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101 Best TV Crime Series [Paperback]

Mark Timlin
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18 Nov 2010
In this shamelessly personal view of the 101 Best TV Crime Series, Mark Timlin has taken the straightforward approach of including any crime show that he's enjoyed since he was small. Classics range from Z-Cars to Hill Street Blues, The Professionals, The Bill and Callan - as well as 77 Sunset Strip and Highway Patrol. Packed with information and curious facts, there is nostalgia aplenty, sharp opinions and plenty to dispute - this book is the perfect jumping off point for readers to sort out their own personal Top Tens.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: NO EXIT PRESS (18 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842433504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842433508
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In over twenty years as an author, Mark Timlin has written some thirty novels under many different names, including best selling books as Lee Martin, innumerable short stories, an anthology and numerous articles on diverse subjects for various newspapers and magazines.

He has made a few friends, many enemies, of whom he is most proud, and drank a good few bars dry. His serial hero, Nick Sharman, who appears in Stay Another Day, has featured in a Carlton TV series, starring Clive Owen, before he went on to become a Hollywood superstar.

Mark lives in a Docklands penthouse with a panoramic view across the River Thames of his beloved south London. He drives a massive Lincoln Town car, collects old vinyl, crime novels, music magazines, while watching far too much daytime TV and DVD box sets.

He is currently working on Gangsters Widows, the new Lee Martin novel and Bad Guys, Spies & PI's: 101 Best TV Crime Shows

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'Immoral, wildly enjoyable book' --The Times

'Packed with information and curious facts, there is nostalgia aplenty, sharp opinions and probably much to disagree with and dispute' --Barry Forshaw, Crime Time

About the Author

In over twenty years as an author, Mark Timlin has written some thirty novels under many different names, including best selling books as Lee Martin, innumerable short stories, an anthology and numerous articles on diverse subjects for various newspapers and magazines.
He has made a few friends, many enemies, of whom he is most proud, and drank a good few bars dry. His serial hero, Nick Sharman, who appears in Stay Another Day, has featured in a Carlton TV series, starring Clive Owen, before he went on to become a Hollywood superstar.
Mark lives in a Docklands penthouse with a panoramic view across the River Thames of his beloved south London. He drives a massive Lincoln Town car, collects old vinyl, crime novels, music magazines, while watching far too much daytime TV and DVD box sets.
He is currently working on Gangsters Widows, the new Lee Martin novel and has recently completed 101 Best TV Crime Series.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Filled With Errors & Not Much Meat on the Bone 23 May 2011
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Let me state at the outset than I am a fan of Timlin's books, so if I had a bias going in, it was a favorable one. That didn't last long.

The pluses are that Timlin, a top-notch mystery author himself, is a real fan of the genre and he writes in a casual, easy-going style. As a whole, the book provides a nice overview of a bunch of British series and a handful of US ones that might not be familiar to most UK viewers.

The cons, however, far, far outnumber the pluses. Apparently, Timlin's actual knowledge of the shows he's talking about isn't as strong as his admiration for them...and nobody bothered to fact-check the book, so it is filled with cringe-inducing errors and unfortunate omissions.

For example:

1) he refers to the lead of THE FUGITIVE as Dr. David Kimble when, of course, everyone knows it's Dr. RICHARD Kimble.
2) He says the iconic IRONSIDE theme was composed by Oliver Nelson when it's actually among Quincy Jones' most famous pieces of music (Nelson supplied some of the episodic scores, but didn't compose the theme).
3) He says that the Quinn Martin shows had a voice over that went "This has been a Quinn Martin Production" when, in fact, each show opened with the narrator announcing the name of the series, followed by the words "A Quinn Martin Production."
4) He says LIFE ON MARS began with DCI Sam Tyler walking down a Manchester street, listening to David Bowie on his iPod, when he's hit by a car. That is, in fact, totally incorrect, making this reader wonder if Timlin actually saw the show he was writing about.
5) When discussing HARRY O, he says the hero was an ex-LA cop. He was actually an ex-San Diego cop.

I could go on and on. Beyond the numerous errors, there's also a lack of detail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book, well worth a place on your shelves 24 Jan 2011
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pbk out November 10 (No Exit Press) at 9.99
2010: a good year, not just for the roses, but for Mark Timlin too? First, amongst the opening salvo of titles from the new MaxCrime imprint came the welcome reissue of Answers From the Grave, his best book. Retitled Guns of Brixton, it featured an ending just a smidgeon less bleak than the 2004 version. Then came Stay Another Day (2010), in which Nick Sharman returns from his Caribbean exile after a 10-year gap (apart from his historical bit part in AFtG) in response to an appeal for help from his daughter, D.I. Judith Sharman. It has its moments but not the best of the series, I'd say - go back to earlier titles like Take The A Train, The Turnaround, and don't forget the excellent short story volume Sharman and Other Filth (1996). Stay however was particularly notable for the stunning finality of its concluding chapters.
Now comes this little gem, Timlin's own personal choice of 100-odd crime series from more than 50 years of TV, plus 21 `out-takes' that didn't quite make the cut. If (like me) you are missing the pith and pungency of Timlin's published crime reviews, only rarely featured these days in his alma mater, the Independent on Sunday (anything to do with those Russians in Stay?), then look no further. My wife and I metaphorically punched the air as I read out his comment (under Life on Mars) on Ashes to Ashes, the follow-up series featuring Keeley Hawes. "I lasted ten minutes of the first episode " Timlin remarks, "and turned over to something on Channel Five."
But I'm getting ahead of myself. The book's subtitle is Bad Guys, Spies and Private Eyes. Prepare yourselves therefore for the more hard-boiled end of the TV spectrum? Not a bit of it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Overview of UK Shows, But Filled With Errors & Omissions 23 May 2011
By Lee Goldberg - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me state at the outset than I am a fan of Timlin's books, so if I had a bias going in, it was a favorable one. That didn't last long.

