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  Dennis Potter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dennis Christopher George Potter (17 May 1935—7 June 1994) was a controversial British dramatist who is best known for several widely acclaimed television dramas which mixed fantasy and reality, the personal and the social.
Potter was born in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.
During the early 1960s, Potter began to suffer from an acute form of psoriasis known as psoriatic arthropathy, a rare hereditary condition that affected his skin and caused arthritis in his joints.
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Dennis Potter is arguably the most important creative figure in the history of British television.
Potter was raised in what he later described as the "tight, enclosed, backward" world of the Forest of Dean; a remote rural idyll nestling between two rivers, the Severn and the Wye, on the aggressively English side of the border with Wales.
In February 1994, Potter was diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas and died four months later but not before an extraordinary television interview in which he talked movingly about his imminent death, revealing his plans to complete two final television serials to be uniquely co-produced by rival national channels, BBC-1 and Channel Four.
www.museum.tv /archives/etv/P/htmlP/potterdenni/potterdenni.htm   (1079 words)

 Dennis Potter: bio and encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Potter was born in the Forest of Dean Forest of Dean quick summary:
Karaoke was a television play written by dennis potter with the knowledge that he was dying from cancer of the pancreas....
Cold lazarus is a television play written by dennis potter with the knowledge that he was dying from cancer of the pancreas....
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/d/de/dennis_potter.htm   (2212 words)

 CINETEXT Potterland
Potter's transformation of his childhood into art calls that judgment into question; though he was not, of course, a typical forest child.
Potter has favoured this ``natural'' scale for television, which also has the advantage, for him, of foregrounding the writer's words rather than the sound and spectacle of large-screen movies.
Trains and whores are Potter obsessions; some of the others are dance music before the rock-and-roll era, Russian spies, cowboys (and America, generally, as a mythic opposite of Britain), the bombing of German cities by the R.A.F., cigarettes, betrayals, art deco interiors, neurotic schoolteachers, the Oedipus complex, and everybody's childhood.
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 Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective
Potter, who died of pancreatic cancer in 1994, himself suffered from Marlow’s condition, a rare disease called psoriatic arthropathy that attacks the skin and joints.
Potter wrote several dramas for television, but The Singing Detective (which he had to write with a pen strapped to his hand) was the pinnacle of his long career.
Potter illuminates Marlow’s emotional state, and adds an invigorating dimension to The Singing Detective, by incorporating the original recordings of popular music from the 1930s and 1940s – the period of Marlow’s boyhood – into the story.
www.culturevulture.net /Television/SingingDetective.htm   (954 words)

 The Passion of Dennis Potter - ed. Vernon W. Gras and John R. Cook
Dennis Potter was perhaps England's most famous writer for television, and several of his works are landmarks of the genre (and enjoyed huge popularity when first shown in England and America).
Questions of class and religion, "Dennis Potter and the culture of advertising" (Eckart Voigts-Virchow), Potter's illness, the use of biography in art, the use of music, popular culture, and much more are addressed in these essays.
Access to Potter's work itself would be preferable, but in the alternative (or, for those lucky souls who have access to video and print versions of Potter's work, supplementary) to this this volume is certainly of considerable value.
www.complete-review.com /reviews/potterd/passofdp.htm   (876 words)

 Guardian Unlimited Film | Features | Mark Lawson on big screen Dennis Potter
Potter's script is often simply a matter of floating a reference across the pond.
Potter had a sophisticated instinct for when to swim with and against the river of transmission.
Dennis Potter wanted to succeed in movies because he sought the largest possible audiences for his work.
film.guardian.co.uk /features/featurepages/0,4120,1074044,00.html   (1537 words)

 NationMaster.com - Encyclopedia: Dennis Potter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Brimstone and Treacle is a 1970s play by Dennis Potter about a middle-aged middle-class couple living in a North London suburb who are unfortunate enough to have their beautiful undergraduate daughters life reduced to a severely handicapped existence by a hit-and-run driver.
Cold Lazarus is a television play written by Dennis Potter shortly before his death, and broadcast after it in 1994.
Dennis Christopher George Potter (May 17, 1935 – June 7, 1994) was a controversial British dramatist who is best known for several widely acclaimed television dramas which mixed fantasy and reality, the personal and the social.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Dennis-Potter   (2750 words)

