Fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy may or may not be familiar with Douglas Adams other series, Dirk Gently.  The BBC has a series based on the book ready for air, and I really wish I could see the entire show.

Anyone know if this will air on BBC America, or am I going to have to go through other “channel” to get this thing?

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  1. hectorbustnuts
    December 8, 2010 at 3:38 pm — Reply

    Please don’t stuff it up…please don’t stuff it up…please don’t stuff it up…please don’t stuff it up…please don’t stuff it up…

  2. December 8, 2010 at 3:56 pm — Reply

    I really, REALLY hope this comes to BBC America!

  3. Camoren Jennings
    December 8, 2010 at 3:59 pm — Reply

    It’s on BBC4… don’t get your hopes up, it’s where they dump the rubbish..

    • hectorbustnuts
      December 8, 2010 at 7:37 pm — Reply

      It’s still the BBC. I trust them more than if a US network was producing it.

  4. Randallw
    December 8, 2010 at 7:13 pm — Reply

    I always imagined a more film noir looking type Dirk. Sort of like a cynical David Tennant with a hat.

  5. @lantis
    December 9, 2010 at 4:47 am — Reply

    Looks fun and a little absurd. Should have a nice Douglas Adams feel to it, but if it is a television show it will inevitably stray from the source material by a large margin so be prepared for that.

  6. Schafe
    December 9, 2010 at 5:39 am — Reply

    I presume that BBC 4 is where they dump the rubbish comment is sarcastic in note.

    I think they did stuff it up though, I just don’t think the actor portraying Dirk is going to portray him right. Where is the aura of mystery and misdirection? Dirk is funny yeah but I don’t think any Adams character deserves to be played for laughs by a mundane run of the mill comic actor, they all have a bit more to them.

    The Electronic Monk best be in it as well.

  7. Everan
    December 9, 2010 at 6:53 am — Reply

    I may remember it wrong, but wasn’t Dirk a fat guy?

  8. Camoren Jennings
    December 9, 2010 at 1:42 pm — Reply

    I was being very serious about it. One of the programmes on there tonight is called… The Beauty of Diagrams.

    If they wanted this to have a chance they’d have put it on BBC 3 at the very least. (where shows such as Torchwood got thier start)

    Though they are also running it at the same time on BBC HD (Thursday 16th December at 21:00 GMT), for those of you who have access to it.

    The actor is an interesting choice, he was in a show called the green wing (sort of like scrubs, but not very funny, so.. just like scrubs :p )

    I’ll certainly watch it and I hope it is a good apdaptation. But a BBC 4 release suggests a certain lack of confidence on the part of the BBC execs.

    • hectorbustnuts
      December 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm — Reply

      Really? You’re dissing “The Beauty of Diagrams”?

      A show that follows great moments of scientific progress through the original diagrams and illustrations that explain the theories?

      Do you like Uwe Boll movies?

  9. Schafe
    December 10, 2010 at 4:34 am — Reply

    BBC 4 does high culture, decent programming, not everything is my cup of tea but who likes documentaries on all subjects? BBC 4 did the drama series about Acorn computers which was cool and decent. I don’t think Beeb4 has done a bad drama series, which is perhaps understandable as it has a really small budget for making shows.

  10. Damascus
    March 6, 2011 at 3:17 pm — Reply

    I just watched the preview and having no prior knowledge of the source material, I have no idea what that show is supposed to be about. Something about coincidences not really being coincidental, I guess, but other than that it made zero sense to me.

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