Mentioned only in passing at last year’s Hitchcon, the first* TV adaptation of Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency has now been officially announced by the BBC for their autumn/winter season. What do we know? That it’s going to screen on BBC 4 (not BBC 3 as originally planned), and that the plot will see Gently try “to solve the disappearance of a cat from an old lady’s house” – ie. it will be an adaptation of Adams’ first Gently book, at least in part. The script is by Howard Overman, creator of Misfits and Vexed, and according to his agent, the runtime is 60 minutes.
At the moment, the show is set to be a “one-off pilot” only, but healthy viewing figures and a good level of audience appreciation should change that quickly enough. They can count on me and Rich to be tuning in, I’m sure. Might this end up being the niche-channel Sherlock?
Harry Enfield played the title role in the BBC radio adaptation, but there’s no indication if he’s on board the TV show or not. Indeed, there’s no clue as to casting out there at all – so if you have any info, please do e-mail it to me. Rumours also say that filming is, or will be, taking place in Bristol, so please, Little Bristollian Bleeders, have your cameras at the ready. I’m sure there’s swag to be had.
More news as we get it.
*Unless you count the segments from a South Bank Show documentary on Adams in 1992.