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[[redirect:Literature/DirkGently]]''Dirk Gently'' may refer to:

* ''Literature/DirkGently'', a series of humourous novels by Creator/DouglasAdams.
* ''Series/DirkGently'', a BBC TV series inspired by the novels.
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26th Mar '13 1:41:58 AM Xtifr
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''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' and ''Literature/TheLongDarkTeaTimeOfTheSoul'' are the two books written by DouglasAdams (of ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' fame) starring the character Dirk Gently. A third novel under the working title ''TheSalmonOfDoubt'' was in the works, but its publication was prevented by [[AuthorExistenceFailure Adams' death]].

Dirk is a small-scale con artist whose latest scheme is working as a "Holistic Detective", who believes in the "fundamental interconnectedness of all things" and how that means that ''anything'' might prove useful in solving the ''whole'' cases of his clients -- which, the way he sees it, means that he can do anything he likes, even take a three-week tropical vacation, and still charge it to the client as an expense. Of course, by FinaglesLaw, ''somehow'' every mundane little job he starts off working on in each novel is somehow actually connected to the main plot, and ''he's'' the one who has to solve everything.

Both books were adapted for [[TheBBC BBC radio]] in 2007, starring Harry Enfield as Dirk. An ongoing BBC TV adaptation, ''Series/DirkGently'', stars [[GreenWing Stephen Mangan]].
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!!Individual entries:

* ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency''
* ''Literature/TheLongDarkTeaTimeOfTheSoul''
* ''TheSalmonOfDoubt''

!!This series as a whole provides examples of:
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* AuthorExistenceFailure: Midway through the writing of the third book. After Adams's death, parts of the unfinished manuscript were published along with various other writings extracted from his Macintosh in ''TheSalmonOfDoubt''.
* BavarianFireDrill: Dirk's favorite way of getting places he shouldn't be.
* ChekhovsArmoury: Dirk isn't wrong--''everything'' that happens in these books is ultimately important. The ''Dirk Gently'' books embody this trope really because they are all about the interconnectedness of everything. Chekov's Armoury isn't just a device Adams used, it's what he based the whole book on.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Dirk's "holistic" philosophy of detection argues that ''anything'' that happens to him or his client is bound to have some relationship to the mystery at hand, no matter how remote the connection. Due to his LaserGuidedKarma (see below), this actually ''works'' for him, bringing this trope repeatedly into effect, often to his disgust.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Whatever Dirk claims to believe in order to extract cash from gullible people invariably turns out to really be true, but always in such a way that he looks bad, sometimes in such a way that he suffers physical or emotional trauma, and never in such a way that he gets the money.
* NotSoPhonyPsychic: As described above under LaserGuidedKarma; Dirk has twice [[PhonyPsychic posed as a psychic]], been uncannily right both times, and got arrested for it the first time. He now spends a lot of time insisting to people who were there that he's ''not'' psychic. Usually they don't believe him and his reputation from the ''first'' incident often precedes him.
* OccultDetective
* PerpetualPoverty: Dirk never seems to have much money -- a RunningGag in ''Holistic Detective Agency'' is his secretary quitting over not getting paid -- and most certainly never gets paid by ''his'' clients. He manages to stay in his office, flat, etc, through arranging the situation so that it would be more inconvenient to actually eject him or force him to pay than just let him be and hope that he'll pay some day.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: In response to the LaserGuidedKarma mentioned above, Dirk has also, on at least one occasion, stood outside, fist clenched at the sky, and screamed for life to stop screwing with him.
* ViewersAreGeniuses

!!Adaptations with their own trope page include:

* ''Series/DirkGently'' (BBC TV series)

!!Other adaptations of this series provide examples of:

* ShoutOut: The BBC radio adaptions of the novels re-use several sound effects from ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', and include a reference to the Sirius Cybernetic Corporation.

