Wild card Sam Batford is an undercover cop who has infiltrated crime kingpin Vincent Guardino’s organisation. DCI Klara Winter is also hell-bent on bringing down Guardino but in a much more by-the-book way. The two investigations inevitably collide and clash in Ian Patrick‘s marvellously gripping debut novel Rubicon. Cracking stuff!
In the 1978 TV series OUT, poker-faced Tom Bell plays Frank Ross, a gangster who is sent to prison for robbery after someone grasses him up. Eight years later, Ross leaves the slammer and is confronted with a London that has changed and people that have changed. Instead of stitching back together his relationships, however,Continue reading “Top Telly: Out”
They say that all small boys are influenced by their big brother’s music collection, and while that may well be true of me, I was also influenced by my family’s taste in other forms of entertainment. Luckily I grew up in a time when television and radio weren’t as youth focused as they are nowContinue reading “Stone Me, What A Life! – Tony Hancock”
It was announced a while ago that Acorn Media, who are the main distributor of British TV programming to North American consumers, had acquired a 64% stake in Agatha Christie Limited. This means that those delicate folk across the pond will have hours of Miss Marple and Poirot to nibble on while they wait for BBC’s latest incarnation of Sherlock or the Inspector Morse prequel, Endeavour. In comparisonContinue reading “Top Telly: Brit Grit On The Box”
My current favourite Bad Girl is a cop. Of course, crime fiction – whether it’s in books, films or on television – is over-populated with strong-willed, impulsive, foul mouthed, chain smoking, heavy drinking, bed-hopping cops. But with Detective Constable Rachel Bailey, in the gritty British TV series Scott & Bailey, that cliché is given aContinue reading “Top Telly: Bad Girl Rachel Bailey”
PDB: Congratulations on the deal with Penguin. How did that come about? HL: Thanks. I’d been working on a new book with some different characters and my agent, Phil Patterson at Marjacq, sent it out to publishers. One of the first to read it was Emad Akhtar at Penguin Random House and, luckily for me, he really liked it. They completed the deal duringContinue reading “Short, Sharp Interview: Howard Linskey”
As part of CRIMECULTURE‘s smashing PULP NOSTALGIA series, I chose Detective Rachel Bailey, from the splendid TV series Scott & Bailey, as my BAD GIRL. Check it out!
Over the next few weeks I’ll be hosting a handful of carefully selected guest columnists over at Out Of The Gutter Online’s Brit Grit Alley. Last week, Nigel Bird had a gander at the BBC’s new series, Ripper Streer. This week, Richard Godwin is down Brit Grit Alley talking about Finance and Criminal Profit. AndContinue reading “Brit Grit Alley Guest Columnists”
One of British television’s great creations, George Bulman first appeared on the small screen in 1976, in Granada Television’s hard edged crime series, The XYY Man, based on the books by Kenneth Royce. The XYY Man in question was a cat burglar called Spider Scott who was trying to go straight but regularly ended up gettingContinue reading “Top Telly: Bullman The Bulldog”
A bit back, I wrote an article for The Sabotage Times about Brit Grit television. I took a gander at three shows in particular, Public Eye, Gangsters and Cracker. All were in-your-face, hard-hitting crime dramas from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s respectively. And now, it looks like a bunch of the writers that have contributedContinue reading “True Brit Grit At The Cinema And On TV”