The Long Dark Tea-Time Of The Soul, Episode 2
When Dirk's first client in months claimed he was being followed on the bus by a goblin and a hairy, green-eyed, scythe-wielding monster it seemed like a delusion - but now Geoff Anstey is discovered in his locked basement, listening to his old gramophone in a unique way - his body seated in an armchair several feet away from his head, which has been plonked on the turntable. Dirk's nemesis Detective Superintendent Gilks is convinced this is a particularly irritating suicide - but Dirk feels there must be some connection between the murdered man and his neighbours - the soulless advertising executive Cynthia Draycott and her lawyer husband Simon.
Little does Dirk realise that the Draycotts have acquired the rights to the immortal soul of Odin, father of the Ancient Norse Gods, who still walk the earth, destitute and ignored, and whose champion, Odin's son Thor, is the prisoner of the sinister dwarf Toe Rag, who attempts to persuade him to follow Odin and make a deal with the Draycotts for his godlike powers. But Thor is not Odin, who has become a feeble, depressed old man with an unhealthy obsession for clean sheets with crisp folds. Thor refuses to play ball - or at least he would do if he was not still unconscious from the freak act of indoor global warming that his loss of temper caused to occur in Heathrow Terminal 5, turning Dirk's ex-secretary Miss Pearce into a vending machine for cold drinks.
Meanwhile, searching the dead man's house with the terminally stupid Constable Luke, Dirk discovers an envelope hidden behind a gold disc in the murdered man's bathroom - a very fat legal-looking envelope covered in names, including the Draycotts' all crossed out, save the last - Geoff Anstey. The gold disc is for the hit record HOT POTATO - and it seems that Anstey was lefting a very hot potato indeed to get himself murdered so horribly.
As all this takes place, the other victim of the Heathrow incident, the American journalist Kate Schechter, finds herself waking up in hospital unharmed but confused. The unconscious Norwegian Mr Thor who was admitted with her has gone, as has the vending machine by her bed and the giant eagle perched on the windowsill. And the person who is helping her discharge herself is a refreshingly normal and charming Welsh girl, Nurse Sally Mills, rather than the ugly smelly goblin who claimed to be Nurse Sally Mills in Kate's dream during the night. Kate decides to look for Mr Thor - and Sally suspects she is after more than a story. Meanwhile back in Islington Dirk is too preoccupied nursing a broken nose from an encounter with the head of a small and unpleasant child to notice that his cleaning lady Elena has disappeared (in a bizarre fridge-cleaning accident). While Dirk buys a paper to check his worst fears about his horoscope, by The Great Zaganza, someone who seems to bear him a deep seated and unreasonable grudge, his sense of impending doom is paid off when an eagle attacks him in the street.
- Thursday 9th October 2008
- BBC Radio 4
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|Harry Enfield||Dirk Gently|
|Jim Carter||Detective Sergeant Gilks|
|Olivia Colman||Janice Pearce|
|Peter Davison||Simon Draycott|
|Jan Ravens||Cynthia Draycott|
|Laurel Lefkow||Kate Schechter|
|Michael Roberts||Toe Rag|
|Wayne Forester||Constable Luke|
|Sally Grace||Sister Bailey|
|Morwenna Banks||Nurse Sally Mills|
|Dirk Maggs||Writer (Adapted By)|