First trailer from Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency series

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We've been dying to see our first glimpse of BBC Four's new one-hour show, based on the Douglas Adams' clever Dirk Gently holistic detective novels. Wait no more — the first trailer has arrived!

While Dirk Gently's cases are always complicated, the drama itself is fairly simple, according to BBC Four's synopsis:

Stephen Mangan will play Douglas Adams' eccentric detective Dirk Gently in a new BBC Four drama based on the author's cult novel, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

He is joined by Darren Boyd as his unwitting sidekick Richard Macduff and Helen Baxendale as Richard's girlfriend Susan in the adaptation by Bafta-winning Howard Overman.

Anti-hero Dirk Gently operates his eponymous detective agency based on the fundamental interconnectedness of all things. Perpetually broke, hopelessly chaotic and utterly infuriating, most people suspect Dirk is nothing more than a cheap conman. And they might be right – but nevertheless his methods, though unusual, do often produce surprising results.

When Dirk sets out to solve an apparently simple and harmless disappearance of a cat from an old lady's house, he unwittingly uncovers a double murder which, in turn, leads to a host of even more extraordinary events.

The creator of Misfits and Vexed, Howard Overman, penned the script. And from what we can see in the trailer, it's got the fast-paced British wit that we adored from the source material. No air date has been set just yet, but we're already quite ready to unravel the mysteries of the cosmos, and that missing cat, with Dirk.

[via Blastr]

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I'm just going to throw this out there and prepare for the stoning...

I preferred the Dirk Gently books to the Hitchhiker books.

There *phew* I said it.

Not to say I didn't like Hitchhiker books at all, I just liked the dirk gently books better.