Preview – Sleuths, Spies & Sorcerers: Andrew Marr’s Paperback Heroes

Sleuths, Spies & Sorcerers: Andrew Marr’s Paperback Heroes - Detectives
Sleuths, Spies & Sorcerers: Andrew Marr’s Paperback Heroes - Detectives (No. 1) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Chloe Penman

The BBC political journalist presents a new three-part series looking at some of our most loved works of fiction – i.e. the books we (really) read.

The opening episode looks at detective novels, past and present. Marr examines the role of the detective, and how it is able to take the reader into parts of society that most areas of fiction wouldn’t cover.

Marr interviews authors Ian Rankin and Val McDermid, examines classic detective fiction including Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poriot, as well as trying to get to grips with some of the famous set pieces in detective fiction, such as John Dickson Carr’s “locked room” mysteries.

Sleuths, Spies & Sorcerers: Andrew Marr’s Paperback Heroes is on BBC Four at 21.00 tonight.

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