Doctor Who meets Sherlock in first-look Dirk Gently trailer

BBC America’s supernatural detective series has some esteemed influences, according to its showrunner

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The first trailer is here for Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, a new BBC America series based on the books by the late great British author Douglas Adams, and it’s all looking rather strange.

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Jumping between various screens, the story (previously adapted for BBC Four and starring Stephen Mangan) revolves around a detective (Samuel Barnett) who doesn’t look for clues, a sidekick (Elijah Wood) who refuses to play Watson and various animals in peril, all tied together by Gently’s belief that everything in the universe is connected – and that that knowledge can help him solve any crime.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv42Tjhvrgs

Now, if you’re a Doctor Who/Sherlock/Supernatural/SuperWhoLock fan thinking that this all seems a bit familiar, then you’ve got good eyes – because according to its showrunner, it’s supposed to come from the same stock as all of those series.

“It’s a combination of Supernatural, Sherlock, and Doctor Who,” showrunner Robert Cooper told EW at San Diego Comic-Con “We’re like, Super-Sher-Who.” 

See? Even your favourite TV is all connected. Maybe there’s something in this holistic detective work after all…

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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency will air on BBC America this October