Dirk Gently. Image shows from L to R: Dirk Gently (Stephen Mangan), Richard MacDuff (Darren Boyd). Copyright: ITV Studios / The Welded Tandem Picture Company.

Dirk Gently

BBC Four comedy drama. 4 episodes (pilot + 1 series), 2010 - 2012. Stars Stephen Mangan, Darren Boyd, Helen Baxendale, Jason Watkins and Lisa Jackson.

Dirk Gently

Stephen Mangan stars as Douglas Adams's holistic detective who believes he can solve crimes due to the interconnectedness of all things

Comedy Drama
2010 - 2012
BBC Four
4   (1 pilot + 1 series)
Douglas Adams
Stephen Mangan, Darren Boyd, Helen Baxendale, Jason Watkins and Lisa Jackson
Howard Overman, Matt Jones and Jamie Mathieson
Tom Shankland
Chris Carey

BBC Four comic drama based on Douglas Adams' cult novel, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

Stephen Mangan stars as the detective. He is joined by Darren Boyd as his unwitting sidekick Richard MacDuff, with Helen Baxendale playing Richard's girlfriend Susan.

Anti-hero Dirk Gently operates his eponymous detective agency based on the fundamental interconnectedness of all things. Perpetually broke, hopelessly chaotic and utterly infuriating, most people suspect Dirk is nothing more than a cheap conman. And they might be right - but nevertheless his methods, though unusual, do often produce surprising results...

When Dirk sets out to solve an apparently simple and harmless disappearance of a cat from an old lady's house, he unwittingly uncovers a double murder which, in turn, leads to a host of even more extraordinary events.

Stephen Mangan says: "I've been a fan of Douglas Adams ever since the Hitchhiker's radio series which I used to record as a child and listen to over and over again in my bedroom. It's such a thrill to now be playing one of his brilliant characters."

"Dirk is a chaotic, anarchic force of nature with a totally unique take on the world. He is described as 'lazy, untidy, dismissive and unreliable'. I've absolutely no idea why they thought I'd be right for the role."

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 16th December 2010 on BBC Four at 9pm
Last new broadcast
Monday 19th March 2012 on BBC Four at 9pm
Length of episodes
1 hour
Last repeat
Thursday 9th July 2015 at 1:55am

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