The Television Crimebusters Omnibus

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Cover image: The Television Crimebusters Omnibus, 1994Editor Peter Haining

Country UK
Format Hardback
Publisher Orion Books
Publication Date 1994
Original Price UNKNOWN
ISBN 1857979486

The Television Crimebusters Omnibus is a collection of short stories and extracts from various television tie-in novels and novelisations. What's a Ghoul Like You Doing in a Place Like This? is written by Peter Leslie and features John Steed and Tara King.

Clockwise from top left, the pictures on the cover are: Jimmy Nail in Spender; Helen Mirren as Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect; Telly Savalas in Kojak; Peter Falk in Columbo; and finally Mark McManus in Taggart.

Other Editions

Cover Image: The Television Crimebusters Omnibus, Orion Books, 1994 The Television Crimebusters Omnibus
UK | Paperback | Orion Books | 1994 | 1857979494

Cover Image: The Television Crimebusters Omnibus, Orion Books, 1995 The Television Crimebusters Omnibus
UK | Paperback | Orion Books | 1995 | £5.99 | 185797736X
This edition featured a change to the photos on the front cover, presumably as both Mark McManus (Taggart) and Telly Savalas (Kojak) had died since the previous edition in 1994. The new line-up (clockwise from top left) was now of Jimmy Nail in Spender, Peter Falk in Columbo, Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect and John Thaw in Inspector Morse.

Taggart... Columbo... The Sweeney... Spender

Cops on the box have become some of the highest rated TV series all over the world. In this outstanding collection, Peter Haining has assembled stories about the most famous and long-running of these police series, ranging from the earliest black and white episodes of cult favourites such as The Fugitive to major features such as Cagney and Lacey, Inspector Alleyn and, the most recent addition to their ranks, the formidable Chief Inspector Jane Tennison of Prime Suspect.

Here is half a century of crimebusters complete with full information about the series they inspired and the actors who have made them famous. The perfect companion to Peter Haining's earlier bestselling collection, The Armchair Detective, this is a collection no television crime buff should be without.

Cover Image: The Television Crimebusters Omnibus, Bounty Books, 2003 The Television Crimebusters Omnibus
UK | Paperback | Bounty Books | 2003 | £9.99 | 0753708329
This is the only edition of The Television Crimebusters Omnibus which actually features a photograph from The Avengers on the front cover. Somewhat predictably for a Peter Haining anthology, it manages to depict Steed and Emma, rather than Steed and Tara... From left to right, the series shown are The Avengers, Starsky and Hutch and Columbo.


Avengers Annual

  • What's a Ghoul Like You Doing in a Place Like This? is taken from the third and final Avengers annual to be published by Atlas Publications (see right) — all of the stories from which featured Steed and Tara King.
  • Peter Leslie co-wrote the Avengers novels Deadline and Dead Duck with Patrick Macnee, as well as contributing a number of titles to the ranges of original novels based on the US sci-fi TV series The Invaders and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

This information used to be hosted on The UK Sci-Fi TV Book Guide; our thanks to Kieran Seymour for allowing us to host it here, and to those who contributed to that site.