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''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' and ''Literature/TheLongDarkTeaTimeOfTheSoul'' are the two books written by DouglasAdams (of ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' fame) starring the character Dirk Gently. A third novel under the working title ''TheSalmonOfDoubt'' was in the works, but its publication was prevented by [[AuthorExistenceFailure Adams' death]].

Dirk is a small-scale con artist whose latest scheme is working as a "Holistic Detective", who believes in the "fundamental interconnectedness of all things" and how that means that ''anything'' might prove useful in solving the ''whole'' cases of his clients -- which, the way he sees it, means that he can do anything he likes, even take a three-week tropical vacation, and still charge it to the client as an expense. Of course, by FinaglesLaw, ''somehow'' every mundane little job he starts off working on in each novel is somehow actually connected to the main plot, and ''he's'' the one who has to solve everything.

Both books were adapted for [[TheBBC BBC radio]] in 2007, starring Harry Enfield as Dirk. An ongoing BBC TV adaptation, ''Series/DirkGently'', stars [[GreenWing Stephen Mangan]].
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!!Individual entries:

* ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency''
* ''Literature/TheLongDarkTeaTimeOfTheSoul''
* ''TheSalmonOfDoubt''

!!This series as a whole provides examples of:
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%% Please place YMMV material on the YMMV tab as indicated by
%% a red dot next to the entry in preview.
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* AuthorExistenceFailure: Midway through the writing of the third book. After Adams's death, parts of the unfinished manuscript were published along with various other writings extracted from his Macintosh in ''TheSalmonOfDoubt''.
* BavarianFireDrill: Dirk's favorite way of getting places he shouldn't be.
* ChekhovsArmoury: Dirk isn't wrong--''everything'' that happens in these books is ultimately important. The ''Dirk Gently'' books embody this trope really because they are all about the interconnectedness of everything. Chekov's Armoury isn't just a device Adams used, it's what he based the whole book on.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Dirk's "holistic" philosophy of detection argues that ''anything'' that happens to him or his client is bound to have some relationship to the mystery at hand, no matter how remote the connection. Due to his LaserGuidedKarma (see below), this actually ''works'' for him, bringing this trope repeatedly into effect, often to his disgust.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Whatever Dirk claims to believe in order to extract cash from gullible people invariably turns out to really be true, but always in such a way that he looks bad, sometimes in such a way that he suffers physical or emotional trauma, and never in such a way that he gets the money.
* NotSoPhonyPsychic: As described above under LaserGuidedKarma; Dirk has twice [[PhonyPsychic posed as a psychic]], been uncannily right both times, and got arrested for it the first time. He now spends a lot of time insisting to people who were there that he's ''not'' psychic. Usually they don't believe him and his reputation from the ''first'' incident often precedes him.
* OccultDetective
* PerpetualPoverty: Dirk never seems to have much money -- a RunningGag in ''Holistic Detective Agency'' is his secretary quitting over not getting paid -- and most certainly never gets paid by ''his'' clients. He manages to stay in his office, flat, etc, through arranging the situation so that it would be more inconvenient to actually eject him or force him to pay than just let him be and hope that he'll pay some day.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: In response to the LaserGuidedKarma mentioned above, Dirk has also, on at least one occasion, stood outside, fist clenched at the sky, and screamed for life to stop screwing with him.
* ViewersAreGeniuses

!!Adaptations with their own trope page include:

* ''Series/DirkGently'' (BBC TV series)

!!Other adaptations of this series provide examples of:

* ShoutOut: The BBC radio adaptions of the novels re-use several sound effects from ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', and include a reference to the Sirius Cybernetic Corporation.

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16th Mar '13 12:12:23 PM EarlOfSandvich
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''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' and ''Literature/TheLongDarkTeaTimeOfTheSoul'' are the two books written by DouglasAdams (of ''TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' fame) starring the character Dirk Gently. A third novel under the working title ''TheSalmonOfDoubt'' was in the works, but its publication was prevented by [[AuthorExistenceFailure Adams' death]].

