got nothing to do with Douglas's humour?
Furthermore, what really works in the original books is that they are like puzzles: pieces are spread throughout the story, and in the end they all fit perfectly and you discover what all the strange things that apparently made no sense were about. *That* is the meaning of 'holistic'.
Instead, this script happily reveals all you're supposed to discover later right away. I realise the production could not find any other way, but that's just the result of a very bad job; it takes away the crucial point on which the books are based - and titled.
If you're a hard-core fan, you'll probably want to buy this anyway - but prepare to be disappointed. If you aren't, you'd be better off reading the original book.