Robert Fabian

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Robert Fabian
Born(1901-01-31)31 January 1901
Died14 June 1978(1978-06-14) (aged 77)
EmployerMetropolitan Police

Robert Honey Fabian (31 January 1901 – 14 June 1978) was an English police officer, who rose to the rank of Detective Superintendent in the Metropolitan Police.[1]

After retirement from the force, he worked as crime writer.[1] His work was dramatised in the BBC drama series, Fabian of the Yard,[1] based on his book of the same name (in reference to New Scotland Yard). Each episode ended with an epilogue in which Fabian described the real-life case on which the preceding story had been based.[1]

He subsequently wrote a somewhat salacious but revelatory account of Soho's vice trade in London After Dark.[2].

On March 12, 1957, he appeared on the game show, To Tell The Truth - he was correctly identified by the entire panel, with the exception of Carl Reiner.

Fabian appeared as a "castaway" on the BBC Radio programme Desert Island Discs on 20 February 1956.[3]


  • Fabian of the Yard. Naldrett Press. 1950.
  • London After Dark. Naldrett Press. 1954.


  1. ^ a b c d Paul Lawrence, 'Fabian, Robert Honey (1901–1978)', first published Sept 2010, doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/77433
  2. ^ Fabian, Robert (1954). London After Dark. The Naldrett Press.
  3. ^ "Desert Island Discs - Castaway : Robert Fabian". BBC Online. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2014.