Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency opens for business on Radio 4
Douglas Adams' much-loved detective, the enigmatic Dirk Gently, will be make his UK broadcast debut on BBC Radio 4 this October.
Featuring a star-studded cast with Harry Enfield in the lead role, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency will be produced by the same award-winning team that made the conclusion to The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.
Harry is joined by Lord of the Rings actor Billy Boyd, Fawlty Towers' Andrew Sachs, The Golden Compass' Jim Carter and Peepshow's Olivia Colman.
Dirk Gently has an unshakeable belief in the interconnectedness of all things but his Holistic Detective Agency's only success seems to be tracking down missing cats for old ladies.
Then Dirk stumbles upon an old friend behaving bizarrely, and he is drawn into a four billion-year-old mystery that must be solved if the human race is to avoid immediate extinction.
This first series of six 30-minute episodes is adapted from the book of the same name and directed by Dirk Maggs, himself chosen by Douglas Adams to conclude the Hitchhiker's saga.
The cast includes Billy Boyd as Dirk's client Richard Macduff; Olivia Colman as Dirk's secretary Janice Pearce; Jim Carter as Dirk's nemesis DS Gilks; Andrew Sachs as Professor Reg Chronotis; Felicity Montagu (I'm Alan Partridge) as Susan Way, with Robert Duncan (Drop The Dead Donkey) as her brother Gordon; Toby Longworth (Star Wars) as the Electric Monk; and Michael Fenton Stevens (Nighty Night) as Michael Wenton Weakes.
Guest appearances are made by Andrew Secombe (Star Wars); Jon Glover (Harry Enfield And Chums); Jeffrey Holland (Hi-De-Hi); Wayne Forester (Captain Scarlet) and Tamsin Heatley (Broken Sword).
Considered by many Adams fans to be as funny as, if darker than, Hitchhiker's, the Dirk Gently novels reflect Douglas's unique and funny take on matters as wide-ranging as consciousness, conservation, man's place in the cosmos and crime.
The first series features everything from quantum physics to missing cats, via Coleridge, Bach and an Electric Monk.
The cast and production team feature many old friends and colleagues of Douglas, including music composer Philip Pope.
The production team, from Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential Phases is led by Executive Producer Helen Chattwell and the Producers are Jo Wheeler and Dirk Maggs.
The series begins in October 2007 and will also have its own dedicated webpages on bbc.co.uk/radio4/dirkgently featuring trailers, photographs, production diaries, video and competitions. Programmes will also be available on Radio 4's listen again service.