Tim is in a custody battle with his ex-wife, when he quits his job. He applies for a job as a civil servant doing data entry, but discovers during the job interview that he has been offered a job as a trainee spy for MI5.
Centers on the titular holistic detective who investigates cases involving the supernatural. Based on the novel series. Based on the "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" novel series, ... See full summary »
Keith is a recovering alcoholic who regularly attends meetings endangering the recovery of his fellow attendees. Also, his new sobriety brings chaos to his family as he tries to be a better father and husband.
Far ahead of it's time, this documentary introduced the Internet to an unsuspecting public way back in 1990. Douglas Adams, along with Tom Baker, explores the ideas of interactivity & ... See full summary »
Hans Peter Brondmo
Six almost-adults come together as they mourn the loss of recently bereaved guinea pig, George III. Childhood quickly dissipates amidst the chaos of Eton-mess, gainful employment, pornography, suicidal fantasies and just trying to get on.
References to the books can be seen throughout the episodes: the words electric monk can be seen on dirks office wall before he paints over it and the newspaper headline reads "horse found in bathroom" See more »
This is "based on Douglas Adams' book" well, the names are the same. Not a huge problem though as I think Adams would be happy with this programme.
Dirk Gently runs a "holistic detective agency" and believes in the inter-connectivity of events. He is accompanied in his quests by Richard MacDuff. So yeah, it's Holmes and Watson to some extent.
What I like about these programmes is that they don't dwell too long on analysing the crimes or digging into the characters' backgrounds. The writers concentrate more on providing a slightly off-beat story. While features of Dirk Gently (and to some extent MacDuff) are constants through all 3 programmes, there is no attempt to shove them "in yer face". There is also a degree of ambiguity about the setting although I guess it is around the time it was produced. I sometimes think producers place too much time on getting the background right while, quite frankly, I don't care.
Stephen Mangan is a tad irritating in the first programme with his Holmesian deliveries but this begins to work the longer you watch. He carries the lead role well. And Darren Boyd has never impressed me in the past but he works well as the sidekick. I like the portrayal of the Janice/secretary character. It is quite one dimensional (not a bad thing) and isn't over used.
The producers have struck a balance with the actors, story and setting. I am disappointed that this looks like the only time we will see this combination as I enjoyed all three episodes.
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