The gentleman who brought us all together, Twitter's very own Lieutenant Columbo and myself have been thrashing out an idea for the last few weeks: a definitive Columbo book, written by the fans. To include: production history; reviews; interviews. And if anyone has any other bright ideas for inclusion, we are open to suggestions.
It will be self-published via Lulu.com, which costs nothing.
I have been collecting behind-the-scenes information on the series for many years and looking for the perfect place to include it. This seems ideal.
Columbo, created by Richard Levinson and William Link, is of course the property of Universal Studios. But there is no copyright in writing about a subject. We won't be able to include photographs, sadly, but if we make sure the content is exemplary, I don't see why this can't be a first rate publication. And speaking of which - artistic contributions would be very welcome, too, given that we cannot use official photos.
|"The Columbo Phile" by Mark Dawidziak (Mysterious Press, 1989)|
We must credit Lewis Christian first and foremost for this idea. His “Celebrate, Regenerate” – a 50th anniversary Doctor Who review book by fans – gave us the impetus. Last year he invited DW fans to contribute, and earlier this year the book was published, entirely off Lewis’s own back, to great acclaim. If you haven't seen it, it's superb and believe me, you really would like to see a similar volume about the good Lieutenant C.
|Lewis Christian's Doctor Who 50th Anniversary fan project|
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE
The way we'll do this is: contributors choose what episode or episodes they want to write about. Two viewpoints per ep would give a nice balance, so there should be plenty up for grabs.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest and get commissioned.
We encourage as many people to as possible to contribute – the more the merrier and of course, everyone will be credited for their work. As the Tweet-a-longs prove, you've all got plenty of interesting things to say about the show!
RULES FOR SUBMISSION
Choose an episode or episodes to write about from the list below and, as I said, email us at email@example.com. We'll indicate the episodes as they are taken. For now, we'll say please try and contact us by Saturday 14th December to express interest.
The word count is up to you, but a maximum of 600 words.
The format? Well, again that’s really up to you but basically it should be a structured review explaining why you like (or don’t like) the episode in question. By all means choose an episode you don't like! I think the book should be critical if required. Write about the story, writing, direction, acting, and maybe add a personal touch if you wish. What Columbo means to you, etc.
So no strict rules. And any bright ideas for something else you'd rather contribute? We're listening! But we would like all the episodes to be reviewed so that the book feels complete.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS
I suggest a deadline of three months from now – so let’s say Friday 28th February 2014 for completion. This is open to renegotiation if people are having difficulties.
Please do contribute folks! The finished product will be fantastic, we promise, and a fitting tribute to the late, great Peter Falk and everyone else who helped to make the wonderful Columbo.
Any further questions? Anything really obvious we've missed? Let us know via the email address, or Lieutenant Columbo and myself can be found on Twitter.
Thanks to you all!
Update 7.12.2013 - Still lots of interest - thank you - but plenty of episodes still up for grabs! A tentative title for the book: "Peter Falk as COLUMBO: Celebrating TV's Greatest Detective". Alternative suggestions very welcome.
THE EPISODES TO CHOOSE FROM...
TV Movie (1968):
Prescription: Murder - 1 reviewer
Ransom For A Dead Man
Season One (1971-2):
Murder By The Book
Death Lends A Hand
Dead Weight - 1 reviewer
Suitable For Framing - 1 reviewer
Lady In Waiting
Short Fuse - 1 reviewer
Blueprint For Murder
Season Two (1972-3):
Etude In Black - 1 reviewer
The Greenhouse Jungle
The Most Crucial Game
Dagger Of The Mind - 1 reviewer
Requiem For A Falling Star
A Stitch In Crime
The Most Dangerous Match - 1 reviewer
Season Three (1973-4):
Lovely But Lethal
Any Old Port In A Storm - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Candidate For Crime - 1 reviewer
Double Exposure - 1 reviewer
Publish Or Perish - 1 reviewer
Mind Over Mayhem - 1 reviewer
Swan Song - 1 reviewer
A Friend In Deed
Season Four (1974-75):
An Exercise In Fatality - 1 reviewer
By Dawn's Early Light - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Playback - 1 reviewer
A Deadly State Of Mind
Season Five (1975-76):
Forgotten Lady - 1 reviewer
A Case Of Immunity
A Matter Of Honor - 1 reviewer
Now You See Him
Last Salute To The Commodore - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Season Six (1976-77):
Fade In To Murder - 1 reviewer
Old Fashioned Murder
The Bye Bye Sky-High I.Q. Murder Case - 1 reviewer
Season Seven (1977-78):
Try And Catch Me - 1 reviewer
Murder Under Glass
Make Me A Perfect Murder - 1 reviewer
How To Dial A Murder
Columbo Goes To The Guillotine - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Murder, Smoke, And Shadows
Sex And The Married Detective
Grand Deceptions - 1 reviewer
Murder, A Self Portrait
Columbo Cries Wolf
Agenda For Murder
Rest In Peace, Mrs Columbo
Uneasy Lies The Crown
Murder In Malibu
Columbo Goes To College - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous To Your Health
Columbo And The Murder Of A Rock Star
Death Hits The Jackpot
No Time To Die - 1 reviewer
A Bird In The Hand ...
It's All In The Game
Butterfly In Shades Of Gray - 1 reviewer
Undercover - 1 reviewer
Strange Bedfellows (1995)
A Trace of Murder (1997)
Ashes to Ashes (1998) - 1 reviewer
Murder With Too Many Notes (2001) - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Columbo Likes the Nightlife (2003) - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)