Crime & Mystery TV Series:

The Singing Detective


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"Dennis Potters masterpiece, Michael Gambons masterwork!"
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When I first saw ‘The Singing Detective’ in 1986, it took me about 10 seconds to realize that I was watching a masterpiece! Michael Gambon plays an author of detective stories, lying in hospital almost completely paralyzed by his illness. The story alternates between the ward, and the work that he is rewriting in his head.

The detective story growing in his imagination is devious and deadly, while as the patient he is sometimes wracked by hallucinations due to the inflammatory disease that is destroying his skin his temper and causing a high fever. Meanwhile his ex wife and her lover are conspiring to steal the movie rights to the book; or are they-

I erased my video tape of this mini series 25 years ago, and I have been kicking myself for it ever since.

I am very happy to be able to watch this favourite again.

Although the DVD cover says that the series is in 4×3 format; it is in fact 16×9


Many regard The Singing Detective as Dennis Potter's masterpiece, bringing together old and new themes in a dazzling and multi-layered mystery thriller Incapacitated both physically and emotionally and trapped in his hospital bed, detective novel writer Philip Marlow escapes into his imagination, plotting out a murder tale in which he is both a big-band singer and a private eye. As fantasy and reality merge into one, his excruciating pain plays with the memories of a tormented childhood and sexual treachery in a tortuous session of self-analysis and personal discovery.

Special Features:

Commentary with Jon Amiel (Director) and Kenith Trodd (Producer)
Close Up: Dennis Potter
Arena: Dennis Potter
Photo Gallery
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Re-released on
March 13th, 2008
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
  • Standard Edition
Length (Minutes)
  • Crime
  • Mystery
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