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 . . .


  1. Professor Extreme! 6 years ago

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.)

  4. Forlath Grey 6 years ago

    Elven miners, I like it . . or maybe they just trade with your standard dwarven miners?

  5. 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.

  6. Forlath Grey 6 years ago

    Watched episode 2 this evening, even better than the pilot (actually, aren’t pilots generally rubbish? It’s amazing any program ever gets picked up if it’s based on the pilots alone . . . But I digress . . . a bit).

  7. Forlath Grey 4 years ago

    Watched the last episode last night. I think I now know why it wasn’t renewed for more episodes. No zombies. I bet if the secretary had been a zombie, the show would have been snapped up by an American network . . . seriously.

  8. Professor Extreme! 4 years ago

    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 .

  9. Forlath Grey 4 years ago

    No, I hadn’t seen that yet! Really quite excited about this. Interesting casting choices, but cautiously optimistic about the choice of Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot . . .

  10. Forlath Grey 4 years ago

    Worried about Max Landis’ involvement though . . . and from the producers of the Walking Dead? Does that mean they’ll be killing off characters as the show progresses?

  11. Forlath Grey 4 years ago

    And remember my comment from five posts up? The bit about being snapped up if there were zombies in the show? Same producers as the Walking Dead? Talk about prescient. I’m giving fair notice to one and all – if a zombie turns up in the show, be it as a re-occurring character, the main antagonist or as the love interest, I’m going to be unbearably smug . . . more than usual.

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