The Life And Work Of Dennis Potter

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The Life And Work Of Dennis Potter

Author : W. Stephen Gilbert
ISBN : 9781468305616
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The first critical biography of the innovative television writer whose off-kilter creations helped spark the Golden Age of modern television. TV writer Dennis Potter is widely credited with revolutionizing television. The innovative shows he created for the BBC, including The Singing Detective and Pennies from Heaven, trailblazed new paths for genre-bending entertainment and demonstrated the creative possibilities of episodic television. Potter also adapted both of those shows into critically acclaimed major motion pictures: Pennies from Heaven starring Steve Martin, and The Singing Detective starring Robert Downey Jr. In The Life and Work of Dennis Potter, W. Stephen Gilbert analyzes Potter’s impressive body of work, emphasizing the dramatic interplay between his life and the medium he loved. At the age of twenty-four, Potter was diagnosed with psoriatic arthopathy, a rare debilitating skin disease whose horrors he portrayed with biting black humor through his alter ego, the character Michael Gambon in The Singing Detective. Gilber traces Potter’s career from its beginnings to his astonishing final interview to Melvyn Bragg, weeks before his death. Unforgettable for its honesty about life, work, and dying, the result was yet another gripping piece of television—and quintessential Dennis Potter. “[T]he late dramatist’s influence can be seen in many places, from Twin Peaks to Mrs. Brown’s Boys.” —The Guardian “Gilbert recalls the lacerating wit, passionate intelligence, and courage behind the television playwright responsible for The Singing Detective and Pennies from Heaven.” —Vanity Fair
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Dennis Potter

Author : John R. Cook
ISBN : 0719054230
Genre : Performing Arts
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This is a study of Potter's whole life's work, from early plays in the 1960s through to his final works in 1994. It includes interviews with top film practitioners and the writer himself, and should appeal to both the academic and general reader.
Category: Performing Arts

Fight And Kick And Bite

Author : W. Stephen Gilbert
ISBN : 0340640480
Genre : Dramatists, English
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Category: Dramatists, English

Dennis Potter Between Two Worlds

Author : Glen Creeber
ISBN : 9780230374652
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Dennis Potter is the most well-known, respected and controversial television dramatist Britain has ever produced. Plays and serials such as The Singing Detective and Pennies From Heaven received huge critical acclaim whilst always attracting audiences in their millions. This book will critically analyse both the strengths and the weaknesses of Potter's oeuvre, whilst investigating his status as both an 'author' and a 'celebrity'. Re-examining the drama, it foregrounds its ambiguities and contradictions, whilst clarifying the complex mixture of themes, styles and techniques that produced its distinctive and often provocative appeal.
Category: Literary Criticism

Changing Forest

Author : Dennis Potter
ISBN : 9781446466582
Genre : Fiction
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Dennis Potter was born and brought up in the Forest of Dean- a 'strange and beautiful place', as he described it in the last interview before his death, 'rather ugly villages in beautiful landscape, a heart- shaped place between two rivers, somehow slightly cut off from the rest of England... with a people as warm as anywhere else, but they seemed warmer to me.' It was a childhood which informed all his television work, from his first documentary to such classic dramas as The Singing Detective. The Changing Forest, first published in 1962, is Potter's deeply personal study of that small area- its people, traditions, ceremonies and institutions- at a time of profound cultural and social change in the late 1950s and early '60s. With extraordinary precision and feeling he describes the fabric of a world whose old ways are yielding to the new: habits altering; expectations growing; work, leisure, language itself changing under the impact of the new television, of commercial jingles and the early Elvis. And, with powerful sympathy and wit, he asks whether the gains of modernity have, for the individuals and society he so marvellously evokes, been worth the loss. Part autobiography of one of this century's greatest writers, part elegy for a vanishing way of life, part testament to the abiding humanity that underlies all Potter's work, this exquisite, passionate and brillinat book is a classic of its kind.
Category: Fiction

Seeing The Blossom

Author : Dennis Potter
ISBN : 0571174361
Genre : Authors, English
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Contains the interview between Dennis Potter and Melvyn Bragg conducted on 5 April 1994 on Channel 4 television. Potter knew he had only a few weeks to live so the discussion is of great poignancy and power. Their conversation records Potter's honest dissection of his life and work. This book also contains Potter's celebrated James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 1993 and an earlier BBC2 television interview.
Category: Authors, English

Michael Gambon

Author : Mel Gussow
ISBN : UOM:39015060884890
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"At the age of 23 and with no formal acting training, Gambon joined England's National Theatre under the artistic directorship of Sir Laurence Olivier. His breakthrough came in 1980 in Brecht's Galileo, followed by a daring King Lear at the Royal Shakespeare Company. More recently he has taken the leads in David Hare's Skylight, Caryl Churchill's A Number, and in a notable revival of Pinter's The Caretaker.".
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Alan Bennett

Author : Kara McKechnie
ISBN : STANFORD:36105124042354
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The first book written on Alan Bennett's work for television, including his plays, series, documentaries and biographical pieces.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Altered States

Author : James Hughes
ISBN : UOM:39015050182370
Genre : Art
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The relationship between altered states of consciousness and art is explored with discussions of meditative rituals, alcohol, drugs, and other "handles" on altered reality
Category: Art

New Society

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ISBN : UOM:39015039300275
Genre : Great Britain
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Category: Great Britain

Dennis Potter

Author : John R. Cook
ISBN : UCSC:32106011459010
Genre : Television plays
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An examination of the work of the late, reclusive television playwright Dennis Potter, perhaps the most instantly well-known and scrutinized of all British film and television writers, and the author of the celebrated television series, The Singing Detective. Drawing upon original research, including unpublished scripts, interviews with film and television practitioners, as well as a rare interview with the writer himself, Cook (media studies, De Montfort U., Leicester) reveals the array of themes which link together all of Potter's writing, from the early television plays of the 1960s to the final works in 1994. Distributed by St Martin's Press. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Category: Television plays

The Singing Detective

Author : Glen Creeber
ISBN : UOM:39015074293450
Genre : Performing Arts
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The Singing Detective has been described by novelist Steven King as 'the Citizen Kane of the mini-series'. This study dissects the serial's array of themes and techniques, and explains the religious structure of the serial, its exploration into the power of language, its complex psychological construction of illness and sexuality, and more.
Category: Performing Arts

The Art Of Invective Selected Non Fiction 1953 1994

Author : Dennis Potter
ISBN : 9781783197026
Genre : Performing Arts
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Foreword by Peter Bowker Edited by Ian Greaves, David Rolinson and John Williams Dennis Potter (1935–94) was Britain’s leading television dramatist for almost thirty years and remains an inspiration to today’s programme makers as a result of such groundbreaking work as Pennies from Heaven, Blue Remembered Hills and The Singing Detective. But he also engaged with his audience through reviews, journalism, interviews, broadcasts and speeches. The Art of Invective, the first collection of its kind, brings together some of his finest non-fiction work. Published to mark 80 years since Potter’s birth, this book includes his merciless television columns, penetrating literary criticism and angry writings on class and politics, as well as his sketches for Sixties satire shows including That Was the Week That Was. From Frost-Nixon to Coronation Street, David Hare to Doctor Who, Orwell to Emu, this collection shows Potter’s distinctive voice at its entertaining, thought-provoking and uncompromising best.
Category: Performing Arts

The New Yorker

Author : Harold Wallace Ross
ISBN : NWU:35556035368000
Genre : Literature
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Category: Literature

The Listener

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ISBN : MINN:319510014432385
Genre : Radio addresses, debates, etc
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Category: Radio addresses, debates, etc