In February 2021, a new production company, Buddy Productions, which is owned by British actor Keeley Hawes, acquired screen rights for a TV series for his book Mr Evil (also titled Mr Evil on the Streets) about David Copeland, who was convicted of murder for the 1999 London nail bombings. The book was co-authored by Nick Lowles, a former editor of Searchlight (magazine) and founder of Hope not Hate, which campagns against racism.  Copeland targeted black, Asian and LGBT communities (the latter at the Admiral Duncan (pub)). Three people died and 140 were injured. 
McLagan was educated at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne, and was a reporter on the Newcastle Journal and the Daily Mail in London before joining the BBC, becoming Home Affairs correspondent. He won a Royal Television Society award in 1996 for his coverage of the Arms-to-Iraq affair and was commended in 1998 for "Bent", a Panorama (British TV programme) on police corruption.
In 2003, his book Bent Coppers examined how Scotland Yard set up an anti-corruption "Ghost Squad" to combat corruption in the Metropolitan Police and the South East Regional Crime Squad. He and his publisher Orion Publishing Group were sued for libel by a former policeman but won the case in October 2007 in the Court of Appeal.  The court said of McLagan that "as a result of his honesty, his expertise on the subject, his careful research and his painstaking evaluation of a mass of material, the book was protected." 
In 2005, he published Guns and Gangs about gun crime throughout the UK.
- Killer on the Streets (2000)
- Bent Coppers (2003)
- Guns and Gangs (2005)
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