Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Douglas Adams' Other Hero Comes To Television

Douglas Adams may no longer be with us, but that hasn't stopped people living off his legacy and this Christmas will see Dirk Gently (star of the impossibly brilliantly titles THE LONG DARK TEATIME OF THE SOUL) coming to BBC 4.

Don't expect a straight adaptation of the books, though, as they are even madder than THE HITCH HIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY. Instead, the characters will be involved in something that is imbued with the spirit of Adams. That's the theory at least. The BBC blurb states:

"Stephen Mangan stars as Dirk Gently, who operates his eponymous detective agency based on the fundamental interconnectedness of all things, in this hour-long drama based on Douglas Adams's cult novels.

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.

In this story, adapted by Bafta-winning writer Howard Overman (Misfits), 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.

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

We will withold judgement until we have seen the final product.

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