Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, a wacky dramedy based on novels by Douglas Adams (you might know him from A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) is coming to BBC America this October. The eight-part series will focus on the escapades of a bumbling detective–the titular Gently, played by Samuel Barnett–and his skeptical assistant, Todd (Elijah Wood). According to BBC America’s official synopsis for the show, each episode will land the unlikely duo “a few random steps closer to uncovering the truth.”
The network has been gearing up to promote the show’s premier since it released its first official trailer during San Diego Comic-Con this year. That trailer offers us a look into the hilarious dynamic between Todd and Gently, as well as some of the action fans can look forward to from the lively show. And if you were intrigued by the longer trailer, you’ll be delighted to see this new teaser for the show, which emphasizes the show’s#EVERYTHINGISCONNECTED campaign. Watch it, above.
This new teaser is both heart-pounding and funny. Things start off pretty standard, for a detective show–Cops! Killer! Corpse!–then quickly crescendo into weirdness. Kitten? Cult?? Pararibulitis??? We’ll help you out a little–that last one is a fake disease invented by executive producer Max Landis (Chronicle), and Todd’s younger sister, Amanda (Hannah Marks) has it. Though this teaser raises many questions, one thing is clear: this show will probably be as weird and darkly funny as it promises. Which is good, because a lot of important TV execs have a hand in its creation, from Netflix to AMC Studios.
Luckily, the creative team behind Dirk Gently is certainly no stranger to dark humor. Besides being based on source material by Douglas Adams, the show is backed by people who’ve had a hand in some of TV’s most dramatic and inventive series to date, like executive producer Robert Cooper (Stargate) and producer David Alpert (The Walking Dead). Actor Elijah Wood also had plenty of time to flex his weird funny bone in FX’s Wilfred, a cult favorite in which he played a depressed guy who suddenly sees his dog as a man in a suit.
With such a strong production team, and with BBC America bringing us such hits as Doctor Who and Orphan Black, it’s likely Dirk Gently is worth the hype. But at the same time, Dirk Gently may be a risky project. It’s entirely possible the humor will be too niche, or the plot too convoluted; though spreading it out over eight episodes may be the key to prevent such confusion. In the end, all hopeful fans can do is sit back, wait for October 22nd, and take in more clever marketing campaigns. (Because, seriously, what’s up with the corgi? And who’s Ken?)
Clever marketing will continue play a big part in this show’s premiere, as BBC America has planned to lead up to Dirk Gently‘s debut with a slew of fan-friendly programming. “We hope BBCA fans will enjoy our eclectic, energetic, supernatural-ish fall,” said BBC America President Sarah Barnett in a statement. The network’s plans include launching a 50th anniversary marathon of the original Star Trek TV show, which will run from Thursday, September 8, to Sunday, September 11. The network will also air AMC’s Into the Badlands and Humans, as well as reruns of Sherlock on Saturdays leading up to the Dirk Gently premiere. Fans of drama, comedy, and just the right amount of absurd sci-fi have a lot to look forward to this fall.
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency premiers October 22nd at 9 p.m. EST on BBC America.
Source: BBC America