Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sexton Blake Has Been Found

I just listened to The Hunt For Sexton Blake, and really, there's not much to say about it - it's a straightforward documentary about a fictional character (Sexton Blake being a British detective whose first adventure was published in 1893), designed to lead up to a new radio show starring the character that premieres on Friday. So why is it important? It is one of the first shows from Perfectly Normal Productions, a new radio production company founded by Dirk Maggs.

Dirk Maggs, if you don't know, was the writer, director, and producer of seasons 3-5 of the radio show The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. After season five wrapped, he moved on to radio versions of the first two books in Douglas Adams' other series, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. Then, after season two of Dirk Gently, he left to start Perfectly Normal Productions. Soon after, it was announced that season three of Dirk Gently would be directed and produced by Dawn Ellis and written by Kim Fuller - who, along with Jamie Curtis, wrote the script for the movie Spice World.

You read that right. The writer of Spice World is going to adapt Douglas Adams, and all so Dirk Maggs can direct Sexton Blake. I hope fans of 1800s detective stories are happy.


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