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
Genres 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

10 part radio drama, an adaption of his Crime and Punishment novel. Broadcast on BBC radio 4's afternoon play slot (2013).[2][3]

Terry Sneed

  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)
  5. Law and Order (1983)

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

  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)

Also

For the Greater Good (3 Episodes, BBC, 1991):[5]

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

And

  • The Healer (2 Part TV Movie, BBC, 1994)[6]

10x10

Series Eight, Episode 9

  • Woe to the Hunter (1996)[7]

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)

Novels

  • Billy (1972)
  • The Abduction (1972)
  • The Player and the Guest (1972)
  • Three Professional Ladies (1973)
  • Split (1973)
  • The Streetfighter (1975)
  • Guv'nor aka Trade-Off (1978)
  • The List (1979)
  • The Obsession (1980)
  • Charlie and Joanna (1981)
  • Men with the Guns (1982)
  • Set a Thief (1986)
  • Testing Ground (1987)
  • Circle of Poison (1995) (Originally published (1992) as 'Trading the Future' -see below)
  • Crime and Punishment (2009)
  • The Exorcist (2010)

Plays

Genre Fiction

References[edit]

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