Panel Borders: Exploring The Murder Mile

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Continuing a month of shows about comics and controversy, Alex Fitch talks to graphic novelist Paul Collicutt about his book The Murder Mile, published by SelfMadeHero, which centres on a murder set against the spectacle of Roger Banister running the four minute mile, an event that has reached its 60th anniversary earlier this month.

Alex and Paul discuss how the book combines the latter’s interests in running and film noir and how the author used a real life event to tell a tale of organised crime and sports betting. Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton.


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Sample pages from The Murder Mile. Art © Paul Collicutt

Sample pages from The Murder Mile. Art © Paul Collicutt


The Guardian described Paul’s novel  as “a beautifully illustrated detective story that unfolds alongside the race to break the four-minute mile. The Murder Mile is like Chariots of Fire as rewritten by Raymond Chandler, a mash-up that is completely delightful on the page.”  

“Collicutt’s watercolour artwork is a glorious tribute to the splashy élan of Fifties advertisements and cigarette cards,” enthused The Telegraph, “and there’s no shortage of impressive scene-setting, from widescreen sequences at the Normandy landings to evocative renderings of Jet Age streets, diners and stadiums.” 


Paul is offering this stunning poster of famous mile record holders through his online shop. Art © Paul Collicutt

Paul is offering this stunning poster of famous mile record holders through his online shop. Art © Paul Collicutt

An athlete, artist and chairman of Brighton Phoenix AC, Collicutt is a former training partner of one of Britain’s supermilers – Steve Ovett. He recently created a stunning poster celebrating mile world record-holders, available at

• Panel Borders: Exploring The Murder Mile airs at 4.30pm, Monday 19th May 2014 (repeated Thursday at 11.00am) on Resonance 104.4 FM, London / streamed at / podcast at

Resonance is installed at the Science Museum’s Media Centre from Tuesday 20th May until Sunday 15th June inclusive, and are broadcasting from there from 2.00 until 5.00pm each day. This means quite a few changes in the schedule. See for more details

• Paul Collicutt’s blog is at

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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