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Potter on Potter (Directors on Directors)
If one writer embodies the unique character of British television drama, it is Dennis Potter. Pennies from Heaven and The Singing Detective amply demonstrate how far he has pushed the frontiers of television drama. In the course of this book, British television's pre-eminent playwright - latterly a novelist and film-maker - talks with passionate erudition, disarming candou ...more
Paperback, 171 pages
Published June 1st 1994 by Faber & Faber
(first published 1993)
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Dennis Potter wrote two of the greatest British TV limited series: "The Singing Detective" and "Pennies From Heaven." And Pennies became a great and weird film with Steve Martin - but nevertheless Potter in a long conversation goes into the thoughts behind his work and it's fascinating how he uses 'pop culture' as part of the work. I think he was an one-of-a-type genius. He's missed that's for sure.
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 ...moreMore about Dennis Potter...