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