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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

BBC Radio 4 sitcom. 12 episodes (2 series), 2007 - 2008. Stars Harry Enfield, Billy Boyd, Jim Carter, Olivia Colman, Robert Duncan, Felicity Montagu, Michael Fenton Stevens and others.

The Long Dark Tea-Time Of The Soul, Episode 1

Dirk Gently loses a secretary and Odin sells his soul.

Further details

Dirk Gently's secretary Janice Pearce finally resigns because her pay is hopelessly in arrears. Then his first client in months claims he is being followed on the bus by a hairy, green-eyed, scythe-wielding monster. Faced with such unreasonable and deluded people, Dirk realises it is time to get some normality into his life - and some income. So he takes up reading palms in a tent in a pub beer garden, dressed as an old gypsy woman.

But this is nothing compared to the fate of Odin, Ancient Father of the Norse Gods - no longer worshipped by millions but ignored and left destitute. Persuaded by the unsavoury goblin Toe Rag to trade his immortality for the comforts of a warm bed and 24-hour nursing care, Odin has fallen into the hands of an unscrupulous advertising executive and her husband, Simon and Cynthia Draycott.

Odin's son Thor is desperately looks for a way to save his inheritance, but an attempt to fly to Norway by hammer has resulted in an unfortunate encounter with a pair of RAF jets, scrambled to pursue this large hairy UFO. As only one jet returns home - and a strangely marked eagle soars on a thermal over Sheringham - Thor tries another route to Norway - British Airways.

At Heathrow Terminal 5 Thor meets Kate Schechter, an American journalist who attempts to help him get on a flight but is thwarted both by the Check-In girl - one Janice Pearce in her new job - and the fact that Thor has no passport. The check-in desk explodes as the God Of Thunder loses his temper.

Whilst Dirk reads palms in drag, the client with monster problems is in grave danger - and Janice is about to spend a significant period of her life under a godlike curse as a vending machine. Finally, as Dirk leaves only 5 hours late for his appointment with a client whose life expectancy may not have included the last 4 hours and 59 minutes, the cleaning lady, Elena must deal with his fridge - a fridge so disgusting that it has ceased simply to stand in a corner of Dirk's kitchen but has now begun to actually Lurk.


Episode dedicated to Geoffrey Perkins.

Broadcast details

Thursday 2nd October 2008
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Harry Enfield Dirk Gently
Billy Boyd Richard MacDuff
Olivia Colman Janice Pearce
Peter Davison Simon Draycott
Jan Ravens Cynthia Draycott
Laurel Lefkow Kate Schechter
Stephen Moore Odin
Rupert Degas Thor
Michael Roberts Toe Rag
Guest cast
Sally Grace Elena
Jon Glover Anstey
Wayne Forester RAF Pilot 1
Philip Pope RAF Pilot 2
Sarah Montague Self
Writing team
Douglas Adams Writer
Dirk Maggs Writer (Adapted By)
Production team
Dirk Maggs Director
Dirk Maggs Producer
Philip Pope Composer