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Dirk Gently: Two BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramas

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
Written by: Douglas Adams
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
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The complete BBC Radio collection bringing together two full-cast dramatisations of Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently novels.

In Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Dirk Gently has an unshakable belief in the interconnectedness of all things, but his Holistic Detective Agency mainly succeeds in tracking down missing cats for old ladies. Then Dirk stumbles upon an old friend behaving bizarrely - and he's drawn into a four-billion-year-old mystery that must be solved if the human race is to avoid immediate extinction.

In The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul Harry Enfield exuberantly returns as Dirk Gently, who, fallen on hard times and dressed as a gypsy woman, is using his irritatingly accurate clairvoyant powers to read palms. He is saved when a frantic client turns up with a ludicrous story about being stalked by a goblin waving a contract accompanied by a hairy, green-eyed, scythe-wielding monster. When Detective Superintendent Gilks decides a headless body found in a sealed room is the result of a particularly irritating suicide, Dirk is plunged into a mystery where the interconnectedness of all things is tested to the limit.

Starring Harry Enfield as Dirk Gently along with Billy Boyd, Olivia Coleman, Andrew Sachs and Jim Carter. Guest stars include Peter Davison (Doctor Who), Jan Ravens (Dead Ringers), Philip Jackson (Poirot), John Fortune (Bremner, Bird & Fortune), Morwenna Banks (Absolutely) and Stephen Moore (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy).

©2019 Douglas Adams (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd
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  • Lani
  • 20-12-19

Brilliantly Executed!

Pleasantly surprised by narrative, folded into the dialogue. Most entertaining arrangement. Adams would have approved!

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  • Tony Arduini
  • 29-06-20

Loved it

Good for listening in the car. Got hooked and finished on the couch. Ran out of drive time. Couldn’t wait to finish. Well played👏

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  • Spacey
  • 10-06-20

Several Liberties Taken

Mostly enjoyable. Fans will recognize the unnecessary changes and added relationships/plot elements in LDTotS, though.

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  • mrs andrea downer
  • 24-02-20

A delightful story marred by bad digital audio

The story is great, the cast do a superb job of bringing all sorts of life to the strange characters and situations you expect from Douglas Adams. However, the whole thing is made difficult to listen to because of bad digital artifacts in the audio compression. This title really needs to be remastered.

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  • Che
  • 07-05-20

Very poor audio quality. (potato)

What a shame.

Audible have ruined this great dramatisation with some of the worst sound quality I've ever heard.

So disappointed.

Will try to refund and buy the orginal CD. Burn a copy and send it to Audible. 😉

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  • 28-12-19

...it's the Bogs Dollocks!

Adams himself would have loved this dramatisation. Great cameo references to H2G2, as a special appearance of Marvin.

If in doubt, buy this, buy it now, love it like a child...

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  • Benobeone
  • 02-06-20

Excellent Radio play.

Great radio play lovingly produced and a true homage to the original Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy Radio show.
If you are a purist and find any deviation from the text to be an affront then its probably not for you but I loved it and found the updates harmonic. Great performances, fun wacky story, good, clean fun. my only bugbear is I wish you had the option to play it through as one program rather then with credits every hour or so but then this is easily skipped through and where else can you hear an Oscar winning actress playing a vending machine.

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  • J. Lougheed
  • 24-04-20

Rather disappointing

Wasn't expecting to have crossover with Hitch- hikers house to the galaxy. Disappointing to have rerun of HHGTTG jokes.
Kept losing the plot, when I restarted it seemed like I'd jumped ahead a long way.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-03-20

Don't panic, it's great fun

Two plays based on the two books by Adams. These are great fun. Enfield is a fun Dirk Gently. Lots of in-jokez related to Adams work. Laughed and loved it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-01-20

excellent

Fantastic book, I am a big fan of Douglas Adams and often disapointed by adaptations of his work. This is is done perfectly.