Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Character Bios from BBC America’s Website

Funny, eloquent, rude and a tiny bit presumptuous, Dirk Gently has strange psychic abilities that enable him to sense tangential connections. He’s turned these abilities into his new profession: that of a “holistic detective,” a term that reflects his belief in the fundamental interconnectedness of all things. However, his abilities have condemned him to a lonely life devoid of human connection. A man with an interesting sense of style and a brusque manner that quickly annoys, Dirk exists on the assumption that everyone around him will instantly recognize his authority… even though said authority doesn’t exist, and pretty much no one ever acknowledges it, ever.

A frustrated loser and fallen punk rock front man, Todd’s life is a dead end. But when he stumbles into a bizarre murder scene, everything drastically changes. A random encounter with the eccentric detective, Dirk Gently, draws him into a web against his will. As Todd reluctantly joins Dirk, he quickly discovers he’s just flat out better at detecting and pretty much everything else than Dirk. He always attempts to solve matters with the fewest steps possible. But despite being a compassionate, smarter-than-average man with biting wit, Todd often finds himself at a moral crossroads. His bad habits of lying and stealing have dire consequences that he won’t be able to avoid forever. He’s not a bad person… he’s just not a good person, but he’ll get there. Maybe. Hopefully?

Amanda always wanted to be in a band like her brother Todd. Her spunky, smart, wild and impulsive personality defines who she is… or at least who she was. Sidelined by Pararibulitis — a hereditary disease that turns everything around her into a potentially agonizing physical hazard — she’s remained isolated, leaning on her brother for support. She’s deeply connected to her brother but a number of issues in their relationship are slowly being triggered, and Amanda will find herself drawn towards the dark forces converging on Todd’s life.

A neurotic, bad-ass security officer to a millionaire, Farah has brooding, nervous energy and an easy snarl that’s triggered at the slightest provocation. A tactical prodigy, Farah is a dominant figure who is also a bit odd… much more than she’s prepared to accept. She subconsciously talks to herself and if provoked, unleashes a biting deadpan sarcasm. After her boss is killed and his daughter kidnapped, Farah is determined to solve the case alongside Dirk and Todd without the help of police. She makes every attempt to keep the group safe, even if she herself isn’t so sure she’s capable of doing so.

Bart is a terrifying, homicidal, deranged, fearless, and nearly invincible self-identified “holistic assassin.” Like Dirk, she is a causality psychic. Bart doesn’t determine who she kills or when and how she kills them. It’s all instinctual. Drawn towards people who kill or endanger others, she feels a second nature urge to eliminate them, which she can do with very little effort. She’s rough, rude, kind of gross and an upsetting person, but there’s a complex sweetness to her. Bart is comfortable with who she is and unlike Dirk, she’s found peace with her power.

A nerdy, friendly-faced tech trapped in increasingly difficult and bloody circumstances, Ken’s side job as a hacker lands him face-to-face with some odious characters, including Bart, a self-identified holistic assassin.

Rimmer (Aaron Douglas) is an enigmatic loser with an impressive series of horrible secrets. A high ranking member of a cult called Men of the Machine, Rimmer is by nature, a perpetually scrambling, unreliable, egomaniacal agent of the Brotherhood’s intent. Rimmer loves giving orders and whenever possible, remind his fellow brothers of his seniority within the cult.

The Rowdy 3 — all four of them — composed of the aloof Martin, the manic Vogel, the ever-stoic Gripps and the deranged Cross, are vampires. Not the night walking bloodsucking kind, but rather something much stranger… if that’s possible. They feed on emotion and the electrical energy of the human mind, which they extract in blasts of crackling electricity. Ex-test subjects, the Rowdy 3 have tried to make a life for themselves out in the real world, forever hunting Dirk Gently; deliberately entering his life in moments where it will cause him the most emotional terror.

Estevez (Neil Brown Jr.) and Zimmerfield (Richard Schiff) are missing person’s detectives operating increasingly off book as they follow the trail of a complex and mystifying case. As bizarre events continue to converge around one person, they find themselves more and more flummoxed by the investigation.

