With a tweet, BBC America announced Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is coming to the cable channel.
— BBC America (@BBCAMERICA) January 8, 2016
The series will be based on the Dirk Gently novels by the late Douglas Adams, themselves based on ideas Adams had while working as a script editor on Doctor Who in the mid-1970s. The first novel features a failed alien colonization attempt that jumpstarts life on earth, an alien ghost trying to undo that mistake and Gently negating his entire reason for getting involved in the case. A second and an unfinished third novel were subsequently released.
The novels have been adapted as a radio drama and loosely formed the basis of a 2010 television series on BBC4.
Variety reports the eight-episode first season will be adapted by Max Landis. It will follow one case with subsequent seasons, should they happen, moving on to Gently's next job. The series will be a co-production of AMC Studios, Ideate Media and IDW Entertainment. Circle of Confusion will also produce the series.