BBC Four has commissioned a short-run series of Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently following a successful one-hour episode which aired last December starring Stephen Mangan as the eccentric detective.
Based on Adams’ cult novel Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. the three part run is the first drama series commission for BBC Four.
Channel bosses are hoping the new run will emulate the success of last year’s episode which attracted 1.1m viewers – three times the channel’s slot average.
Series writer Howard Overman said he was “thrilled to have the opportunity to write more episodes of Dirk and look forward to seeing where his unique detective methodology and perspective on life takes me.”
The BBC previously dramatised the novel in a Radio 4 adaptation starring Harry Enfield.
The new TV episodes will air in 2012 and are being produced by ITV Studios in association with The Welded Tandem Picture Company.
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