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Dennis Potter at London Weekend Television, Vol 2

Synopsis
A collection of three of Dennis Potter’s plays made for London Weekend Television that have been unavailable for nearly forty years: Shaggy Dog, Moonlight on the Highway and Lay Down Your Arms. Accompanied by two interviews Potter did for the South Bank Show in the late 1970s.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2007
Year of production
1965-1986
Subjects
Drama; Media studies
Keywords
Potter, Dennis (1935-1994); television drama

Credits

Writer
Dennis Potter
Contributor
Dennis Potter

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£99.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
1665 minutes
Year
2007

Sections

Title
Moonlight on the Highway
Synopsis
Stars Ian Holm as an obsessive fan of the popular 1930s singer Al Bowlly, who visits a doctor complaining of sleeplessness and the troubling memories of childhood abuse. After being brushed off with antidepressants, he breaks down during a meeting of the Al Bowlly Appreciation Society. The play introduces many of Potter’s trademark themes, including loss of innocence, extensive use of flashbacks, the relationship between sexuality and guilt - as well as the prominent use of popular music. Made in 1969. Broadcast in the ‘Saturday Night Theatre’ strand.

Title
Lay Down Your Arms
Synopsis
Potter would later rework the second play, LAY DOWN YOUR ARMS (1970), as LIPSTICK ON YOUR COLLAR (1993). Featuring a young protagonist working in MI3’s translation bureau during the Suez Crisis (as did Potter), its themes of disillusionment, antiestablishment sentiment and sexual embarrassment are similarly autobiographical.Broadcast in the ‘ITV Saturday Night Theatre’ series on ITV on 23/5/1970.

Title
Shaggy Dog
Synopsis
SHAGGY DOG (1968) stars John Neville as Mr Wilkie, a prickly businessman being interviewed for a job with a hotel chain by an unconventional management consultant who seeks to throw him off by wearing a blonde wig and a comic red nose. Attempting to get to the end of a joke, Wilkie finally snaps, with disastrous results. Broadcast on ITV on 10/11/1968.

Sponsor

Name

London Weekend Television

Distributor

Name

Network

Email
shop@networkonair.com
Web
http://networkonair.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01992 657707
Address
19-20 Blythe Road
Berghem Mews
Hammersmith
London
W14 0HN
Notes
Founded in 1997, Network specialises in distributing niche television programmes, predominantly licensed from Granada Ventures and Fremantle. They have recently branched into feature film distribution. Sale via retail outlets or direct via Network’s website, which has some’web exclusive’ offers.
 

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