Douglas Adams fans rejoice! We might finally get the Adams-inspired TV series we’ve always wanted! Sure, the old BBC Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy mini-series was pretty good, but I think Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency will prove much more adaptable. But then, I am a bit of a sucker for detective stories like the BBC mini-series Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, whose name I must mention at every opportunity. I think that having Douglas Adams’ humour injected into this kind of show will be nothing but good. Here’s a synopsis from BBC Four:
Stephen Mangan will play Douglas Adams’ eccentric detective Dirk Gently in a new BBC Four drama based on the author’s cult novel, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.
He is joined by Darren Boyd as his unwitting sidekick Richard Macduff and Helen Baxendale as Richard’s girlfriend Susan in the adaptation by Bafta-winning Howard Overman.
Anti-hero Dirk Gently operates his eponymous detective agency based on the fundamental interconnectedness of all things. Perpetually broke, hopelessly chaotic and utterly infuriating, most people suspect Dirk is nothing more than a cheap conman. And they might be right – but nevertheless his methods, though unusual, do often produce surprising results.
When Dirk sets out to solve an apparently simple and harmless disappearance of a cat from an old lady’s house, he unwittingly uncovers a double murder which, in turn, leads to a host of even more extraordinary events.
No word yet on when the Dirk Gently series will be starting.