If you’re a fan of Supernatural, Sherlock, and/or Doctor Who, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, from BBC America, AMC Studios, Ideate Media, IDW Entertainment and Netflix will be right up your alley. The eight-part mystery series airs on BBC America beginning October 22 at 9/8c and will launch in all Netflix territories outside the U.S. in December.
Based on novels by the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy author Douglas Adams, the series is written and executive produced by Max Landis (Chronicle, Victor Frankenstein). There have been other adaptations of the novels, notably a BBC radio production in 2007 and a miniseries on BBC4 in 2012. Aside from Landis, this version is executive produced by Ted Adams and David Ozer from IDW, Arvind Ethan David and Zainir Aminullah of Ideate, and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs from Circle of Confusion. The 2016 series stars Samuel Barnett as the eponymous detective and Elijah Wood as his reluctant side-kick, Todd, amongst a host of cast members, including Supernatural alum Osric Chau, and a corgi.
Gently is an eccentric time-traveler, and his belief that all things are connected is what helps him to solve mysteries ranging from missing animals and messy divorces with plenty of supernatural mysteries in between. When Todd stumbles upon a murder scene, he is thrust into Gently’s world reluctantly; “I am not your Watson, asshole!” But then, Gently isn’t your average detective… he doesn’t search for clues, he doesn’t detect, he might not have even solved a case, but rather he insinuates himself into Todd’s life; Todd’s boring, humdrum life where nothing ever happens, leaving Todd with nothing left to lose but go along with this wild eccentric who’s turned his life upside down as they cross paths with a collection of crazy and sometimes dangerous characters. Each episode takes them a few random steps closer to uncovering the truth of the mystery.
Fans of Doctor Who will probably recognize the theme of eccentric time traveler and the regular Joe companion; the genesis of the novel actually came from two Doctor Who serials that Adams wrote, City of Death and Shada. Adams of course removed the trademark Whovian elements, TARDIS and Time Lords and the like, before publishing in 1987, but it’s practically fanfiction (so, right up our proverbial alley).
Watch Dirks Gently on BBC America beginning October 22 at 9/8c.
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