G. F. Newman

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G.F. Newman
Born (1946-05-22) 22 May 1946 (age 68)
Kent, England
Occupation Writer and television producer
Nationality British
Period 1970s–present
Genre Crime fiction and politics

Gordon Frank Newman (born 22 May 1946)[1] is an English television producer and writer. He is known for his two series Law and Order and The Nation's Health, each based on his books.

Recent TV series created by Newman include Judge John Deed and New Street Law. He is currently working on a follow-up to Law and Order, and a series of single plays for the BBC.

Newman's first book, Sir, You Bastard was a bestseller on publication in 1970. It was to become the first in a series of 3 works featuring the character of Terry Sneed, an unscrupulous Scotland Yard inspector. The second of these is You Nice Bastard and the third You Flash Bastard/ The Price. Other books he has written include Billy, The List, The Men with the Guns, Charlie and Joanna, Three Professional Ladies, Trading the Future, Circle of Poison, Law and Order, The Nation's Health, and his 2009 novel Crime and Punishment.

Together with screenwriter and novelist Matthew Hall he owns and runs the production company One Eyed Dog Ltd.

Writings in relation to personal views[edit]

Newman has very strong and sometimes controversial views on a variety of subjects, and these are reflected in his choice of subjects for writing.[1] He has little faith in conventional medicine, believing that alternative therapy is far more effective. He claims that doctors are not interested in prevention, and are too close to the interests of the major pharmaceutical companies in just releasing ever more powerful drugs. He does acknowledge the benefits of nursing though, and in The Nation's Health, a newly qualified doctor goes to work at an NHS hospital- with her training taking her through the hospital's various departments, her idealistic aspirations come under threat.

He is also not impressed by the police service. He joked that he would rather see community members wearing pink uniforms working to prevent disturbances in their own areas.[1]

He is also a devout vegan, and when producing or directing television programmes insists that no meat at all is consumed on the sets. He says he has no problem with the act of eating flesh in itself, but it is the attitude that because one species is stronger or more sophisticated than another it has the right to kill it which he is strongly against. Therefore if an animal died of natural causes and someone wanted to eat it he would have no problem with that.[1]

Having no political allegiance to either left or right wings, he once considered starting his own party on his passionate issues, but realized that getting over 600 strong candidates who completely agreed with all his views would be too tough.[1]

Bibliography[edit]

The Corrupted[2]

10 part radio drama, an adaption of his Crime and Punishment novel. Broadcast on BBC radio 4's afternoon play slot (2013).[3][4]

Terry Sneed trilogy

  1. Sir, You Bastard aka Rogue Cop (1970) ISBN 9780491002547
  2. You Nice Bastard (1972) ISBN 9780450011993
  3. You Flash Bastard aka The Price (1974) ISBN 9780450021114

Law & Order

  1. Detective's Tale (1977)
  2. Villain's Tale (1977)
  3. A Brief's Tale (1977)
  4. Prisoner's Tale (1977)

The Nation's Health (Channel 4, 1983)[5]

  1. Acute
  2. Decline
  3. Chronic
  4. Collapse

Screen One

Series One

  • Nineteen 96 (1989)

Series Four

  • Black and Blue (1992)

Screen Two

Series Five

  • Here is the News (1989)

For the Greater Good (3 Episodes, BBC, 1991):[6]

  • Member (1991)
  • Mandarin (1991)
  • Minister (1991)

And

  • The Healer (2 Part TV Movie, BBC, 1994)[7]

10x10

Series Eight, Episode 9[8]

  • Woe to the Hunter (1996)[9]

Judge John Deed

  1. Pilot (2001)
  2. Series 1 (2001)
  3. Series 2 (2002)
  4. Series 3 (2003–2004)
  5. Series 4 (2005)
  6. Series 5 (2006)
  7. Series 6 (2007)

Other Novels

Plays

Genre Fiction

The Nation's Health[edit]

The Nation's Health is a 4 episode series written by G.F.Newman, originally broadcast on the fledgling Channel 4 UK TV channel in 1983.

The series consists of four episodes that are, in order, titled: Acute, Decline, Chronic, and Collapse. In it we are faced with a maelstrom of political issues, illnesses, fatalities, personal greed and professional vanities. As may be clear from these titles, the series draws a relentlessly bleak view of the NHS in 1980s Britain. [10]

While each episode stands alone, the hospital, characters, and some strands of the stories are common through the series. The series presents a view of the NHS through the eyes of Dr. Jessie Marvill (Vivienne Ritchie), a young doctor at a fictional inner city teaching hospital, St Clair’s, who at this stage of her life is trying to work out what career path to take within the NHS. [11]


Reception

Sherryl Wilson[12] writes: Although the series is a negative critique of the NHS staff in general, it does also offer a damning insight into the policies that were seen to be disabling the NHS.[10]

In a BMJ abstract[11] one can read: How “little relation to reality” these programmes bore to the NHS in the early 1980s is up for debate, but something in these programmes smacks of truth, raising questions that still need to be asked of the NHS and its staff. Sherryl Wilson draws a comparison with conclusions from the 2009 enquiry into Stafford Hospital.[10] The BMJ abstract continues These programmes make fascinating if difficult watching, because they do not show the deference towards the medical profession and the NHS shown by previous British dramas such as Doctor Finlay’s Casebook, General Hospital, and Emergency—Ward 10 . Their gritty influence on later British medical dramas, such as Casualty can be seen clearly.[11]


Credits

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