‘What’s happening in Repton is criminal’ says festival director
Dr Ben Lamb, with the help of the ‘lab’ – Bagheera – explores the history and impact of TV crime drama from Dixon of Dock Green to Happy Valley at this year’s Festival.
Top crime writers, actors and academics are planning a heist at this year’s Repton Literary Festival this October. They will take over part of the three-day event to explore everything that is good about British crime drama.
Award-winning crime fiction writer Stephen Booth - creator of characters DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry - is part of a line-up which also includes novelist Caroline Bale and Game of Thrones! actor David Bradley who has appeared in several British TV crime dramas from The Professionals to New Tricks and Broadchurch.
To explore what it all means, Dr Ben Lamb, the UK’s leading expert on TV crime drama, will outline what the changes since Dixon of Dock Green in the 1950s up to Happy Valley now tell us about the way our world has moved on. His new book ‘You’re Nicked’ is published later this year.
“TV crime drama is hugely popular entertainment,” says Dr Lamb, “but it also reflects and perhaps even shapes the society we live in. In series like Line of Duty we see intense violence and the spotlight turn inwards on the police and police conduct, but we shouldn’t forget that even early editions of Dixon of Dock Green, in 1956, featured acts of police corruption. Z Cars in the 1960s depicted domestic abuse which reflected the times then.”
Festival director John Cavey is impressed with the line-up of speakers on show. “It is a veritable identity parade of talent across the three days of the event. It would be a crime to miss it,” he says.
Stephen Booth's talk will take place at 3.00pm on Saturday 26th October
Caroline Bale’s talk – the story of the psychotherapist – takes place at 1.45pm on Saturday 26th October.
Dr Ben Lamb’s presentation – You’re nicked by TV – is at 3.00pm on Saturday 26th October.