Morse, Rebus, and now Mark Billingham's Thorne. The next superstar detective is already with us - don't miss him.’
Thorne on Screen
The six part series ³Thorne², first broadcast on Sky One, is based on the first two novels in the series Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat and I was thrilled with how it turned out. Aside from the wonderful David Morrissey, who has always been the actor I wanted to play Tom Thorne, the series featured Aiden Gillen, Eddie Marsan, Natascha McElhone and Sandra Oh: an amazing cast!
It remains to be seen if the TV incarnations of Thorne, Hendricks, Holland and the others have changed the way that readers see these characters when they are reading the books. After all, it is almost impossible not to associate John Thaw with Inspector Morse, however much he might differ from the character in Colin Dexter¹s books. It has certainly not changed the way I write, which is the most important thing.
As with any adaptation of a book, there were a number of changes in bringing these books to the screen, but I was happy with all of them. There are things you can do in a book that simply will not work on screen and it is impossible to make a four hundred page novel into three hours of television without condensing and cutting. So, there were significant differences in story and character, but I hope the programmes are not judged in comparison with the novels but as a series of films in their own right. Even if Thorne¹s cat does not make an appearance.
Another performer not making an appearance was the author himself, whose cameo as unnamed detective in the back of shot¹ did not make the final cut. This is why I gave up acting and became a writer