Interviews with Nicholas Rhea
Father and Daughter
Tony Greenway interviewed Peter Walker (Nicholas Rhea) and daughter Tricia together for Yorkshire Life magazine; he has very kindly provided us with a transcript of his article, which you can now read on this web site.
Mick Scott interviewed Nicholas Rhea for the October 2006 edition of Go Local magazine. One of his questions was: Where did your pen-name come from? and here's the answer:
While I was still a serving policeman I got the chance to write a weekly countryman's diary, so I thought I'd better have a pen name. I used my grandfather's surname, which was Rhea, and took Nicholas from the name of a local saint where I came from - Nicholas Postgate - and put the two together to make Nicholas Rhea. When I started writing about a country policeman I used that country name.
Mick Scott has very kindly allowed us to make the entire interview available on this site. It is in PDF format, which you can view using the Adobe® Acrobat Reader. This is probably already installed on your browser; but if not you can download it (free) by clicking the icon (right).
Or listen to Nicholas Rhea talking about his life, his real name, the origins of the Constable series and whether that series will come to an end - not to mention its relationship with the Heartbeat series! All this and more in a new interview with The Yorkshire Post in its OutLoud series: and you can hear the 20 minute interview - or just read the background material - on its own dedicated page on the Yorkshire Post website.
Note: If you have trouble playing the interview by clicking the top link offered ("Listen now on your PC"), try clicking - NOT right-clicking - the second link ("Download and take with you...").
Jonathan Telfer interviewed Nicholas Rhea for Writing Magazine, in June 2005, and talked to him about the writing life:
It's a good life. Anybody can do it, if they really want. There's nothing more to it than just to keep writing.
Susie Holland interviewed Nicholas Rhea in February and June 1998, and learned all about the background to his career:
Nicholas Rhea is just the sort of refreshing, down to earth Yorkshireman you'd expect to meet propping up the bar in the Aidensfield Arms. It's hard to believe he is also the man who inspired the most successful drama series to have hit TV screens in recent times. In the UK alone, around 16.5 million people a week tune in to watch Heartbeat on a Sunday evening.