Stephen Mangan has announced that the BBC will not be making any more episodes of ‘holistic detective’ show Dirk Gently.
“It gives me no pleasure whatsoever to report that the BBC have decided not to make any more Dirk Gently,” the actor told Twitter followers this afternoon.
Based on the books by Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy writer Douglas Adams, the show starred Mangan as the eponymous detective who solved cases using his own unconventional methods, and Darren Boyd as his sidekick.
The pilot episode attracted a million viewers in 2010, but this year’s three-part series started off with 800,000 viewers and ended with 600,000, prompting BBC bosses to cancel it.
Mangan previously explained that he would be ‘heart-broken’ if the show was to get canned. “If they axe it, I’ll go round there and smash the place up with my bare hands,” he said earlier this year.
The star of the might be annoyed, but the move will also anger thousands of fans who will be lamenting the fact that despite a schedule full of two-dimensional detective shows, it’s the one with a bit of humour and personality that gets axed. Which is a shame..