Many years ago I heard a little trailer on Radio 4 for a new SciFi comedy programme called the Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – I listened to the first episode and was forever hooked.

After hearing all the radio programmes, reading (and re-reading) all the books and then playing the Infocom, text based, adventure game, I was rather concerned at the the eventual announcement of a TV series. As it turned out I needn’t have worried too much. The characters were fairly well crafted and the story was more or less true to the original, in fact I don’t think anything about the show spoiled the character pictures I had built from the radio and the books.

Recently I heard there was going to be a “blockbuster” film; now I really was worried, as never, in all my 49 years, have I seen a film which was better than the book on which it was based.

Anyhow, Sue and I went to see it on Thurday evening and I am pleased to say that we both thoroughly enjoyed it. Like the TV series, the plot was pretty much retained, the characters were good (although I’m still not sure about Zaphod and Ford). At first I was not sure about Marvin, he looked a bit too toy like and his head was far too big, strangely the film included a shot with the TV Marvin which I thought was a bit more like the robot I had imagined. However as the film went on, I got to like this new version.

All in all a success and to be recommended.