Beleaguered CIA head of a defunct secret bureau investigating the paranormal called Black Wing, Riggins (Miguel Sandoval) used to be a bright-eyed West Point grad. A born optimist with a cheery demeanor, Riggins is a true believer: Aliens? Yes. Psychics? Yes. Demons? Magic? Past lives? Yes, yes and yes. He’s hoping to rebuild Black Wing but gets stuck with Friedkin (Dustin Milligan), an unpredictable, wildly ambitious and dangerous moron. Though he supports Colonel Riggins in his quest to peacefully achieve his goal, his boneheaded nature may derail the Colonel’s plans altogether.

blackkittycat89  asked:

20, 37, 58 and 82. Oh, and 155: I LOVE YOUR DESKTOP PICTURE! Where did you get it and who do you think will be the next Doctor? (yes, that's two questions, deal with it =p )

20: First thing I notice in new person

Hair… And when we start chatting, their laughter.

37: Tattoos and piercing i want

I was never interested in piercings but I would love to do 2 tattoos, a dog’s paw, maybe on my wrist? And my name in Gallifreyan. 

58: What’s my strangest talent?

I don’t have one? Is being able to slap my right forearm with my right hand a talent?

82: If the whole world were listening to me right now, what would I say?

Get your shit together and stop putting middle age men in power because all they do is fuck up.

155: Any question you’d like?

I took it from the BBC website. It’s quite easy to “borrow” things from there. I sent you the pic via email as well!! =)

I honestly haven’t got a clue to who the next Doctor will be… I just seriously don’t want it to be Kris Marshall or Phoebe Waller-Bridge, I know they’re amazing actors, but I want to be surprised, or shocked or even go “huh, I wonder who that is…”. I don’t want to go “Oh, well, we already knew that, didn’t we?” it will be such a letdown! If The Doctor is meant to be a woman, I would choose Katherine Parkinson, Tamsin Greig or Keeley Hawes. If it’s a BAME actor, I wish it was Sanjeev Bhaskar. But I haven’t seen them on any lists so I know I’m flying WAY up high here and this answer ended up really long. Sorry!!
Mezzo-Soprano, Pappano's Classical Voices - BBC Four
Exploring the role of the mezzo-soprano, who often plays the rival or the villainess.

This episode is scheduled to air on BBC Four on July 12. Description from the BBC website: 

Series in which conductor Sir Antonio Pappano (music director of the Royal Opera House since 2002) explores the great roles and the greatest singers of the last hundred years through the prism of the mainclassical voice types - soprano, tenor, mezzo-soprano, baritone and bass. Through discussion, demonstrations and workshops, Pappano explores every aspect of the art of great singing.

The lowest female voice type, and the one closest to a woman’s natural speaking voice, the mezzo-soprano only rarely plays the name part. But when she does - in Carmen, Samson et Dalila, and La Cenerentola - the fireworks begin. More often, she’s the rival, and the villainess.

Antonio explores the particular effect the mezzo voice has on the audience. Her low, sultry tones make her voice perfect for the earth goddess, but also the enchantress, the siren. But she has to sing nearly as high as the soprano. So how does she do it? What is the ‘chest voice’ and what effect does it have? How do you sing ugly to convey the evil of a character without destroying your voice, and at the same time unearth some redeeming qualities?

Antonio finds out what makes the mezzo tick by looking at great performances from Giulietta Simionato, Kathleen Ferrier, Marian Anderson, Shirley Verrett, Cecilia Bartoli and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, and taking soundings from Janet Baker, Christa Ludwig, Joyce DiDonato, Felicity Palmer and Sarah Connolly.

Come on Up to the House
Peter Capaldi
Come on Up to the House

Originally broadcast on September 1, 2009.  From the BBC website: The first in a series of stories inspired by the distinctive world created by the legendary musician Tom Waits. 

The story Peter reads is by AL Kennedy.  There were three stories in The Heart of Saturday Night series, each by a different author and each with a different reader, so this is the only one Peter did.