Lost in space: Arthur (Martin  Freeman), Zaphod (Sam Rockwell), Trillian (Zooey Deschanel) and Ford Prefect (Mos Def) in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Lost in space: Arthur (Martin Freeman), Zaphod (Sam Rockwell), Trillian (Zooey Deschanel) and Ford Prefect (Mos Def) in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

MEET THE MONKEYS

***1/2

7.30pm, SBS One

All lined up: Rob Simmons of the Wallabies takes the catch.

All lined up: Rob Simmons of the Wallabies takes the catch. Photo: Matt King

This starts off looking like a run of the mill documentary about an endangered species, but gradually evolves into something much tougher and more satisfying. In the northern parts of Sulawesi, the black macaque is critically endangered - partly through habitat loss, but mainly because they're considered a delicacy. Irish biologist and filmmaker Colin Stafford Johnson doesn't just capture the creatures in their natural habitat, he explores the issues, with the aim of actively doing his bit to help preserve them. This does contain look-away moments, but it's also quite captivating and ultimately uplifting.

SPORT: RUGBY UNION

***1/2

Old brown eyes: Male crested black macaque from Meet The Monkeys.

Old brown eyes: Male crested black macaque from Meet The Monkeys. Photo: SBS

7.30pm, Ten

The result of the second Test was still unknown at the time of writing, but chances are the All Blacks at home proved impossible to beat. Even if that's the case, though, the first test's extraordinary outcome means there'll be plenty of pride at stake – and hopefully a little bit of extra spark in the Wallabies – when the two teams meet tonight in Perth.

MOVIE: THE HITCHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY

***

7.30pm, 7Two

Even though he contributed to the screenplay, Douglas Adams' books are so completely distinctive it was always going to be a big ask bringing them to the screen. The BBC TV series worked because it was so deliberately, resolutely lo-fi – capturing the dagginess that's as much a part of Adams' work as his brilliance. This 2005 film tries to have a bet each way, making things bigger and glossier (and that bit more American) but still trying to remain faithful to both the novels and the series. It doesn't always work, though there's still enough that goes right here to thoroughly entertain.