Episode 1

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective AgencyIn a distant galaxy, an electronic monk begins to malfunction. On Earth, businessman Gordon Way, rambling on and on to his sister Susan’s answering machine, hears a noise in the trunk of his car. When he goes back to check, he is shot dead. Computer programmer Richard MacDuff, who works for Gordon and is dating Susan, thinks he sees Gordon as he is heading home following his attendance at a gathering at his old college. After being stopped by a policeman, he realizes that he has promised Susan in a phone message to take her somewhere, but can’t possibly do it because of all the work he needs to finish for Gordon. He decides to break into Susan’s apartment to delete his message and his entry is observed by private detective Dirk Gently, hired by Gordon to watch Richard’s movements. Once inside, Richard is unable to delete the message before Susan returns because he recieves a call from Gently, who points out his many housebreaking mistakes and offers to help Richard. When Susan does show up, in the company of magazine publisher Michael Wenton-Weakes, they have words, but Micahel soon leaves. Richard recounts his very odd evening with his old tutor, Professor Chronotis, who talked of odd things, such as George III’s obsession with with the passage of time, and had a horse in his bathtub. The next day, Richard is the primary suspect for Gordon’s murder, a fact he learns when he goes to visit Gently in Dirk’s office. Dirk suggests that Richard’s one course of action is hypnotism…

Order this story on CDwritten by Douglas Adams
adapted by Dirk Maggs and John Langdon from the novel “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”
directed by Dirk Maggs
music by Philip Pope

Cast: Olivia Colman (Janice Pierce), Harry Enfield (Dirk Gently), Robert Duncan (Gordon Way), Felicity Montagu (Susan Way), Toby Longworth (The Electric Monk), Billy Boyd (Richard MacDuff), Michael Fenton Stevens (Michael Wenton-Weakes), Andrew Sachs (Professor Chronotis), Jim Carter (Gilks), Jeffrey Holland (George III), Wayne Forester (Courtier), Jon Glover (Professor Cawley), Philip Pope (Garage Attendant), Neil Sleet (Newsreader), John Marsh (Announcer)

Notes: Many of Adams’ ideas put forth in “Dirk Gently” can be traced back to his work on television’s Doctor Who, including aspects of the plot to City Of Death and, more significantly, the character of Professor Chronotis, who was originally created for the uncompleted serial, Shada. Adams was quite put out when the BBC completed Shada for video release in 1993, as he felt that “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” had supplanted and superceded it. While fans have tried to tie Dirk Gently and the related characters into Adams’ more popular Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, connections are tenuous, at best.

This series was produced by Above the Title, utilizing many of the same crew who had brought the last three “Hitchhiker’s” novels to the radio in the form of the “Tertiary”, “Quandary” and “Quintessential” phases.

Andrew Sachs faced off against the Doctor Who version of Professor Chronotis (played by James Fox) when he appeared as the villain Skagra in the 2002 BBCi animated production of Shada.

Jon Glover appeared in the television version of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and had worked previously with Harry Enfield in Harry Enfield’s Television Programme.

Composer and actor Philip Pope performed several voices on Douglas Adams’ “Hitchhiker”-related computer game Starship Titanic.

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Episode 2

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective AgencyEveryone is dealing with the aftermath of Gordon’s murder. Richard is with Dirk, going over the events of the previous day, Susan is at home in mourning and Gordon’s ghost is unable to get anyone to notice him. Michael, meanwhile, is falling apart over the loss of his magazine and the Electric Monk goes in search of fast food. Richard’s behavior is becoming erratic. In the middle of denying that he has been behaving odd, for instance, he jumps into a canal.

Order this story on CDwritten by Douglas Adams
adapted by Dirk Maggs and John Langdon from the novel “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”
directed by Dirk Maggs
music by Philip Pope

Cast: Felicity Montagu (Susan Way), Robert Duncan (Gordon Way), Harry Enfield (Dirk Gently), Billy Boyd (Richard MacDuff), Olivia Colman (Janice Pierce), Michael Fenton Stevens (Michael Wenton-Weakes), Toby Longworth (The Electric Monk), Andrew Sachs (Professor Chronotis), Jim Carter (Gilks), Jeffrey Holland (George III), Wayne Forester (Courtier), Jon Glover (Professor Cawley), Philip Pope (Garage Attendant), Neil Sleet (Newsreader), John Marsh (Announcer)

LogBook entry by Philip R. Frey

Pilot

HyperdriveDirk Gently, a “holistic detective” who deduces the solutions to his cases through his unwavering belief in the interconnectedness of all things, has just accepted a case to find a missing cat, when he notices his old college friend, Richard Macduff, seeming to rob a house. But it turns out that the house is Macduff’s own, and he has a reason to make it look as though the house has been burgled, though it’s not a terribly good reason: he suspects his girlfriend is involved with technology millionaire Gordon Way. With Macduff in tow, Dirk decides to poke around in a seemingly abandoned nearby warehouse, only to discover that it’s rigged to explode. The two barely escape before the warehouse blows up, and the news media report that Way perished in that blast…even though neither Dirk nor Macduff saw him there. Dirk begins investigating the strange disappearance of Gordon Way, and finds the interconnectedness he advocates so often – Way’s disappearance is directly related to Macduff, to Dirk’s own past, and even to the missing cat.

written by Howard Overman
based on “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” by Douglas Adams
directed by Damon Thomas
music by Daniel Pemberton

Dirk GentlyCast: Stephen Mangan (Dirk Gently), Helen Baxendale (Susan Harrison), Darren Boyd (Richard Macduff), Doreen Mantle (Ruth Jordan), Jason Watkins (DI Gilks), Lisa Jackson (Janice Pearce), Anthony Howell (Gordon Way), Miles Richardson (Doctor Gerstenberger), Billy Boyle (Harry Jordan), Elliot Sutherland (Tom), Gary Pillai (Doctor), Alisha Bailey (Reporter), Joe Hall (Newsagent), Leona Walker (Receptionist), Alex Parry (Barman)

Dirk GentlyNotes: The second of the BBC’s attempts to dramatize Douglas Adams’ lesser known books, this is the first attempt on television, and adapts the first of those novels, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, for an hour-long TV format. The results were popular enough to result in a short season of three further episodes the following year.

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