Friday, 21 October 2011

Third Degree: Mark Ellis

Debut author Mark Ellis in pulled into crimetimepreview HQ for questioning about his crime-viewing habits. Mark is a man with an interesting past. He was a barrister who went into business, developing a computer services company that was eventually sold for $250 million. His love of writing and passion for noir novels led him to produce Princes Gate, a thriller set in wartime London in which DCI Frank Merlin investigates the murder of a brilliant scientist.

Your favourite British crime series or thriller on TV?
Morse.

Favourite US crime series or thriller on TV?
Murder One.

Top TV cop?
Morse.

Which unfilmed book/character should be made into a TV drama?
Harry Hole (Jo Nesbo) – if there's a Norwegian series I haven't heard about it yet.

If one of your novels were filmed, who would you cast to be the hero?
Dominic West, or if you go back to old times Gregory Peck or Stanley Baker.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Harry Hill's TV Burp.

Do you prefer The Wire or The Sopranos?
The Sopranos.

Marple/Poirot or Sherlock Holmes?
Marple/Poirot.

Wallander – BBC or the Swedish version?
Swedish.

US or British television crime dramas?
British.

Your favourite crime/thriller writers?
Too many to mention but include Highsmith, Simenon, Michael Connelly, Le Carre, Graham Greene, James Ellroy, Jo Nesbo.

Favourite non-crime/thriller author?
Too many to mention but include Dickens, Tolstoy, Philip K Dick, Philip Roth, William Boyd (suppose he could be in both categories).

Favourite crime movie or thriller?
The Third Man/Strangers on a Train.

You’ve been framed for murder. Which fictional detective/sleuth would you want to call up?
Poirot.