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Old 20-06-2013, 20:00
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Anyone else a fan of Dennis Potter and his works?
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Old 20-06-2013, 20:06
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First one I remember watching was Lipstick On Your Collar.

Some famous faces (or to be) in that.
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Old 20-06-2013, 20:07
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Is that Harry's brother ?
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Old 20-06-2013, 20:31
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The first time I was aware of him was with Pennies From Heaven.............which got me into 1930s music.........

Blue Remembered Hills was good

I did watch The Singing Detective but wasn't as keen on that. nor on Lipstick On Your Collar

I think he peaked in the late 1970s and Pennies From Heaven was his masterpiece.............
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Old 20-06-2013, 22:53
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I really enjoyed The Singing Detective on BBC4.
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Old 20-06-2013, 22:55
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Cold Lazarus was quite good, as was Double Dare; but he started out being ahead of his time, did not progress much, then ended up being behind the times, producing the same sort of stuff, without moving on.
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Old 21-06-2013, 00:44
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Cold Lazarus was quite good, as was Double Dare; but he started out being ahead of his time, did not progress much, then ended up being behind the times, producing the same sort of stuff, without moving on.
Well, that's what I call a biography!!
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Old 21-06-2013, 01:11
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Does anyone else remember Follow the Yellow Brick Road, a TV play from the early '70s, by Potter?
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Old 21-06-2013, 09:49
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Pennies from Heaven was a groundbreaking revolution in tv and I think The Singing Detective is his masterpiece. Pennies is challenging with the ambiguity of whether Arthur is innocent or a villain. The Singing Detective is very complex with multiple threads interweaving.
Lipstick is very entertaining with a good story and masterful characterisation, the acting and direction are impeccable.

Potter was a genius and his style is referenced regularly, just spotted a scene in Breaking Bad which could have been written by him.
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Old 21-06-2013, 10:35
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The Singing Detective was an amazing piece of television - I could watch it over, and over again an still see new things in it.

Absolutely loved most of his other stuff too, but I would agree with the analysis that he started off way ahead of his time & never really progressed. It was by copying/emulating his influences that many others in tv drama caught up and left him a bit behind. The same could be said (much more so) of Ken Russell in cinema.
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Old 21-06-2013, 11:21
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The tv interview he gave to Melvyn Bragg whilst dying from cancer was as good as anything he wrote in terms of capturing the human spirit and the things that can crush / inspire it.
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Old 21-06-2013, 12:54
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Hugely overrated. His ideas were novel but they weren't very good.
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Old 21-06-2013, 13:46
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I saw the Singing Detective when it was on BBC4 last year and didn't like it as much as I thought I would (being a fan of old film noir and pulp crime novels). Most of the characters were interesting, but it seemed to take an age to go anywhere and spent too much time repeating stuff we'd already seen. The writing was good, but the pacing turned me off.
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Old 21-06-2013, 13:56
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I found 'Blue remembered hills' astounding.
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Old 21-06-2013, 14:39
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Hugely overrated. His ideas were novel but they weren't very good.
Who overrates him? Me?
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