Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. Image shows from L to R: Detective Sergeant Gilks (Jim Carter), Dirk Gently (Harry Enfield). Copyright: Above The Title Productions / BBC.

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

BBC Radio 4 sitcom following Douglas Adams's comic detective. 12 episodes (2 series), 2007 - 2008. Stars Harry Enfield, Billy Boyd, Jim Carter, Olivia Colman and others.

Holistic Detective Agency, Episode 4

In which Richard takes a dip, the Monk orders a milkshake and Dirk jumps to conclusions.

Further details

Gordon Way may be dead but that's not slowing him down. In fact he is attempting to finish one last vital task before departing for other levels of existence - if only he could think what that task is. He fails to make himself visible or audible to his sister Susan Way, whose boyfriend Richard MacDuff, prime suspect in Gordon's murder, has just completed a second session under hypnosis with Dirk Gently, Holistic Detective.

Whilst Dirk looks for the interconnectedness between Gordon's death, Richard's strange behaviour in trying to burgle Susan's flat and the poltergeist which appears to have invaded Richard's flat, he comes face to face with his nemesis, Detective Sergeant Gilks, and they discover incontrovertible evidence about Richard's involvement in the crime.

As Gilks is suddenly called back to Cambridgeshire to deal with an incident in a burger restaurant involving an Electric Monk and a horse, Dirk comes to the reluctant conclusion that the problems of reconciling all the elements of the case are so intractable that he must write down what the answer is. All his assistant Janice Pearce can see is childish squiggle.

But Dirk knows where to find the answer - he must return to the scene of the most impossible of all the bizarre events which have taken place so far - Cambridge University.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 24th October 2007
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Harry Enfield Dirk Gently
Billy Boyd Richard MacDuff
Jim Carter Detective Sergeant Gilks
Olivia Colman Janice Pearce
Robert Duncan Gordon Way
Felicity Montagu Susan Way
Michael Fenton Stevens Michael Wenton-Weakes
Toby Longworth The Electric Monk
Andrew Sachs Professor 'Reg' Chronotis
Guest cast
Andrew Secombe (as Andy Secombe) Psychiatrist
Writing team
Douglas Adams Writer
Dirk Maggs Writer (Adapted By)
Production team
Dirk Maggs Director
Jo Wheeler Producer
Philip Pope Composer

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