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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Makes Its Way to Vinyl

The first radio series of the hilarious Douglas Adams story, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency will be released on vinyl later this year. Sadly, it won’t be ready for Towel Day – that is, 23rd May – but you’ll be able to enjoy it from 17th July 2020.

‘Let’s think the unthinkable, let’s do the undoable.’

Presented in triple gatefold vinyl, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency stars Harry Enfield (Ruddy Hell! It’s Harry and Paul) as the titular detective and Olivia Colman (The Eleventh Hour; Broadchurch) as Janice in this full-cast dramatisation, as originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2007. Adams’ original books are adapted and directed by Dirk Maggs, acclaimed for his dramatisations of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Good Omens, Neverwhere, and many others.

Here’s the synopsis:

Dirk Gently has an unshakeable faith in the interconnectedness of all things. His Holistic Detective Agency mainly succeeds in tracking down missing cats – until he becomes embroiled in a supernatural case that will test his belief to the limits. When an old friend starts behaving strangely, Dirk is drawn into a murder investigation involving quantum physics, an Electric Monk, and an ancient mystery that must be solved if the human race is to avoid immediate extinction.

The drama also stars Billy Boyd as Richard MacDuff, Andrew Sachs as Professor ‘Reg’ Chronotis, Jim Carter as Detective Sergeant Gilks, Michael Fenton Stevens as Michael Wenton Weeks, Toby Longworth as the Electric Monk, Robert Duncan as Gordon Way and Felicity Montagu as Susan Way, with a guest cast including Jeffrey Holland, Wayne Forester, Philip Pope, Tamsin Heatly, Jon Glover and Andy Secombe, and music by Philip Pope.

The release is pressed on 3 x 140g coloured vinyl – in Holistic Red, Yellow, and Blue – are presented in an illustrated triple gatefold sleeve, with exclusive sleeve note by Dirk Maggs.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is released on vinyl on 17th July 2020.

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Makes Its Way to Vinyl

by Philip Bates time to read: 1 min
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