Black Jack Justice & Trixie Dixon

Created by "Martin Bracknell" (pseudonym of Gregg Taylor)

OTR-style dicks go podcastin!'

Part of the Decoder Ring Theatre series of podcasts, Black Jack Justice is their foray into the style of the tough guy detective radio dramas of the forties, and it's plenty of fun, if occasionally a little more over-boiled than hard-boiled.

BLACK JACK JUSTICE is a grizzled World War II vet, a former sniper, your typical post-war dick; a hard-bitten, hard-drinking gumshoe who spits out wisecracks in a steady stream. His partner in crime is TRIXIE DIXON, a seen-it-all "girl detective" who's more than capable of keeping up with her boss when it comes to wisecrackery.

It's all a little over the top at times, but deliberately so, with the first-person narration split between the two, who try to outdo each other in the audio scenery-chewing department. So be careful: some of the double entendres are real groaners. Still, it's all done with such affection and zeal that both OTR and hipper-than-thou post-irony fans should get a kick out of it.

The original Black Jack Justice was a stage comedy written by OTR fan Gregg Taylor that revolved around a very bad day on an old time radio show. The writer, Martin Bracknell, wakes up from a drunken stupor and realizes there is no script for the episode about to air, and has the panicked cast frantically tmaking it up as they go.

When Taylor decided to begin producing radio dramas for podcasting as part of the Decoder Ring Theatre, he resurrected Black Jack Justice as a series character. He must have liked the character -- he ended up writing every episode, and also wrote a couple of novels featuring Black Jack and Trixie, and well as all the Tales of the Red Panda episodes (also on Decoder Ring Theatre) and the accompanying books. He's also the author of a stand alone P.I. novel, Finn's Golem (2012).

All the Black Jack Justice shows are available for free download through the Decoder Ring Theatre Website and can also be subscribed as an RSS feed. The show ran for eleven seasons, but on the September 1, 2016 show, it was announced that the twelfth and final season would consist of an audiobook-style adaptation of the first novel, with Christopher Mott and Andrea Lyons alternating reading chapters. Taylor's explanation was that ""Chris Mott told me he was going to have to... sign a union card," effectively ending the series.

Taylor went on to explain, "I never wanted to do a final episode for Black Jack. It doesn't feel like it needs one... I felt like if it had to end...the best ending would be to go back to the beginning and do their very first case together, which is the story of the first novel."

PODCASTS

  • BLACK JACK JUSTICE
    (2006--, Decoder Ring Theatre)
    Debut: January 7, 2006
    Created by Martin Bracknell
    Written and directed by Gregg Taylor
    Starring Christopher Moth as BLACK JACK JUSTICE
    and Andrea Lyons as TRIXIE DIXON
    With the additional voices of Shannon Arnold and Gregg Taylor

  • Season One
  • "Justice Served Cold" (January 7, 2006)
  • "Justice for Some (January 21, 2006)
  • "Justice is Blind" (February 4, 2006)
  • "Justice Delayed" (February 18, 2006)
  • "Justice Incorporated" (March 4, 2006)
  • "Justice's Holiday" (March 18, 2006)
  • "Justice Be Done" (June 24, 2006)
  • "Justice and the Deluge (July 8, 2006)
  • "No Justice" (July 22, 2006)
  • "Hammer of Justice" (August 5, 2006)
  • "Justice in Love and War" (August 19, 2006)
  • "Justice and the Happy Ending" (September 2, 2006)

  • Season Two
  • "The Purloined Format Caper" (December 30, 2006)
  • "The Trouble with Doubles" (January 13, 2007)
  • "How Much is That Gumshoe in the Window?" (January 27, 2007)
  • "The Beefsteak Botheration" (February 10, 2007)
  • "Palookaville Express" (February 24, 2007)
  • "Mixed Blassings" (March 10, 2007)

  • Season Three
  • "Payback" (December 15, 2007)
  • "Sabien's Law" (December 29, 2007)
  • "Trixie's Pet" (January 12, 2008)
  • "The Reunion" (January 26, 2008)
  • "Much Ado About Norman" (February 9, 2008)
  • "Dance, Justice, Justice" (February 23, 2008)

  • Season Four
  • "A Midsummer's Night Noir" (December 13, 2008)
  • "The Do-Nothing Detective" (December 27, 2008)
  • "The Family Jewels" (January 9, 2009)
  • "No News is Good News" (January 23, 2009)
  • "The Problem of the Perplexing Pastiche" (February 6, 2009)
  • "Now Who's the Dummy?" (February 20, 2009)

  • Season Five
  • "Requiem for an Elf" (December 4, 2009)
  • "Stormy Weather" (December 18, 2009)
  • "The Stopped Clock" (January 1, 2010)
  • "The Devil you Know" (January 15, 2010)
  • "Small Mercies" (January 29, 2010)
  • "Journey's End" (February 12, 2010)

  • Season Six
  • "Hush Money" (November 30, 2010)
  • "Auld Lang Syne" (December 14, 2010)
  • "Cops and Robbers" (December 31, 2010)
  • "The Albatross" (January 14, 2011)
  • "Man's Best Friend" (January 31, 2011)
  • "The Sky's the Limit" (February 14, 2011)

  • Season Seven
  • "Mad Dogs and Ambulance Chasers" (September 14, 2011)
  • "Some Kinda Lucky" (October 14, 2011)
  • "The Score" (November 14, 2011)
  • "A Simple Case of Black and White" (December 14, 2011)
  • "To the Manor Born" (January 14, 2012)
  • "The Mark Two Caper" (February 14, 2012)

  • Season Eight
  • "Jawbone of an Asp" (September 14, 2012)
  • "Two is Too Many" (October 14, 2012)
  • "Those Who Wait" (November 14, 2012)
  • "The More Things Change" (December 14, 2012)
  • "The Late Mr. Justice" (January 14, 2013)
  • "The Empty Desk" (February 14, 2013)

  • Season Nine
  • "Home Fires" (September 14, 2013)
  • "Death and Taxes" (October 14, 2013)
  • "The Chesire Cat" (Novemver 14, 2013)
  • "Home for the Holidays" (December 14, 2013)
  • "The Big Time" (January 14, 2014)
  • "The Learner's Permit" (February 14, 2014)

  • Season Ten
  • "The Rat Trap" (September 1, 2014)
  • "Strange Bedfellows" (November 1, 2014)
  • "My Heart Belongs to Mummy" (January 1, 2015)
  • "The Road to Hell" (March 1, 2015)
  • "The One That Got Away" (May 1, 2015)
  • "Full Fathom Five" (July 1, 2015)

  • Season Eleven
  • "The Dead Duck" (September 1, 2015)
  • "The Born Loser" (November 1, 2015)
  • "As the Northern Stars" (January 1, 2016)
  • "Chess Pains" (March 1, 2016)
  • "The Policy" (May 1, 2016)
  • "Date Night" (July 1, 2016)

  • Season Twelve
  • "Black Jack Justice" (January 7-July 29, 2017)...Download the podcast

30-chapter serialization of the 2012 novel, read by Christopher Mott and Andrea Lyons.

NOVELS

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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