Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently TV show axed: Are politics to blame?

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:16 PM EST

The BBC series Dirk Gently, based on the novel of the same name by Douglas Adams, has officially been axed after one very short season. The reason, according to series composer Daniel Pemberton? British politics.

Series star Stephen Mangan confirmed that the quirky, holistic detective series was officially done via Twitter, though Pemberton opened up a bit more in a recent interview with SFX about why he believed chances were slim for a second series.

Essentially, Pemberton said he believes politics played a part in causing some budget cuts at BBC Four—which ran the series' initial four-episode run—and Dirk Gently is just the sad victim of a political power play.

"That, unfortunately, is in the hands now of nonsense BBC politics because thanks to Rupert Murdoch leaning on Cameron and resulting in the BBC licence being heavily cut, that meant BBC Four lost its drama budget," he said. "And you know, I work on a lot of the shows that come back and I'm not that fussed. This show I really, really want it to come back."
The series debuted to decent ratings for the timeslot, and it received pretty solid reviews, so it makes sense that there was at least something else at play to get the series axed.

What do you think?

(Via SFX)