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"Paradoxes are just the scar tissue"

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | August 30, 2010 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | August 30, 2010 |

Douglas Adams is of course best known for his Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, and to a lesser degree his work on “Doctor Who.” He had a second series of novels that tend to be a litmus test for just how much of a sci-fi geek you are. If you’ve read the Dirk Gently novels, then you are a real sci-fi geek. You get a medal and everything.

Described on the first novel’s cover as a “thumping good detective-ghost-horror-who dunnit-time travel-romantic-musical-comedy-epic,” Dirk Gently is one of those novels that defies classification because it really fits in just about every category. It features time travel, aliens, a detective searching for a missing cat, and the explanation for the interruption of Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan.”

Well, the BBC has announced that they will be making a one shot pilot of Dirk Gently, which means that they’re not planning on any more episodes, but technically the option is available. The BBC works a bit differently than American networks when it comes to pilots. Basically, if they make a pilot, they air it. None of this whole thing where pilots only get seen by the network, and then if picked up get remade into the first episode of the series with a higher budget. Sometimes, when a show gets picked up all new actors are used since the originals were only on contract for the pilot (which is why the pilot for “Being Human” has different actors than the rest of the series).

The episode will be 60 minutes and is being written by Howard Overman, of Misfits fame. It is expected to air this coming winter.

(source: Bleeding Cool)

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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