UKTV has commissioned and launched a new six episode crime podcast hosted by noted novelist Mark Billingham, whose novels Rush Of Blood and In The Dark are currently being adapted by Matt Charman and Danny Brocklehurst for BBC One.
This podcast, titled A Stab In The Dark, focuses on the worlds of crime fiction and television crime drama. In each episode, Billingham hosts discussions featuring some of the biggest names from the genre. A Stab In The Dark is a in-house UKTV Original production, produced by UKTV’s Paul Hirons.
Guests for the first episode, which is now available, include fellow novelist Val McDermid and Managing Director of Euston Films and former BBC Head Of Drama, Kate Harwood. Other guest lined up for the remaining five episodes include include David Morrissey, Ann Cleeves, Michael Connelly, Erin Kelly and Lee Child, amongst others.
“We’re absolutely delighted that someone of Mark’s standing is hosting A Stab In The Dark and, along with his guests, he does a fantastic job of exploring a genre that has always been so popular”, said producer Paul Hirons. “Here at UKTV our mission is to give viewers more of what they love, and by producing this podcast we’re adding real value to our already impressive slate of crime drama that plays out on our channels Alibi, Drama and W.”
“Crime fiction, both on the page and on the screen, is more popular than ever. There is a seemingly endless appetite for TV crime dramas, while the novels that often inspire them continue to dominate the bestseller lists”, added Mark Billingham. “Arguably, this is a Golden Age for crime stories in all their forms and I could not be more thrilled to host A Stab In The Dark, which will see me casting a forensic eye across this dynamic and entertaining genre, interrogating some of its best known practitioners and highlighting those who are guilty of bringing brilliant crime stories to viewers’ TVs and bookshelves. I hope that those who love crime drama – both on page and on-screen – will tune in for what I know will be some criminally entertaining discussions.”