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The Devil's Churchyard

London: Max Parrish, 1957

Small 8vo, pp. 240. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt to spine. Illustrated dustwrapper. A near fine copy in a very good dustwrapper with a couple of small and unobtrusive closed tears to top edge, and with just a little loss to head of spine.

First edition, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 'All good wishes, Ted Willis, 1957'.

The BBC police series Dixon of Dock Green ran for twenty-one years from 1955. (Of the 432 episodes made, only 32 are known to survive.) At the centre of every episode was the kindly bobby George Dixon, played by Jack Warner. The character was first seen in the film The Blue Lamp (1950), where he was the victim of a shooting committed by a young Dirk Bogarde. The screenplay was written by T.E.B.Clarke from a treatment by Willis. He subsequently developed the character for television, and continued to write and supervise the show across three decades.

The publication of The Devil's Churchyard in 1957 coincided with the transmission of the show's third series , and was the first of four such 'tie-in' novels.

Keywords: Ted WILLIS"

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