Hark! The 87th Precinct Podcast-logo

Hark! The 87th Precinct Podcast

Comedy Podcasts >

Between 1956 and 2005, Ed McBain (1926 - 2005) wrote 55 novels set in the detective division of the 87th Precinct. His revolutionary style of Police Procedural narrative had a massive impact on the cultural landscape of literature, film and TV. We're taking a sequential (and usually SILLY) look at the books and associated films and TV.

Between 1956 and 2005, Ed McBain (1926 - 2005) wrote 55 novels set in the detective division of the 87th Precinct. His revolutionary style of Police Procedural narrative had a massive impact on the cultural landscape of literature, film and TV. We're taking a sequential (and usually SILLY) look at the books and associated films and TV.
More Information

Location:

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Description:

Between 1956 and 2005, Ed McBain (1926 - 2005) wrote 55 novels set in the detective division of the 87th Precinct. His revolutionary style of Police Procedural narrative had a massive impact on the cultural landscape of literature, film and TV. We're taking a sequential (and usually SILLY) look at the books and associated films and TV.

Language:

English


Episodes

Hark! Solo-pod: Short Stories - Roger Lasagna?

7/19/2019
More
Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast bonus stopgap, er, thing... Just so you don't go mad waiting to hear Paul's dulcet tones again, here's a short episode that takes a quick trek around his bookshelves looking at collections of short-stories he loves and then an examination of Ed McBain/Evan Hunter's story collections in a little more detail. We appreciate it's taken a little longer than usual to get round to the next 87th Precinct book, so this is offered by way of a little...

Duration:00:34:55

Ed McBain's Sadie When She Died - Episode 26, Bonus: The Chimp Looks Great

6/25/2019
More
HARK! It's an 87th Precinct bonus podcast. Learn everything about 1972, the year in which the 26th book in the 87th Precinct series was published, in our bonus episode. Albums, Singles, Films, TV... and we do manage to talk about Ed McBain and the books as well. We investigate our copies of the book and look at the original editions - find everything on our Instagram page - and decide on who we're putting forward for our fantasy-casting of the unluckiest cop in the squad - Detective Bob...

Duration:00:34:43

Ed McBain's Sadie When She Died - Episode 26: Played By An Ocelot

6/20/2019
More
H*A*R*K It's an 87th Precinct podcast! The year is 1972 and Gerald Fletcher has just come home to find his wife eviscerated on the bedroom floor and his apartment burglarised. Luckily the police catch the burglar. Case solved? Well, not quite. Carella becomes Columbo in this tale of identity, betrayal, lost and found (and lost again) loves at Christmas in the Eight-Seven. [This episode marked as 'Explicit' due to some of the words taken from this book...] Paul, Morgan and Stevo discuss the...

Duration:00:52:08

Side-Pod - Rocket To Luna - Your Eyebrows Ran Away

6/9/2019
More
IGNITION! It's an 87th Precinct Side-Pod. Strap on your heavy metal space boots, take a sip from your feeding tube and hail that space taxi - we're launching into orbit and beyond in this special edition all about the Richard Marsten science-fiction book Rocket To Luna. Another story in the Winston Science Fiction range (as with Danger: Dinosaurs), Rocket To Luna sees Marsten/Hunter speculate on what could happen on the first trip to the moon in the far off year of 1983, imagine what it...

Duration:00:48:38

Ed McBain's Hail, Hail, The Gang's All Here! - Episode 25, Bonus: Orange Orange Orange

5/29/2019
More
Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Bonus Episode. Well, here we are with our usual look at the book covers of the original US and UK editions of this 1971 story, followed by the now-displaced exploration of the year (music, movies, politics, infrastructure) for the benefit of all of you who can't wait to hear people trying to guess which "Carry On..." movie came out, again. Find the photos of the covers and other stuff at our Instagram feed: www.instagram.com/hark87podcast We then move into...

