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The Singing Detective This is the unabridged original text of Dennis Potter s acclaimed six part television serial The narrative counterpoints life in a hospital ward of a writer crippled by a horrific skin disease with the plot of his atmospheric thriller to the point where fantasy and reality seem to exchange places The result is the most painful and disturbing screen drama of the s

About the Author: Dennis Potter

Dennis Christopher George Potter 17 May 1935 7 June 1994 was an English dramatist, best known for The Singing Detective 1986 His widely acclaimed television dramas mixed fantasy and reality, the personal and the social He was particularly fond of using themes and images from popular culture Such was his reputation that he convinced BBC 2 and Channel 4 to co operate in screening his final two works, written in the months he was aware of his impending death.Potter s career as a television playwright began with The Confidence Course, an expos of the Dale Carnegie Institute that drew threats of litigation Although Potter effectively disowned the play, it is notable for its use of non naturalistic dramatic devices in this case breaking the fourth wall which would become hallmarks of Potter s subsequent work Broadcast as part of the BBC s The Wednesday Play strand in 1965, The Confidence Course proved successful and Potter was invited for further contributions His next play, Alice 1965 , was a controversial drama chronicling the relationship between Lewis Carroll and his muse Alice Liddell Potter s most celebrated works from this period are the semi autobiographical plays Stand Up, Nigel Barton and Vote, Vote, Vote for Nigel Barton the former the tale of a miner s son going to Oxford University where he finds himself torn between two worlds, the latter featuring the same character standing as a Labour candidate his disillusionment with the compromises of electoral politics is based on Potter s own experience Both plays received praise from critics circles but aroused considerable tension at the BBC for their potentially incendiary critique of party politics.Potter s Son of Man The Wednesday Play, 1969 , starring the Irish actor Colin Blakely, gave an alternative view of the last days of Jesus, and led to Potter being accused of blasphemy The same year, Potter contributed Moonlight on the Highway to ITV s Saturday Night Theatre strand The play centred around a young man who attempts to blot out memories of the sexual abuse he suffered as child in his obsession with the music of Al Bowlly As well as being an intensely personal play for Potter, it is notable for being his first foray in the use of popular music to heighten the dramatic tension in his work Potter continued to make news as well as winning critical acclaim for drama serials with Pennies From Heaven 1978 , which featured Bob Hoskins as a sheet music salesman and was Hoskins s first performance to receive wide attention It demonstrated the dramatic possibilities old recordings of popular songs Blue Remembered Hills was first shown on the BBC on 30 January 1979 it returned to the British small screen at Christmas 2004, and again in the summer of 2005, showcased as part of the winning decade 1970s having been voted by BBC Four viewers as the golden era of British television The adult actors playing the roles of children were Helen Mirren, Janine Duvitski, Michael Elphick, Colin Jeavons, Colin Welland, John Bird, and Robin Ellis It was directed by Brian Gibson The moralistic theme was the child is father of the man Potter had used the dramatic device of adult actors playing children before, for example in Stand Up, Nigel Barton.The Singing Detective 1986 , featuring Michael Gambon, used the dramatist s own battle with the skin disease psoriasis, for him an often debilitating condition, as a means to merge the lead character s imagination with his perception of reality.His final two serials were Karaoke and Cold Lazarus two related stories, both starring Albert Finney as the same principal character, one set in the present and the other in the far future.Potter s work is distinctive for its use of non naturalistic devices The lip sync technique he developed for his serials with songs Pennies from Heaven The Singing Detective and Lipstick on Your Collar , extensive use of flashback and nonlinear plot

10 thoughts on “The Singing Detective

  1. says:

    I remember when this was first shown on television I remember the effect it had on me That television could be like that Here was something that proved television could be somethingthan mindless drivel Of course, I was wrong and The Singing Detective was just the exception that proves the rule This is a detective story with lots of clues and red herrings, but no solutions A fantastic idea and brilliantly handled A man suffering from a ho

  2. says:

    I haven t read many plays outside of Shakespeare and Tennessee Williams and the occasional Ionesco in college French classes, and now I m wondering why Reading The Singing Detective was a remarkable visualization experiment It s strange that, even though there are fewer words here to make a picture with in my mind, teverything appeared muchvividly to my mind s eye than I typical novel scene does to me, even if I ve never seen the television play

  3. says:

    Didn t have psoriasis but had eczema from head to toe throughout my childhood ahhh sob sob , I did sob, so this was on my page and my sympathy was heartfelt I also share a love of Raymond Chandler and this brought together physical memories and a love for mystery I also did a degree in podiatry and know something about the meds for psoriasis that can bring about delusions and general confusion, drink also helps Funny, rude and sardonic Loved the book, D

  4. says:

    I made my discovery of Dennis Potter by accident when thirteen the cusp of fourteen Now I m all vaginal coming of age story Thirteen was my weird age of Sweet Valley Twins not even the mature high school version , gorging on the classics, and obsession with Homicide Life on the Street when googling myself I ll still find my old teen hyper excited posts about Homicide It was true love, and makes me shudder what I d have written about Potter back then, if I d mad

  5. says:

    This is a beautiful book in its own right Most screenplays are blueprints for movies The Singing Detective is the exception The printed version of the script is a work of art Reading the script is a different experience from the viewing the film and just as compelling.

  6. says:

    Possibly the best play ever done for television Not an easy journey, as with Hide And Seek, and not for the faint of heart and mind, but a difficult life laid bare More a psychology text written by an English major.

  7. says:

    The best Tele play ever Notwithstanding the late Mr Potter s usual stock socialist characters, it all comes together here His finest work, and his epitaph.When first shown on BBC, it drew letters to the Times about shocking language, until a CofE Rev rebuked the lot, pointing out that this was among the most moving redemption stories he d ever seen Count me with the right Rev The Potter alter ego falls, and is re born, but the reader viewer gets a marvelous play within a play within a

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  9. says:

    I ve been rereading this script for almost thirty years and I m still digging new things out of it It s the story of Philip Marlow, failed novelist and psoriasis sufferer who is in hospital with his latest bout with the disease and how he spends his time reconciling his past life with what he is at the moment He s not a particularly likeable character but he is compelling and, as his inner life and history collide in the present day, he does know how to mix his genres effortlessly This is sti I ve be

  10. says:

    Dennis Potter is a writer s writer and for television, no less The Singing Detective isn t a quick and breezy ride it s meandering and inconsistent and painful yet often smirkingly funny It s got many different scenes and timeframes and one very unreliable narrator that results in something that s very meta in the end, and you can see where it informed the British Invasion of Comic writers.

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