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

Dirk Gently

  • TV comedy drama
  • BBC Four
  • 2010 - 2012
  • 4 episodes (1 series)

Stephen Mangan stars as Douglas Adams's holistic detective who believes he can solve crimes due to the interconnectedness of all things. Stars Stephen Mangan, Darren Boyd, Helen Baxendale, Jason Watkins and Lisa Jackson

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Series 1, Episode 2

With business far from booming, Dirk and MacDuff style themselves as holistic security consultants and return to the university that expelled Dirk for cheating twenty years earlier.

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Further details

Dirk Gently. Image shows from L to R: Dirk Gently (Stephen Mangan), Professor Jericho (Bill Paterson). Copyright: ITV Studios / The Welded Tandem Picture Company

Dirk and MacDuff return to Cambridge, to the university that expelled Dirk for cheating 20 years ago.

They have been employed by Dirk's former professor as security consultants to guard a valuable robot. However, within hours of their arrival the robot is stolen and the professor found dead, with Dirk and MacDuff implicated as the chief suspects.

The professor was the only person who ever believed in Dirk, who vows to find out who is behind the murder. The chief suspects are Emelda Ransome, the brilliant but embittered computer scientist who has spent the whole of her career developing a fully functioning Artificial Intelligence, and David Cho, the Chinese programmer recently arrived from Beijing to help Emelda complete her experiment.

Macduff's girlfriend Susan is also in Cambridge at an interview for a new job which, if she got it, would mean the end of Dirk and MacDuff's detective partnership.

Broadcast details

Monday 12th March 2012
BBC Four
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 12th March 2012 10:30pm BBC HD
Tuesday 13th March 2012 12:40am BBC4
Tuesday 13th March 2012 3:05am BBC4
Thursday 15th March 2012 10:00pm BBC4
Friday 28th December 2012 10:30pm BBC HD
Wednesday 1st July 2015 10:00pm BBC4
Thursday 2nd July 2015 1:55am BBC4

Cast & crew

Stephen Mangan Dirk Gently
Darren Boyd Richard MacDuff
Helen Baxendale Susan Harmison
Lisa Jackson Janice Pearce
Guest cast
Bill Paterson Professor Jericho
Sylvestra Le Touzel Emelda Ransome
Lydia Wilson Jane
Andrew Leung Noel
Will Sharpe David Cho
Bethan Hanks Elaine Robot
Tim J. Henley Fish & Chip Proprietor
Writing team
Matt Jones Writer
Hannah Mackay Script Editor
Production team
Tom Shankland Director
Chris Carey Producer
Saurabh Kakkar Executive Producer
Brian Minchin Executive Producer
Howard Overman Executive Producer
Matthew Tabern Editor
Amelia Shankland Production Designer
Daniel Pemberton Composer


Missing Robot

Investigating a missing robot Dirk questions one of the University's smartest Professors. His methods of detection are challenged as the Professor questions the practicalities of using quantum theory to solve crime. Dirk chooses to avoid going into details.

Featuring: Darren Boyd (Richard MacDuff) & Stephen Mangan (Dirk Gently).

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