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The Singing Detective: BBC TV mini-series (Disc 1 of 3) (1986)

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Director:

Dennis Potter

Starring:

Alison Steadman, Janet Suzman, Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, Patrick Malahide, Michael Gambon

Genres:

Drama, UK Premier, Thriller, Television, Film Noir, Music

Origin:

United Kingdom

Certificate:

MA

Running Time:

360 min

The Singing Detective: BBC TV mini-series (Disc 1 of 3)

synopsis


From one of the great experimentalists of TV drama comes a compellingly original tour-de-force which mingles fantasy and reality with haunting hit songs of the 1940's. The award-winning The Singing Detective, acclaimed as Dennis Potter's masterpiece, is a dazzlingly entertaining and multi-layered mystery thriller with a distinguished cast. Wracked by a terrible skin disease, the unsuccessful writer Phillip Marlow (Michael Gambon) looks cynically back on life from his bed in a busy National Health hospital, fantasising himself into one of his own pulp thrillers as a crooning '40's detective enmeshed in a baffling murder case. But memories of his wartime childhood keep intruding – as do songs like 'Blues in the Night', 'Dry Bones' and 'Cruising Down The River'. Unwillingly, Marlow agrees to talk to a psychotherapist – and, slowly, the clues begin to add up. But to what?

member reviews

 
Potter magic
Rennie
02 October 2009
member rating

Dennis Potter's masterpiece first screened on TV in 1986. Groundbreaking and still highly watchable.


 
 

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