Dirk Gently is getting another TV show and moving to America

Douglas Adams' holistic detective, who was played by Stephen Mangan in a short-lived BBC4 adapatation, will get another shot at success across the pond

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Dirk Gently is getting another shot at the big time. The BBC is making a second TV drama about Douglas Adams’ comic crime book series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – but this time it’s BBC America turn. 

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Actor Stephen Mangan took on the role of Gently, with Darren Boyd as MacDuff and Helen Baxendale as Susan, in the short-lived BBC4 adaptation between 2010 and 2012. Despite good viewing figures and largely positive reviews, the BBC only made four episodes. 

“It gives me no pleasure whatsoever to report that the BBC have decided not to make any more Dirk Gently,” Mangan tweeted at the time. 

The new series will be written by Chronicle’s Max Landis, and be set in America “in in the unexpected world of the hyper, absurd, ridiculous Dirk Gently. With an utterly fresh, comically self-aware tone, this series is equally sincere in its danger, humor, violence and drama.”

Douglas Adams, who is probably best known for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, was inspired to pen Dirk Gently by an episode of Doctor Who. He had written a Who serial titled Shada, but it was never finished due to strikes during filming. Elements of his story were then used in the first Gently book, published in 1987. 

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