The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy

Alan J.W. Bell | 1981 | ★★★★½
When The Earth is destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass, Arthur Dent, the last of the Earthlings, is rescued by his friend of five years Ford Prefect, an intergalactic travel writer from Betelgeuse 5, by bewilderingly hitching a ride together on the lead ship of the offending, officious destruction fleet. Before long, though quite improbably, they find themselves teaming up with a two-headed fugitive, his mathematical genius girlfriend, and a chronically depressed, brain-the-size-of-a-planet paranoid android, whilst also caught up – quite accidentally – in a quest to discover the truth about life, the universe, and everything. Wonderfully dry performances, quite brilliant writing, and charmingly low-fi production values combine to hugely entertaining effect, in this hilarious, thought-provoking piece of science-fiction.