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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.
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United Kingdom

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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.

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English


Episodes

Ed McBain's Give The Boys A Great Big Hand - Episode 11: Dropping A Steam Engine Onto A Battleship

12/4/2017
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**Hark! It's the 87th Precinct Podcast.** Ten books and four years into the 87th Precinct series, and we've reached 1960 and the grisly but gripping tale of severed appendages, rainy weather and missing musicians. Along the way you can learn about the great fashions on offer at "Urban Suburban", the history of UK publishers T V Boardman and hear Stevo morph briefly into a pensive lion. We do our review of music and culture for 1960 and reveal the shocking secrets of Jeff Lynne's...

Duration: 00:50:03


Side-Pod - Star Trek Assignment Earth: DISCO BEAR

11/14/2017
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**Hark! It’s an 87th Precinct Podcast Sidepod!** We slip time-streams today and end up in the 23rd Century before being whizzed straight back to the 20th Century, 1968 to be precise, as we look at what could have been Star Trek’s swan-song. The episode “Assignment: Earth” was the final episode of season two of Star Trek at a time when the show was threatened with cancellation. This episode was intended as a back-door pilot for a new spin-off. So how does this relate to the gritty and...

Duration: 00:54:18


Ed McBain's King's Ransom - Episode 10, Bonus: As If It 'Twere A Serpent's Tongue

11/8/2017
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**Hark! It's the 87th Precinct Podcast Bonus Episode!** Join in again with our first birthday party, as we muse on Party Blowers, bakelite telephones and unidentified oscillators, the 87th Precinct TV series episode "King's Ransom" and answer some listener questions and queries. We discuss whether there should be a British novelisation of a Tollywood version of a Bollywood version of a Japanese Version of this American book. Everyone's favourite peculiarly-accented ghost, Groff...

Duration: 00:27:28


Ed McBain's King's Ransom - Episode 10: Worthy Of A Long Pause

10/30/2017
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Hark! It’s the 87th Precinct Podcast! …and it’s our birthday! A year since we began putting the podcast together. Have some cake! It was about 58 years ago when Ed McBain’s “King’s Ransom” was released, the tenth of the 87th Precinct mysteries, and the last to be published in the 1950s. In this episode we look at McBain’s moral compass, propose a theory about P G Wodehouse and contemplate the voice of grief-weasel Adrian Score. It’s such a good book, we’re not even that silly! Don’t...

Duration: 00:51:40


Ed McBain's 'Til Death - Episode 9: Simultaneous Slush Pump Discharge

9/13/2017
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**Hark! It's the 87th Precinct Podcast!** McBain's Matrimonal Madness as told through the story of Det. Steve Carella's Sister's Wedding in 'Til Death (1959). Funnily enough, the wedding does not go smoothly. Along the way we discover what the official units of measurement will be post-Brexit, hear a true-crime tale of wedding misfortune and become obsessed with nicknames for trombones. Please rate & review us wherever you listen! See you next time for "King's Ransom"!

Duration: 00:51:54


Ed McBain's Killer's Wedge - Episode 8, Bonus: We're Not Graphologists

8/21/2017
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**Hark! It's the 87th Precinct Podcast Bonus Episode!** Hello and welcome to the sound of three men comparing the letter 'r' for your listening pleasure! In this episode we follow up on the last episode discovery of artist Theo Ramos's name in Stevo's book (have a look at https://artuk.org/discover/artists/ramos-theodore-b-1928 for some examples of his work) and we take a further look at the 87th Precinct TV episode, Lady In Waiting (2 October '61), and revel in the intense eye-acting...

Duration: 00:19:32


Ed McBain's Killer's Wedge - Episode 8: Supernatural Elephant

8/7/2017
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**Hark! It's the 87th Precinct Podcast - Killer's Wedge!** Here we are again with the next story in the fabulous Police Procedural series and we've finally reached 1959 and the eighth book in the 87th Precinct series, Killer's Wedge. Along the way we talk about the TV episode from the adaptation in 1961, explore the Locked Room Mysteries of John Dickson Carr and draw parallels to a Transformers comic from 1984 and reveal what the S.I. unit of Desk Name-Plate measurements is. Join...

Duration: 00:50:22


Ed McBain's Lady Killer - Episode 7: Bernard Bresslaw Stars As Poirot

7/18/2017
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Hark! It's the 87th Precinct Podcast - Lady Killer (1958)! Yes, Lady Killer, not Killer's Wedge (that's next up!). We discuss the seventh novel in the sequence and along the way deal with the films and infrastructure developments in 1958 Britain, Paul has a Wine & Crime moment (www.twitter.com/wineandcrimepod), Stevo becomes possessed by the Heart of Paul Carrick and we sing ribald satirical songs in not-particularly tuneful ways. A bonus episode will be coming along soon - probably...

