Dirk Gently (2010–2012)
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Eccentric private eye Dirk Gently uses 'holistic' methods, believing everything in the universe to be connected. When hired to trace elderly Ruth's missing cat, Dirk, with down-trodden ... See full summary »


Damon Thomas


Douglas Adams (based on "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detecive Agency" by), Howard Overman (written & created by)




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


Eccentric private eye Dirk Gently uses 'holistic' methods, believing everything in the universe to be connected. When hired to trace elderly Ruth's missing cat, Dirk, with down-trodden sidekick MacDuff, investigates a warehouse, which houses a strange contraption, which blows up. A connection is made to a missing billionaire, Gordon Way, who has been besotted with MacDuff's girlfriend Susan for over a decade. Dirk connects the dates when Ruth acquired her cat and when Susan threw over Way to solve a puzzle involving time travel and homicide, accounting for the missing cat and billionaire as well as the disappearance of Ruth's husband. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

11 December 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency See more »

Filming Locations:

Bristol, England, UK

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


As mentioned above, Dirk paints over his notes from his previous case, which contain references to the plot of Adams' first Gently novel. It's a cute sight gag, though it strains one's immersion in the present "Dirk and Richard getting acquainted" scene, since Richard was one of the main characters in that case, working for Gordon Way, and dating Way's sister, Susan. See more »


At 10:26 when the unpaid receptionist is in a hurry to leave she packs her framed picture twice. See more »


Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 15 December 2010 (2010) See more »


Stay Another Day
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Pretty good
20 December 2010 | by adrian_j_beaumontSee all my reviews

I've been a long time fan of all things Adamsy, slightly disappointed with the movie version of HGTTG, somehow i expected it to be better than the TV series in relation to the extra amount spent, so i was wondering what they'd done with this.

I already knew this was going to follow the characters but not the actual story line of the book.

In the end i thought they pulled it off pretty well. Mangan is well cast as Dirk, it's all rather quirky, Dirk comes across as a total charlatan just as i imagined him from the books.

I wonder if they'll make a series? I hope so. Keep it short so you don't run out of ideas and lets hope they make a better job of trying to recreate Douglas sense of humour than Eoin Colfer did with 'And Another Thing'

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