Martin Short (author)

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Martin John Short (22 September 1943 27 August 2020) [1] was a British TV documentary producer and author. He is best known for his exposés on organized crime and on Freemasonry.



After reading history at Cambridge University, Short worked from 1969 to 1984 on major current affairs programmes for the ITV companies Thames Television, Granada and London Weekend Television (on the Lebanon) and for Channel 4's Dispatches series (on the international arms trade). In 1998 he presented Charlie Richardson and the British Mafia for Longshot Productions and Channel 4. Short has also completed a television series based on his 1989 book Inside the Brotherhood (Further Secrets of the Freemasons), for the ITV network with Twenty Twenty Television and Granada. [2]

As a result of his work on Freemasonry, Short made an extended appearance on Channel 4's After Dark television discussion series, and in 1989 was praised by then Labour MP Max Madden in his UK House of Commons Early Day Motions numbers 672 [3] and 673. [4]

Short wrote, produced and narrated the prize winning [2] ITV documentary series on the Mafia in America, Crime Incorporated. To accompany the series he also wrote Crime Inc.: A History of Organized Crime in America. In addition to feature articles for The Times, The Spectator, New Statesman, Punch and Time Out, he co-authored (in 1977) The Fall of Scotland Yard about police corruption in London. [2]


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  1. Martin Short obituary
  2. 1 2 3 Page three of Inside the Brotherhood (Further Secrets of the Freemasons), Grafton Books, 1989
  3. Hansard debate by Max Madden, MP for Bradford South, Hansard , 6 April 1989 "That this House congratulates Martin Short on the publication of his book, Inside the Brotherhood; notes that the honourable Members for Ilford South, Croydon South, Chichester, Erewash, Banbury and Belfast North told Mr. Short they were Masons; further notes that Mr. Short believes that the honourable Members for Bury South, Reading East and Keighley are Masons; and finally notes Mr. Short reveals the Masonic Lodge to which Right honourable and honourable Members, Parliamentary Officers and staff belong is called the New Welcome Lodge (5139), which was consecrated in 1929 and meets five times a year at Freemason's Hall in London, and that Parliamentary Journalists who are Mason's belong to the Gallery Lodge (1928).] "
  4. "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 6 Apr 1989".