Dirk Gently is a British comedy detective drama TV series based on characters from the Dirk Gently novels by Douglas Adams. The series was created by Howard Overman and stars Stephen Mangan as holistic detective Dirk Gently and Darren Boyd as his business partner and sidekick Richard MacDuff. Recurring actors include Helen Baxendale as MacDuff's girlfriend Susan Harmison, Jason Watkins as DI Gilks and Lisa Jackson as Dirk's receptionist Janice Pearce. Unlike most detective series Dirk Gently features broadly comic touches and even some minor science fiction themes such as time travel and humanoid robots.
Dirk Gently operates his Holistic Detective Agency based on the "fundamental interconnectedness of all things" (see Holism). Often relying on random chance methods such as Zen Navigation, Dirk discovers connections between seemingly-unrelated cases. He claims that he follows the principles of quantum mechanics but it is implied that he doesn't really understand them. Although most people suspect he is just a cheap conman he often produces surprising results.
An original television soundtrack album featuring music from the series composed by Daniel Pemberton was released by 1812 Recordings on 5 March 2012.
Status: Canceled, Ended, or Not Renewed
Premiered: December 16, 2010
Ended: March 19, 2012
Genre: Adventure | Crime | Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
Network: BBC FOUR (United Kingdom)
Runtime: 60 Minutes
The show was not given a second series. On the 28th of May 2012, Stephen Mangan wrote on Twitter: "It gives me no pleasure whatsoever to report that the BBC have decided not to make any more Dirk Gently."
Dirk Gently, Holistic Detective, takes on the case of a missing cat and soon finds himself in a web of intrigue involving a missing CEO, a disappearing husband, and a recursive time loop. An hour-long pilot episode loosely based on plot elements from Adams' 1987 novel Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.
A full series of three one-hour episodes was subsequently commissioned in March 2011 and aired on BBC Four in March 2012
S01E01 -- March 05, 2012 -- Episode 1
S01E02 -- March 12, 2012 -- Episode 2
S01E03 -- March 19, 2012 -- Episode 3
S01E01 -- Dirk discovers a connection between two unrelated cases. The first involves a client who thinks that the Pentagon are attempting to kill him and the second involves a person whose horoscopes appear to be coming true.
S01E02 -- Dirk and Macduff return to Cambridge, to the university that Dirk was thrown out from for cheating twenty years ago. They have been hired by Dirk's former professor as security consultants to guard a valuable robot. After the robot is stolen and the professor is discovered dead, Dirk and Macduff are soon implicated as the chief suspects.
S01E03 -- The police need to talk to Dirk urgently as a few of his clients have been murdered and Dirk is the only link in the investigation. Dirk decides to flee the country after he is convinced that he is being framed. His plans are interrupted by the arrival of a pretty woman though who has been terrorised by a stalker. Macduff is surprised after Dirk decides to take the case, but his surprise turns to disbelief after Dirk reveals that it's him who's been doing the stalking. After the police finally manage to catch up with Dirk at his messy flat they just want to protect him from the professional killer.