As you know, a TV production of Dirk Gently is currently being filmed for BBC4 as one off which should be broadcast during this winter. If this one off is a success, then Dirk Gently could become a TV series. Argh, fingers crossed!!
Now some major casting news have been revealed. Most importantly, Stephen Mangan is Dirk Gently. Mangan has already played a major comic character Adrian Mole in “Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years” (2001). He also played in other british TV series as “Free agents” and “Never better”.
Darren Boyd plays Richard Macduff (a young software engineer working for WayForward Technologies that Dirk met in the first DG book and who would be something like Dirk’s sidekick in the tv series). Darren Doyle is also known for his parts in some british tv series as Steve Coogan’s “Saxondale”, “Green Wing” and “Whites”.
Helen Baxendale is playing Richard’s girlfriend Susan. She played in Cold Feet, and already played with Sptehn Mangan in “Adrian Mole : the cappuccino years” where she played Adrian’s first love, Pandora. She also played in Friends (the part of Emily during 14 episodes in seasons 4 and 5).
Jason Watkins is Detective sergent Gilks. He played previously in at least two excellent british TV series : “Being Human” and “The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle”
Janice Pearce (Dirk’s secretary) is played by Lisa Jackson (walking the dead, bright young things).
Dirk Gently is produced by ITV Studios in association with The Welded Tandem Picture Company and will be directed by Damon Thomas (“The First Men In the Moon”, “Crooked House”), written by Howard Overman (“Misfits”, “Merlin”, “Vexed”), and produced by Chris Carey (here is his twitter account). Saurabh Kakkar is Executive Producer for ITV Studios and Eleanor Moran and Jamie Laurenson are Executive Producers for BBC.