Dirk Gently – TV Series

Dirk Gently – TV Series

It’s that time of year again when I regale you with reviews of my recently received Christmas gifts. I’ve become quite an expert on different types of coal over the years (the low carbon content of Lignite makes it my particular favorite), but I’ll spare you the coal review and focus on my less esoteric presents.

Unless you’ve been living in a coal mine (pardon the additional coal reference), presumably you’ve heard of Douglas Adams of ‘the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ fame, only slightly less known are his delightful Dirk Gently books: ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ and ‘The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul’ (unfortunately, a third book ‘The Salmon of Doubt’ wasn’t completed before Adam’s passing).

The protagonist is one Dirk Gently, a self-proclaimed ‘Holistic Detective’ who uses the ‘fundamental interconnectedness of all things’ to solve cases. Very clever and very amusing, I have loved the Dirk Gently books for years, particularly ‘The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul.’

This year, much to my delight I received the DVD version of the brief (very brief – four episodes in all, including the pilot, made and shown between 2010 – 2012), BBC 4 Dirk Gently TV Series. I’ve watched the pilot thus far and enjoyed it thoroughly. The role of Dirk is played by Stephen Mangan, a favorite of mine from the shows Green Wing and Episodes. I intend to savor the remaining three episodes.

So why was the show cancelled so early in its infancy? Much of the buzz online implies too much competition from the show Sherlock was to blame, but who knows. On the up side, apparently Max Landis and comics publisher IDW are working on a new Dirk Gently TV Series!

In the meantime I’ll have to content myself with my remaining three episodes of the BBC 4 version . . .


Comments: 12
  • Professor Extreme! January 9, 2015 06:14

    Very good series, Shame there aren’t more. Nicely extrapolated from the books, although there is still much to draw from.

  • Just Justine January 9, 2015 07:37

    So Santa must have elves mining for coal, too?
    Maybe he needs to switch to leaving a more environmentally friendly substance.
    I’ll make a note of that and be sure to add it to next years letter.

    Never watched the show or read the books but sounds like a fun series.

  • Just Justine January 9, 2015 07:47

    Doesn’t deducing the interconnectedness of everything concerned help solve most crimes?
    Taking note of everything. Like how Shawn Spencer (‘Psyche’) susses things out (only under the pretense of being psychic.)

  • Just Justine January 9, 2015 15:17

    Santa’s elves are of a different sort. Not like Tolkien’s. At least I don’t think so. And do dwarves mine coal? I thought they only mined for precious ores and minerals….though I guess they need something to keep their forges going, so yeah, maybe they do. So perhaps they do have a trade agreement with Santa. Or it might be relegated to Krampus.

  • Professor Extreme! May 20, 2016 09:05

    Loved the series, but I suspect its doom was due to a niche audience.
    The big problem is, you actually have to watch and think, not ideal for modern TV .

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