Harry Enfield is to bring Douglas Adams’s much loved detective Dirk Gently to life in a new BBC Radio 4 series which has already been scheduled for CD release.
Featuring a star-studded cast including by Lord of the Rings actor Billy Boyd, Fawlty Towers’ Andrew Sachs, The Golden Compass�s Jim Carter and Peepshow�s Olivia Colman, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency will be produced by the same award-winning team that made the conclusion to The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.
Gently has an unshakeable belief in the interconnectedness of all things but his Holistic Detective Agency’s only success seems to be tracking down missing cats for old ladies. Then Dirk stumbles upon an old friend behaving bizarrely, and he is drawn into a four-billion year old mystery that must be solved if the human race is to avoid immediate extinction.
This first series of six 30-minute episodes is adapted from the book of the same name and directed by Dirk Maggs, himself chosen by Douglas Adams to conclude the Hitchhikers saga.
Airing in October the series will also have its own dedicated webpages on www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/dirkgently featuring trailers, photographs, production diaries, video and competitions and episodes will also be available on BBC Radio 4�s listen again service.
BBC Audiobooks have confirmed a commercial release of the entire series which also promises nearly an hour’s worth of exclusive, extra material not included in the broadcast.
The CD (�15.99) will be available from 8th November at all good bookshops, online from www.bbcshop.com or by BBC Audiobooks direct mail on 0800 136 919.