BBC America has discovered the secret behind the success of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, ordering a second season of the series that stars Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett.
The news comes as the cable channel prepares for the first season finale of Dirk Gently on Dec. 10.
BBCA president Sarah Barnett said in a release that the series from Max Landis is “outlandishly different.”
“Dirk Gently has hit a sweet spot with BBCA fans. With Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett’s chemistry as oddball detective/sidekick duo, and our creators promising ever greater genius-weird cosmic mystery in the next case, we’re happy to announce more of this truly original and entertaining show.”
The series is based on two novels from the late Douglas Adams in the 1980s – one with the same name as the series, and the other a sequel known as The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. Adams, of course, is best known for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a cult favorite that was turned into a movie in 2005.
Adams, who died in 2001, also was a television writer, working on series like the classic Doctor Who.
This actually isn’t the first time BBC had put together such a show. The first attempt came through iTV’s production shingle for BBC Four that starred Stephen Mangan in the title role in 2012. Only three episodes were produced as the series became a victim of a new network policy to focus on acquiring imported shows for BBC Four rather than create their own.
The current series was developed by Max Landis, son of An American Werewolf in London director John Landis. The younger Landis made waves with his 2012 film Chronicle that introduced the world to actors Dane DeHaan and Michael B. Jordan.
Landis also is busy at work on a remake of An American Werewolf, planned for next year or 2018.
The series started to air just before Halloween on BBC America, appearing Saturdays through Dec. 10. Once the final episode is broadcast, Netflix will make all eight installments available on its streaming service around the rest of the world.
Dirk Gently is set in the unexpected world of the “hyper, absurd, eponymous” detective Dirk Gently, played by Barnett, according to a release. It’s a serialized comedic thriller that follows the bizarre adventures of an eccentric “holistic” detective and his reluctant assistant Todd, played by Wood.
They “wend their way through one big, seemingly insane mystery of a season, crossing unlikely paths with a bevy of wild and sometimes dangerous episodes,” according to a release. Each episode lands them a few random steps close to uncovering the truth.
The renewal increases the Dirk Gently order from eight episodes to 10, and also is expected to feature the return of executive producer and showrunner Robert Cooper, best known for his work on the Stargate television series.
BBC America also is gearing up for its Doctor Who Christmas special on Dec. 25, as well as the debut of the popular British series Planet Earth II in January.
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