DCI Banks Wins Yorkshire Television Society Award

The DCI Banks televisions series has won the Royal Television Society (Yorkshire Branch) Award for Drama over stiff competition from The Syndicate and Emmerdale – 40th Anniversary Episode! On 24 June 2013, at the award ceremony for the Royal Television Society (RTS) Yorkshire Centre Awards 2013, Stephen Tompkinson accepted the award for ‘Best Drama’ for DCI Banks, Left Bank Pictures for ITV.

Filming of more DCI Banks episodes will begin soon, in Yorkshire. No dates have been set yet for broadcast.

Series 3 of DCI Banks Confirmed

ITV has commissioned a third series of DCI Banks dramas, with three two-part episodes being scheduled for 2014. These will be Wendseday’s Child, Piece of My Heart and Bad Boy, with Stephen Tompkinson as Alan Banks.

DS Cabot, played by Andrea Lowe, will be returning from maternity leave, and Caroline Catz will xbe back as the DI Helen Morton.

Filming will begin in August in Yorkshire, and air dates will be confirmed in the future.

Number 9

The Daily Mail has published an article about the Top 10 criminal masterminds , listing “the world’s most successful living crime writers.” Peter Robinson comes in at number 9 in this list, which contains such renowned authors as David Baldacci, Patricia Cornwall, Ian Rankin, Michael Connolly and others.

The Mail says the following about Peter:

Age/Nationality/Sales: 63, British/Canadian, 10m sales worldwide.

Crimefighter: DCI Alan Banks moves to the town of Eastvale for a ‘quiet life’ – naturally, his arrival has the same effect on the murder rate as Hercule Poirot checking into your hotel.

For fans of… normal cops. Banks isn’t a kung fu ace, forensic whiz, or at loggerheads with the universe.

Killer book: Gallows Views. The Yorkshire tourist board can’t have enjoyed Banks’s debut, as peeping toms, glue-sniffers, and murderers run riot in a sleepy village.

Deadly detail: Biology teacher has a cellar full of dead blondes.

Screen violence: Stephen Tompkinson is appropriately down-to-earth in ITV’s hit adaptation of the Inspector Banks novels.

Crimes and Ballads: Peter Robinson and Martin Carthy in York

With Martin Carthy3On March 19, Peter Robinson and Martin Carthy took to the stage in York to perform Crimes and Ballads, a combination of a story by Peter Robinson and songs by Martin Carthy. Based on the English folk song Little Musgrave, Peter Robinson’s story sets out the tale of unrequited love. “At appropriate intervals Robinson takes a back seat and the space that presents itself allows Carthy to sing songs that complement the text. Tales of loss and longing and of heartbreak and stolen dreams.”

As reported by David Markham in York Mix:

To witness them individually would have been enough. To pair them together was inspired. I couldn’t help but think that in a world where we as a population are increasingly expected to embrace pace and change, tonight’s performance demanded that we stop and think and revel in the talents of two gifted men and the warmth of the community of people in the building. Sometimes the old ways are the best.

It was a moving performance, in an intimate setting in a converted church. There will be other performances in the future, and we’ll post information about them on the site.

Before the Poison wins Dilys Award!

Before the Poison has won the 2013 Dilys Award for Best Novel, awarded by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. The award was announced by Tom Schantz at the Left Coast Crime Convention, in Colorado Springs, on 23 March.

This is a very great honour indeed. I have never won a Dilys Award before, so it’s also a big thrill. I’m especially glad at having won for Before the Poison, which was something of a departure for me. My thanks to the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association for the award and for all your support over the years.

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News and Forthcoming Events


(The above ad was recently seen in the train station in York, England.)

Books to Die For, edited by John Connelly and Declan Burke has been nominated for an Edgar Award in the Critical/Biographical category. I have an essay on Ruth Rendell’s A Judgement in Stone in this collection, which is full of fine articles on a variety of crime novels, some well known, others undeservedly neglected. Congratulations to the editors!

I have also just heard that Before the Poison has been nominated for a Dilys Award for best novel by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association, USA. The votes have to be in by 4th February and the result will be out shortly thereafter.

I have a few events of interest coming up in the near future, starting with a music/ short story event with Martin Carthy called Crimes and Ballads at the York Literature Festival in association with the Black Swan Folk Club, in York, UK, on 19th March at 7.30pm. Hurry, it will sell out! Details here. You can see an excerpt from our previous collaboration at the Beverley Folk Festival last June.

From 2nd to 5th May, I will be International Guest of Honour at Malice Domestic in Bethesda, MD. This is a great honour indeed, and I’m really looking forward to it. Laura Lippman will be Toastmaster. Details at www.malicedomestic.org

I recently wrote a few words for UNCUT magazine in the UK on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon for the 40th year commemoration issue. Forty years! Can’t believe it. Should be out soon.

In the summer, I hope to be teaching a course in Crime Writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. This runs from 15th to 19th July. I’ve done it several times before, and we all usually enjoy ourselves. Perhaps we all learn something, too!

From 16th to 18th August, I’ll be at the St Hilda’s Crime Conference in Oxford, UK, where I’ll be delivering a paper on crime fiction today.

Shortly after that, on 17th or 18th September, I’ll be giving a paper at crime conference at the University of Leeds.

I’ll be doing something, I know not what, at the Richmond Books and Boots Festival, in Richmond, North Yorkshire between 20th and 22nd September. I might be interviewing a famous crime writer, leading a walk or simply reading and talking.

On 26th September, I am set to give a talk at the New York Public Libraries Convention in Niagara Falls, NY.

There are more events waiting to be finalised, and I’ll post more details as they become available.

Finally, while Watching the Dark has been racing up the UK paperback bestseller list, it has just been published in hardcover in the USA, where it briefly reached the New York Times extended list and has been garnering some terrific reviews, some of which you can check out at the following sites: the Wall Street Journal, the Richmond Times Dispatch, BookPage and the New York Post.