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dirk gently's holistic detective agency

A new TV series based on Douglas Adams' comic Dirk Gently mysteries will air on Netflix in the UK in December. However, our American cousins will be able to watch before then, as the BBC/Netflix co-production will air on BBC America in October.

The series will star Samuel Barnett ('Penny Dreadful') as the titular "holistic detective" and Elijah Wood as his reluctant assistant Todd. Wood's character does not appear in Adams' novels, so has been added for the TV series.

It'll be interesting to see what Adams purists make of that.

Netflix already has plans for more than one series of the show, with each series seeing the duo covering a different case. According to the streaming service, it will see them "wend their way through one big, seemingly insane mystery a season, crossing unlikely paths with a bevy of wild and sometimes dangerous characters, each episode landing them a few random steps closer to uncovering the truth."

Gently has been portrayed by Stephen Mangan in a previous BBC series that was cancelled after just three episodes. Harry Enfield also played the lazy, pizza-loving detective in a Radio 4 adaptation.

The series will run for eight episodes, with screenwriter Max Landis acting as showrunner.

"'Dirk Gently' is a very original series, fresh and unlike anything else," said BBC America president Sarah Barnett. "The novels have legions of fans, and with Max Landis' brilliant and audacious take on this material, we are excited to bring Dirk to life."

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