Duration:00:35:54

Ed McBain's Hail, Hail, The Gang's All Here! - Episode 25: A Little Bile

5/22/2019
More
Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast! It's celebration time for the eight-seven, because this is the twenty-fifth book in the series and McBain has invited ALL of the detectives to come along. Experience a night and a day in and around the precinct, with tales of murder, criminal damage, missing persons and dutch ghosts. You know, the usual party stuff. In this episode we forgo our usual examination of the year it was published (it's coming in the bonus episode though) and focus on this...

Duration:00:55:52

Ed McBain's Jigsaw - Episode 24, Bonus: Bald At Home

4/23/2019
More
Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Bonus Episode. We follow up our examination of the twenty-fourth 87th Precinct book with our usual run-down of the original editions as released in the US and UK and then we turn our attention to the important business of 'Casting The Eight-Seven' - this time we look at the listener suggestions for who could play Lieutenant Peter Byrnes. For the next episode we'd like you to get thinking about who you'd cast as the star of Jigsaw - Detective Arthur...

Duration:00:29:55

Ed McBain's Jigsaw - Episode 24: Lascivious Scares

4/17/2019
More
Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast. Well, we've done it everyone - we've made it to the Seventies and the first book of that decade is JIGSAW - Detective Arthur Brown is on a quest to locate all the pieces of a sliced-up photograph and ends up with a pile of dead bodies along the way, as well as the loss of his trousers. A tricky tale to read with modern eyes in parts, thrill to the amazing sound of three polite, liberal men stumbling around issues of race, sexuality and sex as expressed...

Duration:00:58:21

Hark! Solo-pod: Ed McBain Magazines and Comics

3/29/2019
More
Hark! It's an 87th Precinct extra-special bonus side-pod podcast! Inspired by a query about a particular magazine from the 1970s by the author Sarah Weinman on Twitter, I fell down a research rabbit-hole and have emerged clutching a whole bunch of information about the various attempts at 'spinning-off' from the 87th Precinct. The early sixties saw the emergence of Ed McBain's Mystery Book and the 87th Precinct comic and the seventies brought us Ed McBain's 87th Precinct Mystery Magazine....

Duration:00:21:13

Ed McBain's Shotgun - Episode 23, Bonus: John Candy and The Borrowers

3/20/2019
More
Hark! It's an 87th Precinct bonus episode. We're back for our follow-up to the main podcast all about the gruesome story from 1969, Shotgun. As always, we kick off with a look at our editions, including a near lethal huffing for Stevo, and then reveal the original UK and US designs for the book and the mysterious Canadian Star Weekly release. Find these photos on our Instagram feed here. Then we get stuck into the main business of the day - Casting the Fantasy 87th Precinct series - Phase...

Duration:00:24:56

Ed McBain's Shotgun - Episode 23: Belly Preston

3/15/2019
More
Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast The cops of the Eight-Seven are often dealing with some pretty messy crimes and this book, Shotgun, has one of the messiest. Join Carella, Kling, Meyer and Hawes as they tackle two shootings and a stabbing, with plenty of hep-cat beat poetry thrown in along the way. There's also a nice reward for the series reader here, as book 19, He Who Hesitates, bleeds into the story. Alongside our usual discussion of 1969 in music, film, TV and politics, we have an...

Duration:00:58:50

Sidepod: Fuzz (1972) - Nourish A Vagrant

2/25/2019
More
Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Sidepod! In this episode, Paul is joined by fan-of-Burt-Reynolds and podcaster (in that order?), John Rain. You can find info about John's fantastic James Bond and Michael Caine podcast, SMERSHPOD through the Twitter page and keep an eye open for John's new podcast, All Rather Mysterious, which aims to solve the mysteries of the past, in the presence of comedians Eleanor Morton and David Reed. John and Paul got together to chat through the 1972 film version of...

Duration:00:55:21

Ed McBain's Fuzz - Episode 22, Bonus: A Ginger Sniff

2/18/2019
More
Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Bonus Episode! Welcome back to 1968 and Ed McBain's "FUZZ". In this episode we, of course, take our traditional look at the original covers of the UK and US editions, as well as the film tie-in cover, and discuss/huff our own rather battered copies of the book. Visit our Instagram for photos and more McBain content as well. We get stuck into our delayed-from-the-main-episode Quiz of 1968, during which we're driven mad by the notion of the most exciting...

