Dennis Potter's best work is widely regarded as the high-water mark of British television drama: Son of Man, The Singing Detective, Blue Remembered Hills and Pennies from Heaven. Published to mark eighty years since Potter's birth, this new anthology is a cache of rarely seen and often excoriating nonfiction, which elevates his standing as a journalist and critic to match his undisputed brilliance as a dramatist.
About the Author
Dennis Potter (17 May 1935 - 7 June 1994) was an English television dramatist, screenwriter and journalist. Beginning with contributions to BBC television's The Wednesday Play anthology series from 1965, he peaked with The Singing Detective (1986), a BBC TV serial for which he is best remembered. This work and many of his other widely acclaimed television dramas mixed fantasy and reality, the personal and the social and often used themes and images from popular culture. Potter was an influence on such creators as Steven Bochco, Alan Ball, Andrew Davies, Charlie Kaufman, Peter Bowker, Margaret Edson and Alain Resnais. His work has been the subject of many critical essays, books, websites and documentaries. BBC Four marked the tenth anniversary of Potter's death in December 2004 with a major series of documentaries about his life and work, accompanied by showings of Pennies from Heaven and The Singing Detective, as well as several of his plays. His influence has also extended into popular music, and he has been cited by bands such as Manic Street Preachers, Franz Ferdinand and Elbow.