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  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
  • The Long Dark Tea Time Of The Soul by Douglas Adams
An image of Dirk Maggs.

From 11:00pm, October 2nd 2008

Harry Enfield returns to BBC Radio 4 for the second series featuring Douglas Adams' quirky and enigmatic Holistic Detective, Dirk Gently. This time he's pitted against a sinister team headed by the Fifth Doctor Who - Peter Davison - as Simon Draycott and Jan Ravens (Dead Ringers) as his wife Cynthia.

Dirk has fallen on hard times and when a frantic client claims he is being stalked by a goblin and a hairy, green-eyed, scythe-wielding monster, things have hit rock bottom. He is forced to desperate measures - reading palms in a tent, dressed as an old gypsy woman.

But when Detective Superintendent Gilks (Jim Carter, The Golden Compass) decides the headless body of Dirk's client is the result of a particularly irritating suicide, Dirk is plunged into a mystery where the interconnectness of all things is tested to the limit.

Odin, Father Of The Norse Gods (Stephen Moore, Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy) signs away his powers for 24-hour nursing care under the strange Dr Standish (John Fortune, Bremner Bird & Fortune). A Nurse who treats eagle wounds (Morwenna Banks, Absolutely) without anaesthetic. Dirk's old friend Richard Macduff (Billy Boyd, Lord Of The Rings) finds himself working for a sinister new employer. A canned drinks machine claims to be Dirk's ex-secretary (Olivia Colman, Peep Show). And an American journalist (Laurel Lefkow, Douglas Adams' Starship Titanic) finds herself being stalked by Thor The God Of Thunder (Rupert Degas, The Brightonomicon).

This is the second six-part series from Above the Title Productions based on the Dirk Gently novels. The executive producer is Sioned Wiliam. The producer is Jo Wheeler.

The director is Dirk Maggs, originally chosen by Douglas Adams to adapt and direct the award-winning radio conclusion to The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy.

The series begins on BBC Radio 4 at 6.30pm on Thursday 2nd October and will be released in extended form on CD and online from BBC Audiobooks in November.

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