The Crime Thriller Club, ITV3, with Bradley Walsh

Rating: ★★★★

ITV3: starts Monday, 15 September, 9pm

JUST WANTED TO GIVE  a shout for this returning crime magazine show, presented by Bradley Walsh. It’s a fun and interesting hour going behind the scenes of new series – tonight they’re taking a glimpse at The Interceptor, starring Trevor Eve and Jo Joyner – profiling top writers and talking to actors and crime authors.

It’s all part of the build-up to the CWA Crime Thriller Awards in October, one of the biggest gong shows of the year for crime fiction and screen dramas.

I watched them filming an instalment last week because I’d been invited to go on the show and take part in its short quiz section. Stephen Tompkinson was also in the studio talking about DCI Banks, and author Mark Billingham was discussing new books.

I called on the services of Ali Karim, Literary Editor of Shots Magazine, to be my team mate because

Ali Karim and myself in the Green Room

he’s so knowledgable about authors – he knows Lee Child, among many, many others, and has met Stephen King. He even got into the role by dressing as Heisenberg from Breaking Bad.

It was a laugh watching the show being made at Cactus Studios in Camberwell, London. Bradley Walsh is great fun as host, and is of course a good all-round choice for the show as he was the mainstay of ITV’s Law & Order: UK until recently.

Anyway, despite Ali’s expertise and my TV knowledge things didn’t go according to plan for us during the quiz. Our moment in the limelight comes later in the series, so in the meantime enjoy tonight’s review of Lucie Waterhouse’s Before We Met and the Club’s profile of the brilliant thriller writer Robert Harris.

Host Bradley Walsh with author Peter James and Peter Davison in an upcoming edition

Check out these links…

TV Daggers – who should win
Crime Thriller Awards 2014
Shots Magazine

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Miss Marple, Crime Thriller Awards 2013, Win The Fall on DVD

Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple returns on Sunday (16 June, 8pm) with another starry cast for A Caribbean Mystery, the first of three new films. As you would suspect from the title, Julia McKenzie’s sleuth is far from St Mary Mead, having headed to St Honore in the Caribbean. However, the Golden Palms resort turns out to be less idyllic that hoped for when fellow guest Major Palgrave dies soon after arriving. Antony Sher plays wheelchair-bound Jason Rafiel, who is press-ganged into being Miss Marple’s helper. Robert Webb, Charity Wakefield, MyAnna Buring, Hermione Norris and Warren Brown line up for questioning.

• If you’re a huge fan and bit of an expert on any of ITV’s best-loved crime series, then Cactus TV may want to put you in the hot seat on air. Cactus are the people who are putting together the season of ITV3 programming that will accompany this autumn’s build-up to the Crime Thriller Awards, which recognise the best TV crime shows and authors. They would like to hear from crime devotees who have extensively cased out shows such as Inspector Morse, Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Lewis, Poirot, Rebus, Taggart, Broadchurch or Midsomer Murders. You could be bloggers, book club members, run fan sites or fanzines – in which case, you may be asked to go into the studio to show off your knowledge. Other experts, such as scriptwriters, will also be called on and one idea being considered is to have a quiz element pitting the fans against the scriptwriters. Anyone who fits the bill can put themselves forward by email to Roxanne at Cactus TV – roxanne.liley@cactustv.co.uk

• We have two copies of The Fall on DVD to give away. The series starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan has just had viewers glued to BBC2 for the last five weeks in a powerful tale of a detective hunting a serial killer in Belfast. The Fall is released on DVD by Acorn Media on 17 June (rrp £19.99, cert 15). To be entered into a prize draw to win a copy, all you have to do is leave a comment or start a new topic on CrimeTimePreview’s brand new Forum.

RULES This offer is open to UK residents only. Prize Draw entrants must leave a comment or start a new topic on the CrimeTimePreview Forum; two names will be drawn on the closing date (Saturday, 22 June) and will be posted a free copy of The Fall. The selectee will need to provide their postal address. No prize alternatives. If anyone comments or starts a discussion but declines the The Fall DVD, an alternative winner will be selected. Good luck!

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