Singing Detective

Directed By: Jon Amiel Starring: Michael Gambon

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One of the best dramas ever produced by the BBC!

by peterlbowles@gmail.com on 9/10/2005

I have seen this series so many times ( First on British TV, then I bought it on video and now on DVD ) and still I find something new. It is a densely layered and entertaining drama. There really is nothing it can be compared with, Dennis Potter was a one-off and, rightly so, 'The Singing Detective' was hailed as one of his masterpieces. Read More

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Product Overview

A gripping murder mystery! A lavish musical!! An intense psychological thriller! A warped romance!

Dennis Potter's legendary, award-winning masterpiece is all this and more. It's the story of Philip Marlow (Michael Gambon), a mystery writer stricken with a crippling skin disorder whose hallucinations interweave memories of his past with the murder mystery in his book, The Singing Detective, the story of a suave sleuth who croons with a big band when he's not cracking cases.

Hailed by critics and audiences as one of the greatest television productions of all time, this collector's edition DVD set of The Singing Detective has been restored to its original brilliance and features insightful bonus features that give viewers a rare glimpse into the brilliant mind of Dennis Potter.

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Studio Warner
SKU 40218082
UPC 794051169921
UPC 14 00794051169921
Format DVD
Release Date 8/22/2006
Rating NR
Keywords
British
Detectives
Film Noir
Mystery
Psychodrama
Recommended
Surreal
Thriller
Editors Note
Note The complete collection of veteran BBC scribe Dennis Potter's surreal musical mystery mini-series, which finds hack writer P.E. Marlow adrift between reality and the world of his gumshoe magnum opus, "The Singing Detective," as he suffers in hospital from a rare skin disease. Six episodes include "Skin," "Heat," "Lovely Days," "Clues," "Pitter Patter," and "Who Done It."
Reviews
Wall Street Journal "[A] six-hour masterpiece that was broadcast by the BBC. Many people consider this the greatest series ever to appear on TV." 01/29/2010
Directors
Jon Amiel
Actors
Michael Gambon
Cast & Crew
Joanne Whalley - Star
Janet Suzman - Star
Michael Gambon - Star
John Harris - Producer
Dennis Potter - Screenwriter
Jon Amiel - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1986
Catalog ID 1699
UPC 00794051169921
Number of Discs 3
Running Time 420 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
1.33:1 [4:3]
Features
DVD, Gift Set, Box Set
Product Attributes
Actor Gambon,Michael
Label BBC Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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One of the best dramas ever produced by the BBC! by peterlbowles@gmail.com on Sep 10, 2005

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