• Dirk Gently

  • The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (Dramatised)
  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Harry Enfield
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 11-15-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
  • 4.3 (368 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Harry Enfield stars once again in a brand new full-cast dramatisation of Douglas Adams's second Dirk Gently novel, directed by the award-winning Dirk Maggs 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... This is the second of three series adapted from the Dirk Gently books, directed by Dirk Maggs (chosen by Douglas Adams to conclude the award-winning Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy). Guest stars include Peter Davison (Doctor Who), Jan Ravens (Dead Ringers), Philip Jackson (Poirot), John Fortune (Bremner, Bird & Fortune), Morwenna Banks (Absolutely), Stephen Moore (The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy) and returning cast members Olivia Colman (Peep Show), Jim Carter (The Golden Compass) and Billy Boyd (The Lord Of The Rings). This release contains over 30 minutes of additional unbroadcast material.
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By Ann on 02-24-11

Clever, Creative, Engaging and Imaginative.

A tale with enough wit and plot twists to give the mind's eye a colorful story to visualize. Intelligent details. Captivating dialog, with enough respect for the reader to avoid polluting the text with profanity. Delightful storytelling. An author that dances with the intellect of his audience. An under appreciated style of humor. I hope to discover another similarly brilliant author. Thank you , Mrs. Ann H.

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By Bryan J. Peterson on 09-25-12

A laugh a minute.

I was glad to hear of the BBC's adaptations of the Dirk Gently novels. After listening to and being thoroughly impressed with their handling of holistic Detective Agency I took a listen to the sequel, Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul. Again I found myself laughing so hard I was surprised when I didn't pee my pants. They made some changes to the story to bring it into the modern age, and while I generally hate it when people make such changes, it worked surprisingly well here. It helped that they picked an excellent cast for these whacky characters.
It all started while Kate Schechter was waiting to catch a plane to Norway. Already running late as it was, she's delayed even more by a big, angry Nordic man who also wants to catch the flight but is prevented from doing so by is lack of a credt card, bank account, passport or any kind of identification. Any chance of either of them making the flight is irrevocably lost when the check-in desk suddenly shoots up through the ceiling engulfed in a ball of orange flame.
Meanwhile, holistic investigator Dirk Gently is forced by poverty to make ends meet by putting his frustratingly accurate powers of clairvoyance to use as a cross dressing fortune teller. Things get hectic when Dirk is retained by a rich record company executive who claims to be pursued by a gobblin waiving a contract signed in blood and a giant, hairy green-eyed monster with a sythe. Though initially skeptical of this excentric's story, Dirk begins to take it seriously when he arrives several hours late for an appointment with his client only to find him brutally decapitated with his head sitting squarely in the center of his record player's turntable, which happens to be playing a copy of a record he helped get released. As Dirk digs deeper he discovers shocking truthes behind his client's murder, truthes that may even have a bearing on the bizarre incident at the airport as well as the disappearance of the girl working at the exploded check-in desk and a fighter pilot who went missing during a mission over the North Sea.
All in all this is an excellent adaptation well worth adding to your library, particularly if you like British humor. And despite his absence from the actual novel I actually liked how they brought Richard MacDuf back for this presentation since it gives a bit more of a sense of continuity. I also got to wondering if the Kate from the original novel of Holistic Detective Agency is the same Kate who features prominently in this presentation, now carrying a different name. If you havent given this a listen yet I wholeheartedly recommend it. You might just be in for a good time.

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By mark on 09-02-15

Douglas Adams at his best

Just as funny as hitchhikers guide...and as well performed with the a list cast it has. Comedy gold and utterly bonkers

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By Lee Grant on 09-24-11

Maggs works his magic on Dirk

If you loved the first Dirk Gently novel then you'll adore this one as I believe it is even better.

The cast is strong and the direction is beautifully adapted to make the very complex tale both easy to follow and twisted enough to hide the surprises.

Once again Harry Enfield's Dirk is magnificent but I particularly love Olivia Coleman's angry drinks machine.

It has all the buff and polish that you'd expect of a Dirk Maggs production and could certainly hold its own next to the more popular Hitchhikers series.

Brilliant!

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By Christopher on 10-04-16

Not the Douglas Adams Narration

This is a radio play version, not the original Douglas Adams narration. you really only get the dialogue and miss out on all of the subtext. Avoid

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