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Singing Detective – Symposium

The Singing Detective – 25th Anniversary Event
Saturday 10 December 2011
Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

The twenty-fifth anniversary of the six-part serial The Singing Detective , written by Dennis Potter and directed by Jon Amiel, occurs November-December 2011. The serial is regarded as a piece of landmark television because of its narrative complexity, generic hybridity and formal experimentation. It has inspired and influenced a range of subsequent television drama.

This one-day symposium will bring together a mixture of practitioners and scholars to explore the making of this ground-breaking production and to assess its subsequent influence upon television drama and the cinema. Confirmed participants include producer Ken Trodd, actor Patrick Malahide and the then Head of BBC Television Drama, Jonathan Powell. It is hoped that these will be joined by Michael Gambon and director Jon Amiel.

There will also be contributions from academics who have written about the serial, including John Cook (Glasgow Caledonian University), Timothy Corrigan (University of Pennsylvania) and Glen Creeber (University of Wales, Aberystwyth), and screenwriters who have been influenced by Potter’s innovative television drama, including the writer of Blackpool, Peter Bowker.

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