Duration:00:27:15

Ed McBain's Fuzz - Episode 22: Chewing A Donkey

2/11/2019
More
Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast! Even the most prolific writers need a year off, and so we've skipped past 1967 in our wait for the next 87th Precinct novel, and arrived in 1968 with "Fuzz". This book, one of the better known of the series, sees the return of the squad's nemesis, The Deaf Man! In this episode we explore how McBain uses the real world of politics to inform the 87th Precinct, find out all about decoy cops and consider the weird decisions made when publishing American...

Duration:00:56:40

Ed McBain's Eighty Million Eyes - Episode 21, Bonus: Bees or Capsules?

1/15/2019
More
Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Bonus Podcast! Hullo again - here we are with our usual extra-slice of McBain-ing, where we take our usual look at the publishing history and the front covers of the first editions of the book, in this case 1966's Eighty Million Eyes, as well as letting you know what we've been reading and, most importantly, how they smell. Stevo is at his most huffingly poetic in this. We then tackle a listener question about formats for adapting the 87th Precinct and then jump...

Duration:00:27:56

Ed McBain's Eighty Million Eyes - Episode 21: Full Hovercraft Details

1/10/2019
More
Hark! It's the 87th Precinct Podcast. Well, it's January 2019, but we want to drag you over the time-platters back to 1966 and the twenty-first entry into the 87th Precinct series, Eighty Million Eyes. The novel itself is made up of two intertwined 'novelettes' and we look at the publishing history of the stories in their original form and then explore some of the features that make up the published work. The on-screen death of a TV star sends Meyer and Carella into a Witness chasing frenzy...

Duration:01:02:51

Side Pod: Danger: Dinosaurs! - A Slimy Assistant

12/30/2018
More
ROAR! It's an 87th Precinct Side-pod. Come with us now as we skate over the surface of time, bumping back through the years to 1953 and to the story, DANGER: DINOSAURS! by Richard Marsten. Evan Hunter, king of pseudonyms, wrote a few juvenile fiction/Sci-fi books early in his career of which this is one such lizard-filled example. Taking time-travel as a starting point, Hunter/Marsten brings us Goodies, Baddies, Monsters, Mayhem, Machinations and a Singing Chef. Who could ask for...

Duration:01:04:19

Side Pod: 87th Precinct Line Of Duty - Good Hat Acting

12/19/2018
More
Hark! It's an 87th Precinct side-pod! We jump time-streams from the 87th Precinct of the written-word to the 87th Precinct of the acted-world, as we explore the fifth episode of the NBC TV series (1961-62) based on Ed McBain's stories. McBain/Hunter himself only wrote three teleplays for the series. Two were based on books but this one, Line Of Duty, was an original story. Paul shares what he's found out about the story and we speculate on how it relates to the broader concept and series...

Duration:00:51:59

Ed McBain's Doll: Episode 20, Bonus - Rabbit or Darth Vader

12/6/2018
More
Hark! It’s an 87th Precinct Podcast Bonus Episode! Our focus is on the covers of our editions of Ed McBain’s twentieth 87th Precinct novel, Doll and we discuss those as well as the original release covers of the US and UK editions. Book Huffing is discussed in ludicrous detail and Stevo reveals his love for supergroup “Book Huffington and The Huffers” as we descend even further into Bonus Episode madness. We also tackle some listener questions both McBain based and personal. Join us soon...

Duration:00:24:50

Ed McBain's Doll: Episode 20 - A Surprise Roger

11/29/2018
More
Hark! It’s an 87th Precinct Podcast! Welcome back to 1965 and to the savage and strange world of “Doll” – the 20th novel in the series. We have a look at the context in which it was released by exploring the Christmas charts and television of that year, with an exclusive Dave Clark Five rendition thrown in as well. Paul shares some intriguing research linking McBain with the espionage writer Eric Ambler and we share another mutual passion as we talk about Joseph Wambaugh. Oh – we go on...

Duration:00:54:00