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4. “Dirk Gently” (BBC)

Starring: Samuel Barnett, Christian Bako, Elijah Wood, Neil Brown Jr., Hannah Marks
Synopsis: Based on the popular sci-fi novel, Dirk (Barnett) is a detective who investigates supernatural cases.

Why you should watch: In 2010, the BBC4 adapted Douglas Adams’ novel, fully titled “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency,” into a three-episode series released in 2012, with the titular character played by Stephen Mangan (“Billy Elliot“). This time, Gently – described as a psychic who insists he’s just good at guessing all the time – will be played by a much younger actor, Barnett (“Penny Dreadful“) for BBC America.  Adams is also known for writing the cult-favorite “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” which was adapted into a film in 2005. I could go on about why you should give this series a try, but Adams has a better description: “a thumping good detective-ghost-horror-who dunnit-time travel-romantic-musical-comedy-epic.”
Premiere Date: Oct. 22

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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.


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