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"Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all"

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | December 9, 2010 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | December 9, 2010 |

We reported back in the dim days of August that BBC would be making a one shot pilot of an adaptation of Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently novels. A one shot pilot means that they are only making the pilot, but will air it for everyone to see. It’s possible that they’ll make a series if it’s very well received, but they’re not planning on it initially. It’s sort of like a one night stand in which you actually do sort of like the other individual. Oh, it is indeed happening, and there are no plans for a second date, but last names and phone numbers are actually noted down, just on the off chance that it might become a mutually agreed upon series of events. I’m sure that there are a plethora of adaptations of this metaphor to support such nuance as “mini-series,” “commercial breaks,” and “horror musical,” but I’ll leave that to the experts in the comments.

In any case, here’s the trailer, which looks fantastic. It’s exceptionally brief, only a teaser (and how does that work into the metaphor, I wonder) and positively oozes a “Doctor Who” vibe, although I did always picture Gently as older and frankly a bit portly.

Additionally, here’s a nice publicity shot of the cast, in Gently’s office (click to embiggen):


(source: Blastr)

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