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  • Actors: Stephen Mangan, Helen Baxendale, Darren Boyd
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar. 2012
  • Run Time: 229 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007BBN1R0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,639 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Dirk Gently, Douglas Adams' perennially broke, morally dubious Holistic Detective, whose investigations are based on the "Fundamental Interconnectedness of All Things" is finally brought to television in BBC4's hit series.

Created by Howard Overman (Misfits) and starring Stephen Mangan (Episodes, Green Wing) as Dirk, and Darren Boyd (Spy, Whites) as his put-upon business partner Richard MacDuff, these four stories take in a missing cat, a stolen robot, horoscopes that actually predict the future and a Pentagon plot to destroy the Free World.

And while solving these cases, Dirk must stay one step ahead of MacDuff's sceptical girlfriend Susan (Helen Baxendale--Cold Feet, Friends), harassed Detective Inspector Gilks (Jason Watkins--Trollied) and his own unpaid, unappreciated assistant Janice (Lisa Jackson--Campus), all while escaping the attentions of the Taxman and framing a man for murder.

Based on the much-loved books by Douglas Adams (Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy), Dirk Gently is written by Howard Overman, Jamie Mathieson (Being Human) and Matt Jones (Doctor Who, Skins).

Part genius, part conman, mostly tangential, Dirk Gently is a detective like no other.

Includes all three new episodes, plus the pilot episode.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Buxton on 20 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
When one watches this series, one can't help but think "what might have been", had Douglas Adams survived his heart attack and written more for Dirk Gently. How would he have written current technology into Gently stories? But then you remember that A Spoon Too Short (later renamed A Salmon of Doubt) had been sitting in his notebooks for the best part of a decade before Adams' death, and you are forced to conclude that he might never have gotten around to writing anything at all.

But Adams is no longer with us, so fans of his works will have to make do with other people writing scenarios for the characters. Dirk Maggs set the standard very high with his radio adaptations of the later Hitchiker novels and first two Dirk Gently novels. Garth Jennings made a fine effort with the Hitchiker film, but unfortunately it was not as well received as I think it should have been, flaws such as the Trillian/Arthur/Zaphod love triangle notwithstanding.

And now we have a Dirk Gently television series. I must admit I was sceptical about the casting - Stephen Mangan is a fine comedy performer (as can be heard on Elvenquest), but he can be a bit hit-or-miss (as seen in Confetti). However, he exudes arrogance and confidence, so after a short while you tend to forget that you are watching Stephen and are now witnessing Dirk Gently.

Darren Boyd works well as Richard MacDuff, as stories like this do require a "Watson" style character, if only for exposition purposes. However, I do have a few issues with Richard. First of all, come the end of the second episode of the 2012 series, you start to question why Richard is staying with Dirk. Dirk is abusive to him, constantly belittles him and is down-right nasty at times. And yet Richard remains.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Lyne VINE VOICE on 31 Mar. 2012
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I have been a massive Douglas Adams fan for as long as I can remember. And I have always found Dirk Gently to be funnier than the HHGTTG. Probably due to the overexposure of the latter. So I was pleased to see that Dirk was finally making it to the telly after all these years. I watched the pilot a year or two ago and thought it to be a very good representation of the book. Sadly I missed the other episodes but spotted the DVD on Amazon an placed an order.

It arrived yesterday and I have already watched it twice.

If you like the recent BBC Sherlock series then you will find that this follows that format very closely but with more laughs. The acting is excellent and the sets fit perfectly with the stories.

The humour sticks closely to the books. The stories not so much. However, despite the deviation from the original stories in the later episodes I am sure that Douglas Adams would be happy that the humour is pretty much spot on. The writers have managed to capture the important bits and not limit themselves to the two written books. This leaves the possibility open for many more episodes. Yes please!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Blackhorse47 on 23 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
Following on from 2011's pilot episode from BBC4, the first series of three episodes detailing the adventures of the holistic detective was entertaining, although not as entertaining as it could have been. The problem that many Douglas Adams fans focussed on is that the show had little to do with the books. Apart from mentioning character names and minor plotting points from the two and a quarter completed novels, there's little in the series that actually comes from the novels. I didn't view that as an issue as a BBC4 show doesn't have the budget to tackle the stories properly.

For me the main problem is that the show is unsure what it wants to be, which is sad as it seems obvious that it ought to pitch itself somewhere between Dr Who and Sherlock. Viewers who find Dr Who's fantasy too fantastic can take solace in Gently's grounded fantasy while those who find Sherlock not fantastic enough can enjoy a show that can incorporate science fiction ideas. Two of the four episodes took that approach (the pilot and the middle episode of series 1) and they worked excellently, while the other two were less successful and came over as a very low budget Sherlock featuring ideas that were too whimsical for that series. In fact even the theme tune sounds like something composed and then rejected for Sherlock.

The pilot featured missing cats and time-travel, which was in the spirit of the novels, while the middle episode concerned robots, artificial intelligence, and body-swapping. The resulting stories were exactly what the show should be, namely a comic, science fiction detective series in which the solution to the murder plot involves an element that a reality-based detective series could never use.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Finke on 10 April 2012
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Really enjoyed this show. Glad I could get it on DVD to watch in the US. I hope there is more to come!!!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andromeda Descendent TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
From what I remember of the two Dirk Gently books, which I really enjoyed, read at least twice and have subsequently forgotten a great deal of, Dirk Gently was an eccentric anti-hero who made a living (or at least would make a living if anyone actually paid his outrageous expenses claims) by being a "holistic detective". (a side-note here that Douglas Adams was way ahead of his time in cheekily subverting a physics concept into what is essentially an incredibly clever plot device allowing him to indulge his imagination untethered by any actual need for the eventually connecting plot elements to be grounded with any conventional sense of reality or to progress in a linear fashion. Today, as lines in this series stand out as proof of, it is all too easy to explain to the audience what is meant by the "fundamental interconnectedness of all things") Where was I? Oh yes,

This TV series based on the Dirk Gently novels doesn't stray too far away from that original premise. Stephen Mangan is ideal for the part - I'm almost positive he must have been the producers' first choice - and Darren Boyd makes an excellent partner (or, as Dirk would call him, "assistant") as Richard MacDuff, who is captivated by the idea of being a detective and solving cases himself and wants to learn from Dirk, though hasn't the slightest clue how he does it. Helen Baxendale makes an occasional appearance as Susan, MacDuff's girlfriend, who doesn't like him playing detective, and especially doesn't like him hanging around with Dirk. Jason Watkins is also excellently cast as D. I. Gilks.
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