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A Stab In The Dark: A UKTV Original Crime Podcast with Mark Billingham

Multi-award-winning crime writer, Mark Billingham, presents an in-depth look at the very best super-sleuths from literature and television. Each episode of A Stab In The Dark sees brand-new guests from the worlds of TV and books discuss the inner workings of crime fiction and crime drama. A Stab in the Dark is a UKTV production and is produced by Paul Hirons. For more info: http://uktv.co.uk/astabinthedark

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Mark Gatiss & Hélène Joy

S2 E5 - In this week’s episode of UKTV crime podcast, A Stab In The Dark, host Mark Billingham talks to Sherlock’s Mark Gatiss. In a wide-ranging discussion about his work and career, Mark reveals the contents of his younger self’s dressing up and who has been his favourite character to play, and how a prop from Doctor Who has turned into one of his most prized possessions. He also discusses his love of horror, Agatha Christie and RuPaul’s Drag Race; as well as reveal how he and Steven Moffat came up with the idea for a modern Sherlock, how, because of the success of Wallander, Sherlock became three, ninety-minute episodes rather than six hour-long episodes, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman’s instant chemistry, and, of course, the show’s future. Plus, our man with the spyglass, Paul Hirons, talks to Murdoch Mysteries' Hélène Joy. A Stab in the Dark is a UKTV Original production and is produced by Paul Hirons, Joel Porter and John Lemon. For more info: http://uktv.co.uk/astabinthedarkSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

50mins

5 Jul 2017

Rank #1

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Michael Connelly & Morris Chestnut talk US crime

Episode 4 - Mark Billingham heads to a central London hotel to meet Harry Bosch, Mickey Haller and Terry McCaleb author Michael Connelly. The two best-selling crime writers discuss US crime drama, Raymond Chandler, jazz versus country and Michael's adaptations which star Titus Welliver, Matthew McConaughey and Clint Eastwood. We also hear some excellent anecdotes from Michael about how a real-life policeman influenced Bosch's career and how he 'saw' his detective during the OJ Simpson trial. Meanwhile, Paul Hirons talks to Rosewood's leading man Morris Chestnut, who reveals what it's like to work with co-star Jaina Lee Ortiz and what a location gives to a crime drama. A Stab in the Dark is a UKTV Original production and is produced by Sam Pearson and Paul Hirons. For more info: http://uktv.co.uk/astabinthedarkSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

38mins

15 Nov 2016

Rank #2

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David Morrissey & Lee Child on the leading man

Episode 2 - Mark Billingham is joined in the studio by acting powerhouse David Morrissey, star of BBC's The Missing, State of Play, Sky1's Thorne and The Governor from The Walking Dead. The two talk about adapting Mark's novels for TV and the process by which David develops his characters. Meanwhile, Paul Hirons talks to Lee Child about the forthcoming Jack Reacher novel and film. A Stab in the Dark is a UKTV Original production and is produced by Sam Pearson and Paul Hirons. Thanks to Joel Porter and Dot Dot Dot Productions for audio support. For more info: http://uktv.co.uk/astabinthedarkSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

41mins

18 Oct 2016

Rank #3

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Karin Slaughter and Steve Mosby

S2 E9 - In this week’s episode, award-winning crime writer Mark Billingham talks to best-selling American writer, Karin Slaughter. Throughout the episode, Karin talks about her roots in America’s Deep South and how her hometown of Atlanta has changed; how the writing from the region and some of the true-life cases have influenced her work; the continuing fascination with serial killers; her new book The Good Daughter; and boob sweat. Yes, boob sweat. Elsewhere, our man with the spyglass, Paul Hirons, talks to British novelist Steve Mosby at the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival at Harrogate. A Stab in the Dark is a UKTV Original production and is produced by Paul Hirons, Joel Porter and John Lemon. For more info: http://uktv.co.uk/astabinthedarkSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

