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Monday, 20 August 2012

THE world of crime fiction waits in suspense ahead of the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2012, the UK's premier celebration of all things crime fiction.

The awards, taking place in a star-studded ceremony at London's Grosvenor House, Thursday 18 October 2012, have become the most coveted in the field. Crime fiction writers, actors, producers and directors are all clamouring for a Dagger - the more criminally-inclined Oscar®.

Few crime fiction fans could argue against the Scandinavians having made the genre their own in recent years. Norwegian Jo Nesbø, whose back catalogue has made a successful transition onto the big screen, has this year been shortlisted in the Specsavers Best Seller Dagger category.

Nordic favourites The Bridge, The Killing and the Hollywood remake of Stieg Larrson's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo are highlights of the Film and TV Dagger shortlists.

Shortlisted home-grown writers include Stuart MacBride, Ann Cleeves and Anthony Horowitz, while Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Appropriate Adult, Sherlock, Line of Duty and Whitechapel represent the UK in the TV and Film Dagger picks. 

Dame Mary Perkins, Specsavers founder, said: 'As someone who personally enjoys a bloodcurdling read, it's been a pleasure to be a part of the Crime Thriller Awards, almost since their very beginnings. Last year's Awards were another great success and we're very proud to be involved in this annual showcase of world class writing, acting and production.'

The awards will be broadcast on ITV3 on Tuesday 23 October 2012 and are the culmination of a six week season of crime and drama programming, which will include a specially commissioned documentary series called Crime Connections. The series starts Saturday 8 September 2012 on ITV3, focusing on specially selected crime writers.

Further awards, in association with Cactus TV, ITV3 and the Crime Writer's Association (CWA), include the CWA Gold Dagger for the Best Crime Novel of the Year, the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the Best Thriller of the Year, and the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for the Best New Crime Writer of the Year.

Last year's Daggers winners included Peter James, S. J Watson and Tom Franklin, with Film and TV daggers awarded to Idris Elba for his performance in Luther, Sofie Gråbøl for The Killing, and True Grit (Film Dagger 2011), among others.

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For further information from Specsavers, please contact Gareth Anderson at Beattie Communications on tel: 020 7053 6000 or email: nationalspecsavers@beattiegroup.com.

Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Specsavers


Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards

The Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2012 will take place on Thursday 18 October at London's Grosvenor House Hotel and will be televised on ITV3 on Tuesday 23 October. The 2012 Awards are the fifth annual produced by Cactus TV for ITV3, and the fourth annual sponsored by Specsavers and in conjunction with the Crime Writers' Association.



Specsavers was founded by Doug and Dame Mary Perkins in 1984 and is now the largest privately owned opticians in the world. The couple still run the company, along with their three children. Their eldest son John is joint managing director. Specsavers has almost 1,600 stores throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain and Australia. Specsavers was voted Britain's most trusted brand of opticians for the eleventh year running by Reader's Digest in 2012. More information can be found at: www.specsavers.co.uk


Cactus TV

Cactus TV is a member of the ALL3MEDIA group and run by husband and wife team Simon andAmanda Ross. Productions include Saturday Kitchen for BBC1, Hairy Bikers Food Tour of Britain for BBC2, Rachel Allen, Galaxy British Book Awards and 8 years of the Richard & Judy show live from Cactus studios.



ITV3's focus on character driven narrative and drama helps the channel attract an upmarket audience - with 67% of ABC1 adults watching the channel in 2009. ITV3 is available on Freeview (channel 10), Freesat (115), Sky Digital (119) and Virgin Media (116).


Crime Writers' Association

The Crime Writers' Association has a membership of over 450 writers of fiction and non-fiction. Its main aims are to promote the crime genre and to support professional writers. The CWA has been providing social and professional support for its members for more than half a century, as well as administering the prestigious Dagger Awards. The Daggers name and Crossed Daggers logo are registered Trade Marks of the Crime Writers' Association, and are used under licence. For further information on the CWA: www.thecwa.co.uk or contact info@thecwa.co.uk.



Tickets for the televised Awards event on October 18 2012 will be limited (tables of 10 and individual tickets are available). For ticket information, please email Merric Davidson, Agile Marketing: merric@agile-ideas.com 


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