Dirk Gently cancelled by the BBC

News Louisa Mellor 28 May 2012 - 16:20

It ran for a pilot and three episodes, but the BBC’s Dirk Gently adaptation is no more, Stephen Mangan confirms on Twitter

"It gives me no pleasure whatsoever to report that the BBC have decided not to make any more Dirk Gently.” That was the short and simple message Stephen Mangan sent out to his Twitter followers two hours ago, following the show’s cancellation after a pilot and a three-episode series.

While the short series wasn’t without its problems, the combination of a great central cast (led by Stephen Mangan and Darren Boyd) with Douglas Adams’ eccentric humour made it hugely watchable, and well deserved of a second go on the telly carousel. The cancellation is presumably to do with the ratings drop-off as the series went on, as well as recent stringent budget cuts made to the channel's drama and comedy output.

We’ll be adding this one to our grumble list, just underneath BBC Three’s cancellation of BAFTA-winning show The Fades. You can read what we thought of the recent three-part series, here.

Series creator Howard Overman, who's recently been in the US working on the American remake of his hit E4 show, Misfits, has yet to comment.

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