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Title: Dirk Gently BBC TV
Post by: Kilman on December 15, 2010, 02:42:36 AM
BBC is running a TV version of Dirk Gently starting Dec 16th, but it is on BBC Four & BBC HD, which unfortunately I don't get.  I think they are not offered in the US.  I am not even allowed to view the 2 minute preview - I get "Not available in your area"

Anyway, if anyone figures out how we can watch this, let us know.
Title: Re: Dirk Gently BBC TV
Post by: Teatime on February 16, 2011, 04:10:41 PM
Keep an eye on Netflix. It's not there yet. They have the old Hitchhiker's Guide on there, though.
Title: Re: Dirk Gently BBC TV
Post by: Teatime on February 16, 2011, 04:14:10 PM
 :D The Dirk Trailer on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBOl1OW7nnM

Title: Re: Dirk Gently BBC TV
Post by: Grate Oracle Lewot on February 16, 2011, 07:42:02 PM
Hmm, it could turn out to be rather good. I wish we could actually get it somehow.
Title: Re: Dirk Gently BBC TV
Post by: Teatime on February 16, 2011, 08:54:25 PM
I found clips, such as this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HliDPdtunls&feature=related
on youtube.
Title: Re: Dirk Gently BBC TV
Post by: Kilman on February 17, 2011, 07:24:22 AM
Thanks, I explored a little from there and apparently the whole one hour show is available on youtube (at least for the moment). 

Part 1 (11:41)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWChgTIEGUw&feature=related

Part 2 (11:42)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8FexBfpqyI&NR=1

Part 3 (11:43)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riLKSVR2Wak&NR=1

Part 4 (11:38)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsUstPyzXmw&NR=1

Part 5 (11:49)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cxp422iFiA&NR=1&feature=fvwp

I did find it entertaining, however be warned, it bears little resemblance to the book.
Title: Re: Dirk Gently BBC TV
Post by: FallingWhale on June 26, 2011, 03:57:29 AM
Ahh! The links say it was taken down. If anyone else knows how to find it, I'd still like to watch. Maybe after enough time it will make it Netflix. . .
Title: Re: Dirk Gently BBC TV
Post by: Teatime on June 26, 2011, 06:09:45 PM
I can't find it anywhere. I wonder if there's a way to suggest films to Netflix. If there is, I can't figure it out. I don't know when it'll be on DVD. I can't find it on Amazon.
Title: Re: Dirk Gently BBC TV
Post by: Kilman on June 26, 2011, 08:38:33 PM
OK, I did some holistic detectivising (or whatever) and found this:

http://www.56.com/u27/v_NTc3NDYzMjA.html (http://www.56.com/u27/v_NTc3NDYzMjA.html)

It's the whole show all in one shot (about an hour) with chinese (?) subtitles for those of us who don't understand English.
Title: Re: Dirk Gently BBC TV
Post by: Teatime on June 26, 2011, 08:56:27 PM
Yay! It's like Asian YouTube. That works for me.
Title: Re: Dirk Gently BBC TV
Post by: FallingWhale on June 27, 2011, 05:10:19 AM
Well, he didn't look at all like the Dirk in my mind, and there were only a few small parallels to the book, but I still enjoyed that a lot. Thanks for finding it!
Title: Re: Dirk Gently BBC TV
Post by: Kilman on June 28, 2011, 08:10:29 PM
Yes, not really so much an adaptation of the book, just some of the concepts.  But it is done with a good sense of humor so I enjoyed it.  Supposedly there will be at least two more episodes, but I don't know when.
Title: Re: Dirk Gently BBC TV
Post by: Kilman on May 01, 2012, 03:34:48 AM
Treat Time!  :D

BBC ran 3 more episodes in the Dirk Gently series.

I have found all, plus the original pilot discussed above (carefully disguised for reason's we won't discuss), and you don’t even need to use “Asian Youtube”.

The pilot episode (the one most of us have already seen)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0oXJ0Ocjr8&feature=relmfu

Ep 1
Dirk discovers the connection between two unrelated cases.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYwPdshHoU4

Ep 2
Dirk and Macduff protect a humanoid robot and become the prime suspects in a murder case.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWAK3EF9XuQ&feature=related

Ep 3
Some of Dirk's old clients are being randomly murdered, with Dirk as the only link.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeVVrrSXg3k&feature=relmfu

As mentioned, I found the first one (pilot) entertaining despite it having little to do with the book.  I have not watched these yet, but hope they are equally entertaining.

enjoy  :D
Title: Re: Dirk Gently BBC TV
Post by: Kilman on May 01, 2012, 06:26:55 AM
I watched episode 1 - good stuff
Title: Re: Dirk Gently BBC TV
Post by: Teatime on May 02, 2012, 09:22:23 PM
Cool. I can't wait to watch it. :)
Title: Re: Dirk Gently BBC TV
Post by: Teatime on May 11, 2012, 05:02:35 PM
The Brisbane Times did an article on the TV show.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/entertainment/blogs/3screens/dirk-gently-and-the-wacky-detective-20120511-1yglx.html (http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/entertainment/blogs/3screens/dirk-gently-and-the-wacky-detective-20120511-1yglx.html)
Title: Re: Dirk Gently BBC TV
Post by: Kilman on May 12, 2012, 01:27:50 AM
Seems they did not like it much.  Oh well, I enjoyed them (at least the two I have watched).  And how does Australia rate in getting to watch these when we can't without digging through mislabeled youtube vids?
Title: Re: Dirk Gently BBC TV
Post by: Kilman on June 13, 2012, 07:34:42 AM
I just watched episode 2 (the third episode if you count the pilot) and I was rather disappointed.  The criticism of the Brisbane Times is closer to the mark on this one.  It was more or less like other detective shows.  I also agree that it was "not actually bad." 

My first instinct (15 minutes into the show) was that they used a completely different script writer.  And just a second ago, after I wrote that sentence, I verified my suspicion.  Howard Overman wrote the first two (pilot & ep 1).  Matt Jones wrote Episode 2.

So what is wrong with episode 2?  A lack of focus on humor.  Too much focus on the mystery, sentimentality and character development.  All in all, it was entertaining, but not particularly funny.

I still have hopes for Episode 3.  It was written by yet another person (Jamie Mathieson), so who knows.  Whatever the case, it sounds like there will be no more.  While looking up the script writers, I found this quote, "It gives me no pleasure whatsoever to report that the BBC have decided not to make any more Dirk Gently."  While they could always change thier minds, at the moment, it looks like all we will get is these 4 episodes.
Title: Re: Dirk Gently BBC TV
Post by: Teatime on June 13, 2012, 09:26:46 PM
That's too bad.  :-\
Title: Re: Dirk Gently BBC TV
Post by: Kilman on June 24, 2013, 12:40:04 AM
Someone at Amazing Stories mentioned that their local PBS station will be airing the Dirk Gently shows in July.  I did a quick search and it does appear that some PBS stations will air it, and some already started in the last few weeks.  No mention about it yet at my local PBS.  Just an FYI so you can keep your eyes peeled.