|Stephen Mangan as Dirk Gently.|
Running Time: 60 minutes.
Status: There was a pilot in 2010 and three episodes shown in 2012. They’re available on DVD in the U.S.
Production Notes: The Dirk Gently television series was loosely adapted from two novels by Douglas Adams, who is best known for penning The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Adam's book Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency was published in 1987. It contains elements (e.g., St. Cedd's College) from an incomplete Doctor Who serial called "Shada," which Adams wrote in 1979. Dirk's real name is Sylad Cjelli. In 2016, BBC America launched a new series starring Samuel Barnett as Dirk and Elijah Wood as his unwilling sidekick.
Our Review: More quirky comedy than mystery, Dirk Gently is a unique and clever television series with science fiction elements. Casting is key in a show like this and Stephen Mangan strikes all the right notes as Dirk. In the hands of a less affable performer, Dirk could have easily become annoying or just plain weird. But Mangan as Dirk makes us believe that, indeed, everything is related (a phrase still used in our household). It's a shame only four episodes were produced.
Our Grade: B+.