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 3

Dirk and MacDuff are alarmed to discover that Dirk's old clients are being randomly murdered, with Dirk as the only link.

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Further details

Dirk Gently. Image shows from L to R: Melinda Fulstone (Lisa Dillon), Dirk Gently (Stephen Mangan). Copyright: ITV Studios / The Welded Tandem Picture Company

The police want to talk to Dirk urgently. Several of his clients have been murdered and Dirk is the only link. Convinced that he's being framed, Dirk resolves to flee the country. He is interrupted by the arrival of a beautiful woman who has been terrorised by a stalker.

To MacDuff's surprise Dirk takes the case, but his surprise turns to disbelief when Dirk reveals that it's him who's been doing the stalking. When the police finally catch up with Dirk at his horribly messy flat (his dispute with his cleaner has escalated into full scale war) they reveal he isn't under suspicion - they just want to protect him from this professional killer.

With Dirk's pride dented (as if he couldn't commit a few simple murders!) he and MacDuff investigate the case and discover that the only murderer Dirk ever framed has recently been released from prison...

Broadcast details

Monday 19th March 2012
BBC Four
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 19th March 2012 10:30pm BBC HD
Tuesday 20th March 2012 1:10am BBC4
Tuesday 20th March 2012 3:45am BBC4
Thursday 22nd March 2012 10:00pm BBC4
Monday 26th March 2012 10:30pm BBC HD
Saturday 29th December 2012 10:45pm BBC HD
Wednesday 8th July 2015 10:00pm BBC4
Thursday 9th July 2015 1:55am BBC4

Cast & crew

Stephen Mangan Dirk Gently
Darren Boyd Richard MacDuff
Jason Watkins DI Gilks
Lisa Jackson Janice Pearce
Guest cast
Lisa Dillon Melinda Fulstone
Tony Pitts Robbie Glover
Tina Maskell The Cleaner
Jason Stevens Heavy 1
Writing team
Jamie Mathieson 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


Fleeing the Police

Fleeing from the police and DI Gilks across the rooftops outside their office Dirk and Macduff are intrigued to learn that their latest client -- the beautiful and scatty Melinda Fulstone (Lisa Dillon) - has been the victim of stalking.

Featuring: Darren Boyd (Richard MacDuff), Lisa Jackson (Janice Pearce), Stephen Mangan (Dirk Gently), Jason Watkins (DI Gilks) & Lisa Dillon (Melinda Fulstone).

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