At last, here’s some good news (or bad news if you didn’t like the pilot). BBC Four has ordered three more one hour long instalments of Dirk Gently. The pilot, broadcast in december, was well received even if some critics and viewers complained because the pilot was not a straight adaptation of Dirk Gently’s novels.
According Digital Spy, The programme’s star Stephen Mangan has now confirmed that the BBC has asked for some new episodes.
Writing on his Twitter page, he said: “Dirk Gently gets recommissioned! BBC Four have asked for 3 x one hours… No news yet on what they will be about/which bits of the books will be there/when they will be on. (sic)”
Mangan also joked: “That’s the good news, the bad news is that Gok Wan will be playing Dirk and Kay Burley will be Richard MacDuff.”
When he signed for the part, Mangan said: “I’ve been a fan of Douglas Adams ever since the Hitchiker’s [Guide To The Galaxy]radio series which I used to record as a child and listen to over and over again in my bedroom. It’s such a thrill now to be playing one of his brilliant characters. Dirk is a chaotic, anarchic force of nature with a totally unique take on the world. He is described as ‘lazy, untidy, dismissive and unreliable’. I’ve absolutely no idea why they thought I’d be right for the role.”
We’re still not sure if the Cold Feet actress Helen Baxendale and Darren Boyd, will also be part of the new episodes as Susan and Richard.
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Great news! Thanks for posting. 🙂
I hope they'll just go ahead and leave the books alone and make something standalone just using Dirk as a character. It would work so much better. When I saw the pilot, I was expecting an adaptation of the first book, and instead, it was just some bastardised version of it – didn't work for me at all. Either do a real adaptation or forget about the books completely and create your own thing, I say! So I hope that's what they'll do. Will watch it regardless. 🙂