(Stephen Mangan, Darren Boyd, et al / 2-Disc / Not Rated / (2010) 2013 / Acorn Media)
Overview: Meet Dirk Gently. He's poorly dressed, perpetually insolvent and uncommonly good at solving mysteries. As proprietor of the Holistic Detective Agency, Dirk follows methods that are, in his own words, based on an almost unswerving belief in the fundamental interconnectedness of all things!
DVD Verdict: OK, just to bring you up to date on who this new detective is, Dirk Gently (born Svlad Cjelli, also known as Dirk Cjelli) is a fictional character created by Douglas Adams and featured in the books Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul.
With me so far? OK, good so let us continue. He is portrayed as a pudgy man who normally wears a heavy old light brown suit, red checked shirt with a green striped tie, long leather coat, red hat and thick metal-rimmed spectacles. Of course, TV does not allow for such things so that was changed to a more Sherlockian visual image! Anyway, "Dirk Gently" is not the character's real name. Indeed, it is noted early on in the first book that it is a pseudonym for "Svlad Cjelli".
But, that won't be on the test at the end of this as that fact is never brought up in this new TV series. So new that they sadly cancelled it just a few weeks after the last of the four episodes had aired! Cut short in its prime, 'Dirk Gently' was a TV show that you either allowed yourself to flow along with and enjoy the ride - or it bugged you so much that you couldn't even make it through an episode without rolling your eyeballs!
Luckily I was in the former group and loved all four of these episodes - and even can see myself starting to acknowledge that some of his "fundamental interconnectedness of all things" theory might actually be wonderfully wise mutterings!
We start off with a missing cat that quickly reunites him with an old school mate, Darren Boyd as Richard MacDuff, and after some weirdly wonderful chit chat about a timetraveling cat, his own "holistic detective agency"!
The second episode features a conspiracy theorist who is killed and a woman who thinks that he husband is cheating on her. A story that involves the brilliant-if-you-think-about-it Zen Navigation theory (following a random stranger because wherever you end up is where you were both meant to be!), the irrational web of chance finally reveals the truth behind it all.
In the third episode, Dirk and MacDuff get hired - as security consultants- back at an old college where Gently was expelled some years ago. A story of artifical intelligence, his old friend, Professor Jericho (Bill Paterson) is welcoming at first, dead the next. So Dirk sets about finding out why, even though he is the police's number one suspect! One with a twist ending that you can see coming if you try, the last episode is a long one (seemingly) to watch. Dirk's former clients are being killed and Det. Inpspector Gilks (Jason Watkins from 'Being Human') is resigned to protecting the one man he hates! Oh, and Dirk is also stalking the woman who has just hired him to catch her own stalker! These are all Full Screen Presentations (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.