Creator of ‘Dirk Gently’ TV series first encountered book at summer camp

Max Landis, the creator and writer of BBC America series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency first encountered the inspiration for his new show in his summer camp library.

According to an article in Variety, a preteen Landis found The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, the second in the Dirk Gently series, by British author Douglas Adams in an otherwise tattered collection of books in his camp’s library.

“That was my first exposure to Douglas Adams,” Landis is quoted as saying. “I’ve read everything he’s written.”

Adams is best known in the U.S. for his book The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, but the new TV series has moved the setting from England to the U.S. and stars American actor Elijah Wood as Dirk’s assistant. The show premieres on October 22.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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