The pluses are that Timlin, a top-notch mystery author himself, is a real fan of the genre and he writes in a casual, easy-going style. As a whole, the book provides a nice overview of a bunch of UK series that are probably obscure and unfamiliar to most U.S. viewers.

The cons, however, far, far outnumber the pluses. Apparently, Timlin's actual knowledge of the shows he's talking about isn't as strong as his admiration for them...and nobody bothered to fact-check the book, so it is filled with cringe-inducing errors and unfortunate omissions.

For example:

1) he refers to the lead of THE FUGITIVE as Dr. David Kimble when, of course, everyone knows it's Dr. RICHARD Kimble.
2) He says the iconic IRONSIDE theme was composed by Oliver Nelson when it's actually among Quincy Jones' most famous pieces of music (Nelson supplied some of the episodic scores, but didn't compose the theme).
3) He says that the Quinn Martin shows had a voice over that went "This has been a Quinn Martin Production" when, in fact, each show opened with the narrator announcing the name of the series, followed by the words "A Quinn Martin Production."
4) He says the UK LIFE ON MARS began with DCI Sam Tyler walking down a Manchester street, listening to David Bowie on his iPod, when he's hit by a car. That is, in fact, totally incorrect, making this reader wonder if Timlin actually saw the show he was writing about.
5) When discussing HARRY O, he says the hero was an ex-LA cop. He was actually an ex-San Diego cop.

I could go on and on. Beyond the numerous errors, there's also a lack of detail. For instance, when referring to KOJAK, he mentions the 2005 remake with Ving Rhames but either completely overlooked, or was totally unaware of, the six KOJAK TV movies Savalas did on CBS, and later ABC, a decade after the original series was cancelled. In fact, almost all the entries suffer from a paucity of useful information in favor of irrelevant, personal asides by the author ("Oddly enough, it was 'Hill Street Blues' that got me my first video recorder; back when it started, I was offered a job driving a loser heavy metal band called 720. The show had just started and I took the job o the condition that the manager paid for the hire of a VCR. He agreed. Blimey the thing was the size of a suitcase...") Maybe Timlin is a celebrity in the UK, and the readers there are more interested in his asides than information about TV cop shows, but it doesn't play on this side of the pond.

One other beef...I found Timlin including his own series, SHARMAN, among the best TV Crime Series to be more than a little self-indulgent (although he didn't write the entry, he had someone else do it, which only makes the inclusion feel even more self-serving). If only he'd given all the other series mentioned in the book the same loving attention as he did his own (he gives THE SOPRANOS three tiny paragraphs, but the short-lived SHARMAN gets four pages!).

Overall, unless you can get this book at a major discount, I'd skip it.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Survey of (Mostly British) TV Crime Series! 20 May 2011
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
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Author Mark Timlin offers up his take on the 101 BEST TV CRIME SERIES in this 2010 release from No Exit Press. Sub-titled BAD GUYS, SPIES & PRIVATE EYES, Timlin's book surveys the "crime show(s) that I enjoyed since I was a nipper," which is a dead give-away about his choices. Since he's a Brit, most of the shows covered are BBC, ITV, etc. creations.

First off, I have to confess I was "at sea" regarding most of the shows found in his book. Mention of DEPARTMENT S, INSPECTOR GEORGE GENTLY, GOLD ROBBERS, 55 DEGREES NORTH, MINDER, PUBLIC EYE, THE SWEENEY, MESSIAH, etc. drew a blank. I enjoyed the sections on DANGER MAN, THE AVENGERS and RUMPOLE OF THE BAILEY but as far as the others: Never saw 'em, know zip about 'em. The American listings included HIGHWAY PATROL, HARRY O, 77 SUNSET STRIP, NYPD BLUE, HAWAII FIVE-O, M SQUAD, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, THE SOPRANOS and so on. A concluding chapter on 'The Best of the Rest' spotlighted such shows as I SPY, KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER, HUSTLE, PAUL TEMPLE, THE PRISONER, etc.

Each show rated a write-up ranging from a half-page to two pages in length. Production history info was given along with main actors/writers/producers, broadcast history, runtime, availability on DVD and weblinks along with an often witty summary and appraisal by Timlin.

Frankly, had I known 101 BEST TV CRIME SERIES was top-heavy with U.K. titles, I wouldn't have purchased the book. As is, it was of limited enjoyment to me. If you're a big fan of British crime shows though, you'll probably like Timlin's book. Your call, folks.
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