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Singing Detective, The

Synopsis
Dennis Potter’s television mini-series that combines fantasy and reality with hit songs from the 1940s. Stars Michael Gambon as an unsuccessful thriller writer who is hospitalised with a terrible skin disease and escapes from his misery into one of his own pulp thrillers, into which his childhood memories keep intruding. DVD extras include excerpts from 1998 documentary "Close up: Dennis Potter under the skin"; "Arena" & Points of View segments; Director / Producer Commentary
Series
Play for Today, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2004
Year of production
1986
Notes
Also available combined with other Potter productions for the BBC on a DVD entitled THE ESSENTIAL DENNIS POTTER. Price £99.99. Ref no. BBCDVD1739
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
drama in English; Potter, Dennis (1935-1994); television drama

Credits

Director
Jon Amiel
Producer
Kenith Trodd
Writer
Dennis Potter
Cast
Dennis Potter 
Janet Suzman 
Joanne Whalley 
Michael Gambon 
Patrick Malahide 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£19.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
392 minutes
Year
2010

Production Company

Name

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

2 Entertain Video

Email
DVDenquiryline@bbc.com
Web
http://www.2entertainvideo.co.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7612 3000
Fax
020 7612 3003
Address
BBC Worldwide
33 Foley Street
London
W1W 7TL
Notes
Specialises in distributing archival film and television titles, predominantly licensed from the BBC (the principal shareholder is BBC Worldwide). Sale on DVD through retail outlets. As of 2016 2Entertain is being gradually wound down and its output reduced. If something is not available via them it is advisable to try the BBC Store at https://store.bbc.com/
 

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