43mins

2 Aug 2017

Rank #4

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Harlan Coben

In this brand-new episode of A Stab In The Dark, award-winning crime writer Mark Billingham talks to one of the genre's biggest names - American author Harlan Coben. The writer of over 30 books - many of them bestsellers - Harlan talks about his early career, his big breaks, and his move into television, thanks to his collaborations with Netflix and with Walter Presents, where Just One Look is available to view now. Elsewhere, our man with the spyglass, Paul Hirons, talks to British crime writer, Fiona Cummins, who talks about dark serial killers and the underbelly of society.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

41mins

18 May 2020

Rank #5

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Ann Cleeves & Yrsa Sigurdardottir discuss island crime

Episode 3 - Mark Billingham is joined by Shetland author Ann Cleeves and Nordic Noir author Yrsa Sigurdardottir to discuss being marooned with murder. Both Ann and Yrsa have strong ties to two islands, Shetland and Iceland, and we hear more on what it's like to write fiction based there and how islands influence crime stories. Meanwhile, Paul Hirons visits Killer Women and reveals more about this new festival. A Stab in the Dark is a UKTV Original production and is produced by Sam Pearson and Paul Hirons. Thanks to Joel Porter and Dot Dot Dot Productions for audio support. For more info: http://uktv.co.uk/astabinthedarkSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

39mins

1 Nov 2016

Rank #6

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A Year of Crime

In this special, seasonal episode of A Stab In The Dark, award-winning crime writer Mark Billingham welcomes fellow award-winning crime writers Christopher Brookmyre, Susi Holliday and Martyn Waites to discuss 2017's best crime books and crime drama, as well as rising trends and the names to watch out for in 2018.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

52mins

21 Dec 2017

Rank #7

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Nordic Noir special recorded at Crimefest and Iceland Noir

Extra episode - While our regular host, award-winning crime writer Mark Billingham limbers up for some brand-new episodes, our man with the spy glass, Paul Hirons, takes a closer look at the Nordic Noir phenomenon. Paul attended Crimefest in Bristol and Iceland Noir in Reykjavik last year, and managed to chat to some of the Nordic region's best-selling crime authors - Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Lilja Sigurðardóttir and Ragnar Jonasson from Iceland, Anne Holt from Norway, Kati Hiekkapelto from Finland, Denmark's Sara Blædel and honoroury Brit and the co-curator of Iceland Noir, Quentin Bates. In this mini-episode, Paul asks where Nordic Noir comes from and what defines it, and also discovers the links between Scandinavian and Nordic crime fiction and drama with Britain. Mark will be back to host more brand-new episodes of A Stab In The Dark very soon. A Stab in the Dark is a UKTV Original production and is produced by Sam Pearson and Paul Hirons. For more info: http://uktv.co.uk/astabinthedarkSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

18mins

28 Feb 2017

Rank #8

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Belinda Bauer & Sarah Hilary plus Kate Harwood on Luther

S2 E02 - It’s a fiendish trio of award-winning crime writers as Mark Billingham is joined by fellow Crime Novel of the Year winners and best-selling authors Sarah Hilary and Belinda Bauer. They discuss the creation of Sarah’s complex heroine Marnie Rome, Belinda’s unique and vulnerable heroes and settling the matter once and for all of whether the countryside or the city is the most dangerous place for both murder or cheese-related deaths. And with series four about to start on UKTV, our man with spy glass and his ear to the ground, Paul Hirons, gets the scoop on Luther from former head of BBC Drama, Kate Harwood. A Stab in the Dark is a UKTV Original production and is produced by Paul Hirons, Joel Porter and John Lemon. For more info: http://uktv.co.uk/astabinthedarkSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

51mins

14 Jun 2017

Rank #9

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Miss Scarlet And The Duke with Kate Phillips and Rachael New

