We’re being asked to vote for a party of luminaries whose members hang round dodgy types, have the odd drink problem and have been said to habitually use cocaine.
But then who wouldn’t rather vote for a Holmes, Morse, Tennison or Foyle than the usual bunch paraded before us at elections.
The voting for the People’s Detective Dagger has just started, and fans of ITV’s top sleuths can endorse their fave on the website for the snappily named Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards on ITV3 in Conjunction with the Crime Writers’ Association.
It’s all part of the build-up to the 2010 awards ding-dong on Friday 8 October – the result of the ITV3 and the CWA joining forces last year – when the year’s top crime authors and novels are celebrated. The People’s Detective Dagger will be presented at the event.
To get everyone in the mood for voting, ITV3 is running a six-week season of new crime and thriller docs about the detectives and shortlisted books. Here’s the schedule:
Ep 2: Marple/Tennison 9pm Tues 7th Sept/Thurs 9th Sept/Mon 13th Sept
Ep 3: Wycliffe/Barnaby 9pm Tues 14th Sept/Thurs 16th Sept/Mon 20th Sept
Ep 4: Rebus/Lewis 9pm Tues 21st Sept/Thurs 23rd Sept/Mon 27th Sept
Ep 5: Wexford/Foyle 9pm Tues 28th Sept/Thurs 30th Sept/Mon 4th Oct
Ep 6: Poirot/Sherlock 9pm Tues 5th Oct/Wed 6th Oct/Thurs 7th Oct
Personally, I think Barnaby’s got less the personal magnetism than Gordon Brown, and would much rather have a social drinker like Rebus getting the nod.