Full disclosure here: I am a producer on the podcast I’m about to big up and show some love to. If you think that’s a conflict of interest, then fair enough. But I’m going to mention it because I think might be genuinely of interest to readers of this blog. Series one saw the likes of Val McDermid, David Morrissey, Kris Marshall, Ben Miller, Erin Kelly, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and Ann Cleeves, all chatting merrily to the podcast’s host, award-winning crime writer, Mark Billingham. Now UKTV has launched series two – today (Wednesday) in fact – and the nine-episode run has some fantastic guests lined up.
The series kicks off with legendary Scottish crime writer, Ian Rankin, who talks about his iconic creation, DI John Rebus. Twenty-seventeen sees the 30th anniversary of Rebus, so it seemed like a good time to catch up with Ian and talk to him about all things Rebus.
In the episode, Ian talks about how Rebus came to be, how personal circumstance inspired his work, how his character has changed over the years and what’s going to happen to Rebus in the coming years.
Also in the episode, there’s an interview with crime writer Stav Sherez.
Other guests in series two include Belinda Bauer, Sarah Hilary, Laura Lippman, creator of The Wire, David Simon, Mark Gatiss, Karin Slaughter and Lee Child.