- 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
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."
- Production companies
- Also known as
- Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Original novel title)
- Laugh track
- 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