Duration: 00:53:30


Ed McBain's Killer's Payoff - Episode 6, Bonus: Bob Monkhouse & The Spanish Civil War

6/8/2017
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Hark! It's the 87th Precinct podcast BONUS EPISODE! Are you looking for: A rubbish story about shopping? The sound of some men smelling books? Impressions of Melvyn Bragg? Silly Robot Voices? Well, you've come to the right, er, podcast. We take our usual look at the covers of our books and then get a bit silly. Thanks for listening!

Duration: 00:18:59


Ed McBain's Killer's Choice - Episode 5, Bonus: Who and The What-Whats?

5/2/2017
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**Hark! It's the 87th Precinct Podcast Bonus Episode!** A bit of a bumper bonus episode, as we take our traditional look at the editions of the books we've got and examine how the book was adapted for the TV episode in 1961. Along the way we get some info wrong and Groff Conklin pops up as the Fact-Checking Ghost to set us right! Thanks for listening. Please continue to share, subscribe, review and get involved. Hark87Podcast@gmail.com

Duration: 00:15:47


Ed McBain's The Con Man - Episode 4: Who Wants A Crime? and A Cross Between Alan Moore and Bob Ross

3/13/2017
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Hark! It's the 87th Precinct podcast episode 4 - The Con Man! This time we're looking at the fourth novel (The Con Man - 1957) in the series and also looking at/comparing it to episode one of the 1961 TV series first episode, The Floater, which is adapted from this book. Along the way we get massively distracted by classic British police series, The Bill and develop a whole new and entirely implausible way to end the podcast. *This episode was originally in two parts - now combined....

Duration: 00:52:27


Ed McBain's The Pusher - Episode 3, Bonus: Book-Huffers

2/13/2017
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**Hark! It's the 87th Precinct podcast Bonus Episode!** We have a look at our editions of The Pusher - discuss their relevant smells and graphics, Paul tells another story about a bookshop and then we finish in time to go and do a pub quiz (which we won). Join us next time for The Con-Man!

Duration: 00:08:42


Ed McBain's The Pusher - Episode 3: Large McGann

2/4/2017
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**Welcome to Hark! Episode 3 - The Pusher!** The third of Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series - we look at what could have been the last one, had they not been the successes they were and we answer some entirely unrelated listener questions along the way. TECHNICAL NOTE - a problem with digital clicks plagues the second half of this podcast. I've fixed it up as best I can but I'm afraid you will notice it. SORRY! Solutions to prevent this in future are being pondered. FOLLOW US, LIKE...

Duration: 00:37:33


Ed McBain's The Mugger - Episode 2, Bonus: Knuckle Gusters and Listener Questions

12/23/2016
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**Hark! It's the 87th Precinct podcast Bonus Episode!** This month we look at the cover art for our editions of "The Mugger" and answer a LISTENER QUESTION! Please feel free to get in touch with questions of any nature and we'll answer them on the Podcast! If you listen on iTunes, please like, subscribe and maybe review!

Duration: 00:07:05


Ed McBain's The Mugger - Episode 2: Against Conventional Maths

12/20/2016
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**Hark! It's the 87th Precinct Podcast** with Episode Two - looking at Ed McBain's 1956 novel, the second in the series, "The Mugger". Bonus episode coming in a couple of days! Featuring Paul Abbott, Morgan Brown and Stephen Royston. If you're listening on iTunes please like, subscribe and/or review! Feedback appreciated however you access the Podcast.

Duration: 00:34:53


Ed McBain's Cop Hater - Episode 1, Bonus: Ken and Sandra Internet

12/2/2016
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**Hark! It's the first episode Bonus Material!** With each main episode we're intending, as an addendum, to look at the actual books we've got - compare editions, artwork and presentation. So, here's the first one. We all had the same (nearly) edition of Cop Hater, so we also look back to earlier releases. Thanks for listening. Book Two is "The Mugger"!

Duration: 00:07:13


Ed McBain's Cop Hater - Episode 1: Pigeon Stools and We Enjoy Apocrypha

11/22/2016
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**Welcome to Hark! The 87th Precinct Podcast.** This is our first podcast looking at Cop Hater (1956). Paul, Morgan and Stephen look at Ed McBain's background, what was going on in 1956 and start to set the scene for the book. Finally, we get into some detail about the book. This episode is probably longer than we intend for most of them, but as this is Book One and we're still talking about the genesis and background for the series, well, there you go. *N.B. This was originally...

Duration: 01:00:47


Hark! The 87th Precinct Podcast Theme

11/15/2016
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The theme-tune for our Podcast. Inspired by Morton Stevens iconic theme for the TV series based on the books, our tune takes a decidely surf-y turn, for no real reason.

Duration: 00:01:12