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 . . .