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  • Series 2 Episode 1

In Episode 1 Dirk Gently loses a secretary and Odin sells his soul.

Dirk Gently's secretary Janice Pearce finally resigns because her pay is hopelessly in arrears. Then his first client in months claims he is being followed on the bus by a hairy, green-eyed, scythe-wielding monster. Faced with such unreasonable and deluded people, Dirk realises it is time to get some normality into his life - and some income. So he takes up reading palms in a tent in a pub beer garden, dressed as an old gypsy woman.

But this is nothing compared to the fate of Odin, Ancient Father of the Norse Gods - no longer worshipped by millions but ignored and left destitute. Persuaded by the unsavoury goblin Toe Rag to trade his immortality for the comforts of a warm bed and 24-hour nursing care, Odin has fallen into the hands of an unscrupulous advertising executive and her husband, Simon and Cynthia Draycott.

Odin's son Thor is desperately looks for a way to save his inheritance, but an attempt to fly to Norway by hammer has resulted in an unfortunate encounter with a pair of RAF jets, scrambled to pursue this large hairy UFO. As only one jet returns home - and a strangely marked eagle soars on a thermal over Sheringham - Thor tries another route to Norway - British Airways.

At Heathrow Terminal 5 Thor meets Kate Schechter, an American journalist who attempts to help him get on a flight but is thwarted both by the Check-In girl - one Janice Pearce in her new job - and the fact that Thor has no passport. The check-in desk explodes as the God Of Thunder loses his temper.

Whilst Dirk reads palms in drag, the client with monster problems is in grave danger - and Janice is about to spend a significant period of her life under a godlike curse as a vending machine. Finally, as Dirk leaves only 5 hours late for his appointment with a client whose life expectancy may not have included the last 4 hours and 59 minutes, the cleaning lady, Elena must deal with his fridge - a fridge so disgusting that it has ceased simply to stand in a corner of Dirk's kitchen but has now begun to actually Lurk.

Episode One - broadcast at 11.00pm on 2nd October 2008

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