The A-Z Of Crime

Thursday, 6 October 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

The A to Z of Crime: UVWXYZ: 

Ahead of the 2011 Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards in October, Marcus Brigstocke narrates the last in a new six-part series going behind the scenes of the most popular crime dramas on TV in a quest to find out what makes these fictional heroes and villains tick. 

As it celebrates the most exciting and memorable moments in crime thriller entertainment, the programme delves into the minds of the creators of these shows and uncovers the secrets of a good plot and what it takes to craft a satisfying conclusion. 

This is a comprehensive exploration of favourites like Inspector Morse, Miss Marple, Frost and Foyle, taking a journey from the villages of Midsomer to the gritty realism of Taggart’s Glasgow. 

The final episode takes viewers through the alphabet from U to Z, and it includes contributions from actors Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox and Stephen Tompkinson as well as writers Mark Billingham, Val McDermid, Ann Cleeves and Denise Mina. 

There is also a recap of all the authors nominated to win this year’s People’s Bestseller Dagger Award. 

Viewers have the opportunity to vote for their favourite author at

Thursday, 22 September 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Crime Thriller fiction is officially the world’s most popular genre on TV, film, stage and books. Leading up the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards (broadcast on 11th October on ITV3) over this 6 part series, we will be going behind the scenes of the most popular shows on TV, finding out what makes our detectives tick, what makes the villains so villainous, and celebrating some of the most exciting and memorable moments in crime thriller entertainment. We will also be delving into the minds of the shows’ creators, and unravelling the secret of a good plot and a satisfying ending. Whether you love Morse or Marple, Frost or Foyle, the good folk of Midsummer or the Glaswegian grit of Taggart, this series takes you from A to Z in the world of the Crime Thriller. 

Episode: M,N,O,P 

So what would go into your A-Z of crime? In this show, M brings us detectives who are married to the job, and who was more married to the job than Inspector Morse? M also takes us away from TV and books into theatre land to talk about the longest running play of all time, The Mousetrap. N gives us the Nick of Time. O stands for Off Duty. P gives us pathologists, Poirot and psychopaths.

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