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''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' and ''Literature/TheLongDarkTeaTimeOfTheSoul'' are the two books written by DouglasAdams (of ''TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' fame) starring the character Dirk Gently. A third novel under the working title ''TheSalmonOfDoubt'' was in the works, but its publication was prevented by [[AuthorExistenceFailure Adams' death]].



* ShoutOut: The BBC radio adaptions of the novels re-use several sound effects from ''TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', and include a reference to the Sirius Cybernetic Corporation.

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* ShoutOut: The BBC radio adaptions of the novels re-use several sound effects from ''TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', and include a reference to the Sirius Cybernetic Corporation.
16th Sep '12 11:54:18 AM SharleeD
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* ContrivedCoincidence: Dirk's "holistic" philosophy of detection argues that ''anything'' that happens to him or his client is bound to have some relationship to the mystery at hand, no matter how remote the connection. Due to his LaserGuidedKarma (see below), this actually ''works'' for him, no doubt to his disgust.

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* ContrivedCoincidence: Dirk's "holistic" philosophy of detection argues that ''anything'' that happens to him or his client is bound to have some relationship to the mystery at hand, no matter how remote the connection. Due to his LaserGuidedKarma (see below), this actually ''works'' for him, no doubt bringing this trope repeatedly into effect, often to his disgust.
16th Sep '12 11:53:06 AM SharleeD
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* ContrivedCoincidence: Dirk's "holistic" philosophy of detection argues that ''anything'' that happens to him or his client is bound to have some relationship to the mystery at hand, no matter how remote the connection. Due to his LaserGuidedKarma (see below), this actually ''works'' for him, no doubt to his disgust.
6th Jun '12 1:40:51 PM Catbert
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* TheIshmael: Richard in the first book is not actually the narrator but is probably the viewpoint character. In ''The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul'' Dirk is more properly the viewpoint character and the device is dropped.
31st May '12 7:40:40 AM CaitsMeow
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* NotSoPhonyPsychic: As described above under LaserGuidedKarma; Dirk has twice [[PhonyPsychic posed as a psychic]], been uncannily right both times, and got arrested for it the first time. He now spends a lot of time insisting to people who were there that he's ''not'' psychic. Usually they don't believe him and his reputation from the ''first'' incident often precedes him.



* PhonyPhonyPsychic: As described above under LaserGuidedKarma; Dirk has twice [[PhonyPsychic posed as a psychic]], been uncannily right both times, and got arrested for it the first time. He now spends a lot of time insisting to people who were there that he's ''not'' psychic. Usually they don't believe him and his reputation from the ''first'' incident often precedes him.
20th Mar '12 7:33:46 PM PaulA
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Both books were adapted for [[TheBBC BBC radio]] in 2007, starring Harry Enfield as Dirk. The first book was adapted (as ''Dirk Gently'') for a BBC television pilot in 2010, starring [[GreenWing Stephen Mangan]]; it has since been commissioned for a series, the first episode of which aired on March 5th 2012.

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Both books were adapted for [[TheBBC BBC radio]] in 2007, starring Harry Enfield as Dirk. The first book was adapted (as ''Dirk Gently'') for a An ongoing BBC television pilot in 2010, starring TV adaptation, ''Series/DirkGently'', stars [[GreenWing Stephen Mangan]]; it has since been commissioned for a series, the first episode of which aired on March 5th 2012.Mangan]].



