Public Service Announcement 36 of 2016: Timeless, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Elementary, Mom

The big new American drama hitting UK screens this week is NBC’s Timeless, in which Dr Luka Kovač from ER plays a former NSA operative who steals a time machine, then uses it to bounce around history with the intention of changing it. Fortunately there’s another time machine available for a group of pursuers. It also stars Matt Lanter (90210), British actor Paterson Joseph, and Abigail Spencer (Rectify). The reviews were reasonable, and ratings have been OK, but at the moment renewal is looking unlikely. CJ thinks it looks like an expensive Librarians. I might take a look (Wednesday 14 December, E4, 9pm).

Meantime, the Netflix/BBC America co-production of the Douglas Adams-inspired Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency has already been renewed for a second season. Our friend e has already steered us, gently but firmly, towards this show, and (notwithstanding that it might not be a direct adaptation) I’m a huge fan of Adams’s work. So I might take a look at this as well (Netflix, tomorrow).

One show I’ll definitely be watching is Elementary, returning for its fifth – and, in all likelihood, final – season. It went off the boil just a little in season 4, but it remains a reliable pleasure; and, of course, the best Sherlock Holmes adaptation currently on TV (Tuesday 13 December, Sky Living, 9pm).

And also starting: season 4 of the magnificent Allison Janney in Mom (Thursday 15 December, ITV 2, 12.25 am).


5 thoughts on “Public Service Announcement 36 of 2016: Timeless, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Elementary, Mom

  1. BHutn December 10, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    Is there any word on S5 of Person of Interest? Or did I miss something?

    • Jed Bartlet December 10, 2016 / 11:43 pm

      Nothing we’re aware of; s4 didn’t start until the end of February of this year, though, so if I had to guess I’d say early-ish 2017. But I don’t think we can take anything for granted with Channel 5.

      • BHutn December 11, 2016 / 1:36 am

        Right. Thanks!

  2. Traxy December 10, 2016 / 10:49 pm

    Sweet! Thanks for the Dirk Gently reminder! 😀

  3. e December 11, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    Dirk just finished here last night and I can’t wait for the next series. A few thoughts in preparation:

    * It can get violent, which I mostly didn’t see since I often am not looking at the screen during a TV show. But Jed loved Utopia, which was honestly too much for me.
    * There is an underlying ribbon of sweet vulnerability, especially with Dirk and two other characters.
    * It takes several episodes to get going. Prepare for befuddlement.
    * None of it makes any sense until about the 6th episode, at which point *everything* falls into place. Keep the recordings on the DVR for reference.
    * There are some lovely relationships developed, and a deeper backstory, which will appeal to CJ. There is also grit, and a willingness to let likable characters have real flaws. (But not Deacon-level idiocy.)
    * It isn’t Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently, but there are several callbacks if you’re paying attention, to the two books and to HHGTTG. (It’s way better than the Mangan adaptation.)
    * I’ve never really liked Elijah Wood, but I came to like (then hate, then like, then hate, then like) Todd, the character he plays.
    * There is a really really cute kitten *and* a corgi.
    * Karma is a bitch, and so is… wait, I don’t want to spoil it for you.

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