I was happy to read that BBC AMERICA announced a new series based on Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently novels. The series, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, is scripted by Max Landis and comes from the producers of The Walking Dead.
They are billing it as a “comedic thriller that follows the bizarre adventures of the eccentric holistic detective.” Dirk Gently is played by Samuel Barnett, his reluctant assistant Todd is played by Elijah Wood, and Hannah Marks is Todd’s sister Amanda. Oscar-winning director Dean Parisot will direct the series’ first two episodes. They are shooting the series in Vancouver.
There was an earlier BBC series called simply Dirk Gently that starred Stephen Mangan in the title role in 2010 and 2012.
The way they are playing the new TV adaptation for this fall, Dirk and Todd will be working their way through one mystery all season, though it will take holistically absurd and unlikely paths.
I am a Dirk Gently fan and have written about Dirk and his adventures before and I do recommend the books, but I know it’s easier to watch it unfold from your couch, so set your DVR.