!!Adaptations of this series provide examples of:

* TheAllegedCar
* ArcWords / CatchPhrase: "Embrace the chaos", "Follow the web of interconnected events".
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: The island Dirk is showing having escaped to in the conclusion is actually Hispaniola. Barbados is about a thousand miles further East in the Lesser Antilles.
* BritishBrevity: The series to date comprises a pilot followed by three episodes almost two years later.
* CassandraTruth: [[spoiler:Oliver Reynolds]] in the first episode of the series, [[spoiler:Dr Ransome]] in the second.
* CowTools: Dirk's office is full of them. It's just the way he is.
* FreezeFrameBonus / MythologyGag: In the [=BBC4=] adaption, at one point on Dirk's whiteboard/wall there are numerous references to the first Dirk Gently novel.
* GenreSavvy: In the third episode, [[spoiler:Dirk's figured out his cases are generally never solved without lots of seemingly-random plot-threads coming together. It leads him to keep looking for the murderer even when the obvious killer's been arrested (and he's right, too.)]]
* MexicoCalledTheyWantTexasBack: Inverted at the end of the first episode of the series.
* NeuralImplanting: [[spoiler:Used by Max to [[BecomeARealBoy Become a Real Girl]]]].
* OvertookTheSeries: Considering the series is only two books and a fragment, this was inevitable.
* PragmaticAdaptation: The BBC4 adaptation removes all of the ''Shada'' elements and tells a much simpler story without losing the spirit of the source material. With it being only one hour long, something was always going to have to go.

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!!Adaptations with their own trope page include:

* ''Series/DirkGently'' (BBC TV series)

!!Other adaptations
of this series provide examples of:

* TheAllegedCar
* ArcWords / CatchPhrase: "Embrace the chaos", "Follow the web of interconnected events".
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: The island Dirk is showing having escaped to in the conclusion is actually Hispaniola. Barbados is about a thousand miles further East in the Lesser Antilles.
* BritishBrevity: The series to date comprises a pilot followed by three episodes almost two years later.
* CassandraTruth: [[spoiler:Oliver Reynolds]] in the first episode of the series, [[spoiler:Dr Ransome]] in the second.
* CowTools: Dirk's office is full of them. It's just the way he is.
* FreezeFrameBonus / MythologyGag: In the [=BBC4=] adaption, at one point on Dirk's whiteboard/wall there are numerous references to the first Dirk Gently novel.
* GenreSavvy: In the third episode, [[spoiler:Dirk's figured out his cases are generally never solved without lots of seemingly-random plot-threads coming together. It leads him to keep looking for the murderer even when the obvious killer's been arrested (and he's right, too.)]]
* MexicoCalledTheyWantTexasBack: Inverted at the end of the first episode of the series.
* NeuralImplanting: [[spoiler:Used by Max to [[BecomeARealBoy Become a Real Girl]]]].
* OvertookTheSeries: Considering the series is only two books and a fragment, this was inevitable.
* PragmaticAdaptation: The BBC4 adaptation removes all of the ''Shada'' elements and tells a much simpler story without losing the spirit of the source material. With it being only one hour long, something was always going to have to go.
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* SiblingSwitchSquick: In the book, Gordon and Susan are siblings - in the TV adaptation, Gordon is Susan's ex.
* SinisterSurveillance: Oliver Reynolds is convinced he's being watched by the Pentagon. Even before the opening titles roll, we see that he's right.
* TheTeaser: The opening titles don't appear until eight to nine minutes in. Particularly unusual considering that BBC shows tend not to use teasers at all.

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* SiblingSwitchSquick: In the book, Gordon and Susan are siblings - in the TV adaptation, Gordon is Susan's ex.
* SinisterSurveillance: Oliver Reynolds is convinced he's being watched by the Pentagon. Even before the opening titles roll, we see that he's right.
* TheTeaser: The opening titles don't appear until eight to nine minutes in. Particularly unusual considering that BBC shows tend not to use teasers at all.
20th Mar '12 9:32:20 AM WWRU
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* GenreSavvy: In the third episode, [[spoiler:Dirk's figured out his cases are generally never solved without lots of seemingly-random plot-threads coming together. It leads him to keep looking for the murderer even when the obvious killer's been arrested (and he's right, too.)]]
17th Mar '12 3:43:59 AM Q4
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* UncannyValley: Professor Jericho's robot.

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* UncannyValley: Professor Jericho's robot.
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