Dirk Gently

Title: Dirk Gently
Genre: drama/crime/
Runtime: 60+/- minutes
Airdate AU: unknown
Original airdate UK: Thursday 16 December 2010
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Network AU: unknown
Network UK: BBC4

Stephen Mangan as Dirk Gently >>

Cast: Dirk Gently is played by Stephen Mangan, Ruth by Doreen Mantle, Richard MacDuff by Darren Boyd and Susan by Helen Baxendale.

Crew: based on Douglas Adams's cult novels and adapted by Bafta-winning writer Howard Overman (Misfits), Dirk Gently was produced by ITV Studios in association with The Welded Tandem Picture Company and will be directed by Damon Thomas (The First Men In The Moon, Crooked House) and produced by Chris Carey. Saurabh Kakkar is executive producer for ITV Studios and Eleanor Moran and Jamie Laurenson executive producers for BBC. The 1x60min drama was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, and Richard Klein, Controller, BBC Four.

Preface: Stephen Mangan, Darren Boyd and Helen Baxendale star in this detective drama based on Douglas Adams's cult novels

Synopsis: Stephen Mangan stars as Dirk Gently, who operates his eponymous detective agency based on the fundamental interconnectedness of all things.

Perpetually broke, hopelessly chaotic and utterly infuriating, Dirk is suspected by most to be nothing more than a cheap conman, and they might be right. Nevertheless, his methods, though unusual, do often produce surprising results.

Dirk is called upon by pensioner Ruth to help solve the apparently simple and harmless disappearance of her cat.

When leaving Ruth's house, Dirk stumbles upon an old university friend, Richard MacDuff, seemingly breaking in next door. Dirk refuses to put the meeting down to mere coincidence and MacDuff unwittingly finds himself caught up in his investigations, much to the annoyance of his girlfriend, Susan.

Dirk suspects that MacDuff and Susan have more to do with his case than they realise, and while he delves into seemingly inconsequential details he begins to uncover a host of extraordinary events that put them all in grave danger.

Stephen Mangan says: "I've been a fan of Douglas Adams ever since the Hitchhiker's radio series which I used to record as a child and listen to over and over again in my bedroom. It's such a thrill to now be playing one of his brilliant characters.

"Dirk is a chaotic, anarchic force of nature with a totally unique take on the world. He is described as 'lazy, untidy, dismissive and unreliable'. I've absolutely no idea why they thought I'd be right for the role."

Ed Victor, Douglas Adams' agent, says:
"For all the years I represented the late, great Douglas Adams, the most substantial frustration for both of us was that we couldn't get films made either of Hitchhiker or Dirk.

"Douglas once said, memorably, that 'getting a film made in Hollywood was like trying to cook a steak by having a bunch of people come into the room and breathe on it'! Well, we did eventually get a film made in Hollywood of Hitchhiker and, tragically, Douglas didn't live to see it. Nor will he see this adaptation of Dirk, but it's worth bearing in mind that Douglas always thought Dirk would make a better film than Hitchhiker and I feel sure that this new TV drama with a terrific script by Howard Overman will prove his point!"

Source: BBC

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