In this brand-new episode of A Stab In The Dark, award-winning crime writer Mark Billingham talks to actress Kate Phillips and writer Rachael New, the star and creator of Alibi's new Victorian crime drama, Miss Scarlet And The Duke. Kate and Rachael discuss with Mark the enduring appeal of the Victorian era when it comes to crime fiction and drama and explain why Eliza Scarlet is the female Sherlock Holmes. Our man with the spyglass, Paul Hirons, also talks to actor Waleed Zuaiter, star of the acclaimed Baghdad Central.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

34mins

31 Mar 2020

Rank #10

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Traces Special - Amelia Bullmore, Laura Fraser and Val McDermid

In this brand-new episode, award-winning crime writer Mark Billingham talks to actress and screenwriter Amelia Bullmore about Alibi's stunning new original drama series, Traces. Throughout the episode, Amelia tells us about the inspiration for the show, and how she immersed herself into the world of forensic science. Elsewhere, our man with the spyglass, Paul Hirons, talks to one of the show's stars, Laura Fraser, and Mark chats to one of the most critically acclaimed crime writers in the world, Val McDermid, about her role in the show.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

40mins

9 Dec 2019

Rank #11

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Patricia Cornwell & William Gaminara examine forensic crime

Episode 6 - We travelled away from A Stab In The Dark’s incident room to talk to one of this generation’s biggest-selling and most-respected crime novelists... none other than forensic crime author Patricia Cornwell. Patricia is someone who has been credited with inspiring not only a new wave of female crime writers but also a host of forensic crime dramas, from CSI to Dexter, while her Kay Scarpetta novels have delighted crime fans since 1990. Meanwhile, Paul Hirons speaks to Silent Witness star William Gaminara about his role in the show and how he manages to pronounce all that technical jargon. A Stab in the Dark is a UKTV Original production and is produced by Sam Pearson and Paul Hirons. For more info: http://uktv.co.uk/astabinthedarkSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

37mins

12 Dec 2016

Rank #12

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Sarah Pinborough

S2 E6 - In this week’s episode, our man with the spyglass, Paul Hirons, speaks to British writer Sarah Pinborough, who’s written one of the most talked about books of 2017. Recorded at CrimeFest in Bristol, Sarah talks about the jump into the psychological thriller genre, how genres like crime and horror cross-pollinate and the art of the twist. A Stab in the Dark is a UKTV Original production and is produced by Paul Hirons, Joel Porter and John Lemon. For more info: http://uktv.co.uk/astabinthedarkSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

21mins

12 Jul 2017

Rank #13

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Erin Kelly, Robert Thorogood & Adam Hamdy explore crime adaptation

Episode 5 - Mark Billingham is joined in the studio by The Poison Tree and Broadchurch author Erin Kelly and creator of Death In Paradise Robert Thorogood to discuss the art of adaptation. In contrast to the more well-trodden path of adapting television shows from books, both Erin and Robert have experience in the other direction: from the screen to the page. But before we hear about the process that goes into this we look at their involvement in creating some of our favourite crime dramas. Meanwhile, Paul Hirons gets a visit from writer and producer Adam Hamdy who takes us through the top 5 tips he uses to adapt crime fiction. A Stab in the Dark is a UKTV Original production and is produced by Sam Pearson and Paul Hirons. For more info: http://uktv.co.uk/astabinthedarkSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

45mins

29 Nov 2016

Rank #14

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Bill Beverly - Dodgers and the American social divide

S2 E04 - Our man with the spyglass – Paul Hirons – sits down with double CWA Dagger winner, Bill Beverly, to talk about his debut novel, Dodgers. A powerful tale of a teenage gang member based in LA sent to Ohio to do a job, Bill discusses his influences for this exceptional coming-of-age tale and the state of America today. A Stab in the Dark is a UKTV Original production and is produced by Paul Hirons, Joel Porter and John Lemon. For more info: http://uktv.co.uk/astabinthedarkSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

16mins

28 Jun 2017

Rank #15