Archive for December 10, 2010

New 4 part series-Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency on BBC Four.

December 10, 2010 2 comments

Article Here:

6 October 2010

Stephen Mangan to star as detective Dirk Gently

Stephen Mangan Mangan played medic Guy Secretan in Green Wing

Green Wing star Stephen Mangan is to play detective Dirk Gently in a screen adaptation of writer Douglas Adams’ literary creation.

Mangan’s sidekick Richard Macduff will be played by actor Darren Boyd, while Cold Feet’s Helen Baxendale has been cast as Macduff’s girlfriend.

Mangan said he was a big Adams fan and that it was a “thrill to be playing one of his brilliant characters”.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is due on BBC Four this winter.

Filming of the drama has started in Bristol this week.

Dismissive and unreliable

The story sees Gently investigating the disappearance of an old lady’s cat and unwittingly stumbling across a double murder.

Mangan, whose other credits include I’m Alan Partridge, revealed that he was a fan of Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on radio.

“I used to record [it] as a child and listen to [it] over and over again in my bedroom.

“Dirk is described as lazy, untidy, dismissive and unreliable. I’ve absolutely no idea why they thought I’d be right for the role,” he added.

Ed Victor, Adams’s agent, said: “For all the years I represented the late, great Douglas Adams, the most substantial frustration for both of us was that we couldn’t get films made either of Hitchhiker or Dirk.

“Douglas once said, memorably, that ‘getting a film made in Hollywood was like trying to cook a steak by having a bunch of people come into the room and breathe on it’.

“Well, we did eventually get a film made in Hollywood of Hitchhiker and, tragically, Douglas didn’t live to see it. Nor will he see this adaptation of Dirk – but it’s worth bearing in mind that Douglas always thought Dirk would make a better film than Hitchhiker.”

The writer died in 2001 at the age of 49.


Next on:

Thursday, 21:00 on BBC Four


Episode image for Dirk GentlyDrama featuring writer Douglas Adams’s holistic detective Dirk Gently, who operates based on the fundamental interconnectedness of all things. An investigation into a missing cat is inextricably linked to a chance encounter with an old friend, an exploding warehouse, a missing billionaire and a plate of biscuits.


Stephen Mangan
Darren Boyd
Helen Baxendale
DI Gilks
Jason Watkins
Lisa Jackson
Doreen Mantle
Gordon Way
Anthony Howell
Dr Gerstenberger
Miles Richardson
Billy Boyle
Elliot Sutherland
Alisha Bailey
Alex Parry
Gary Pillai
Joe Hall
Leona Walker
Damon Thomas
Chris Carey
Executive Producer
Saurabh Kakkar
Howard Overman

Show more credits


  1. Thu 16 Dec 2010
  2. Thu 16 Dec 2010
  3. Fri 17 Dec 2010
  4. Fri 17 Dec 2010
  5. Sat 18 Dec 2010
Categories: Cinema + TV

Steve Bell on the relationship between David Cameron and Nick Clegg

10.12.2010 Steve Bell cartoon

Categories: Cartoons

Can you take on Britain’s toughest pub music quiz?

Quiz: Try your hand at 35 questions set by Jon Kutner, who runs the longest-running pub music quiz in Britain.

Here are 10 easy, 10 medium, 10 hard and 5 extra toughies … go!

Quiz Here:

I scored 23…