 Dennis Potter's 1978 Television Adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "The Mayor of Casterbridge"
Dennis Potter's 1978 Television Adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "The Mayor of Casterbridge"
Because screenwriter Dennis Potter had made the decision to adhere to Hardy's original text as much a possible, early in his work on the production he was compelled to confront the problems posed by retaining the flashback sequence.
Potter has eliminated the powerful scene of twenty-one-year-old Henchard's foreswearing strong liquors and dramatised the determination of the former alcoholic not to relive the past in drunken excesses and indiscretions.
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 American Prospect Online - ViewWeb
Potter, certainly the greatest writer ever to take television drama as his primary medium, was born in the Royal Forest of Dean, two hours west of London.
Potter suffered from psoriasis and a virulent form of arthritis that twisted his fingers into fleshy slipknots; he died, in 1994, from pancreatic cancer.
Potter's most direct and innovative melding of all this pain, history, and fantasy into immediate expression is, of course, the lip-synching of pop tunes.
www.prospect.org /web/page.ww?section=root&name=ViewWeb&articleId=8335   (1610 words)

 Dennis Potter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Dennis Christopher George Potter (May 17 1935 – June 7 1994) was a controversial British dramatist who is best known for several acclaimed television dramas which mixed fantasy and the personal and the social.
Potter's career as a playwright began conventionally with works like Vote Vote Vote for Nigel Barton a BBC play about a parliamentary candidate.
During the early 1960s Potter began to suffer from an hereditary condition known as psoriatic arthropathy affecting skin and the joints.
www.freeglossary.com /Dennis_Potter   (711 words)

 Dennis Potter
Dennis Potter was born in the Forest of Dean, Gloucesterhire, a locale which recurs in his work.
In THE GLITTERING COFFIN (1960) Potter wrote: "The people of this district are conscious of the unique identity of their birthplace, and speak a dialect so forceful and individual that, at times, it might almost be another language." Three of Potter's four great-grandfathers were Forest miners.
Potter's mother had been born and raised in London, but her mother was a Forester.
www.kirjasto.sci.fi /dpotter.htm   (1205 words)

 A brief biography of Dennis Potter
Dennis Christopher George Potter was born on May 17th 1935 at "Brick House" on Joyford Hill, in the village of Berry Hill, near Coleford in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England.
Potter's classic representation of childhood in Blue Remembered Hills presumably evokes some of the sensations and excitements of the child's notion of war.
Dennis Potter dies on Tuesday 7th June 1994 of cancer of the pancreas, a growth which he "affectionately" referred to as "Rupert", in honour of the great media tycoon of the late twentieth century, Rupert Murdoch.
www.yorksj.ac.uk /potter/biog.htm   (1876 words)

 ArtandCulture Artist: Dennis Potter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Potter saw television as an extension of the theater, a medium for thoughtful storytelling, a laboratory in which to dissect human problems.
What could have been a gimmick becomes a formal necessity; the casting was, as Potter put it, a "magnifying glass" through which to examine the past from a present perspective.
The Dennis Potter Homepage at the College of Ripon and York, St. John, brings together homage and debate about the great man. Interviews, filmography, reviews, novels, adaptations, and obituaries are some of the gems found here.
www.artandculture.com /cgi-bin/WebObjects/ACLive.woa/wa/artist?id=1231   (658 words)

 Potter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Potter, Jonathan, Professor of discourse analysis, Loughborough University
Potter, Tom (born 1940), Mayor of Portland, Oregon
Potter's field, a place for the burial of unknown people
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Potter   (179 words)

 Dennis Potter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Dennis Potter, who wrote his first scripts in the mid '60s and died of cancer in 1994, spent most of his career creating plays for television.
Potter's most celebrated theme is emotional displacement and the role popular song plays in that process.
But though that genre of writing is much higher profile in Britain, the nakedness of Potter's autobiographical pieces must have been a rude jolt for his BBC audiences, because there's no legacy of confessionals in English letters as there is in ours.
www.bostonphoenix.com /alt1/archive/movies/reviews/01-30-97/DENNIS_POTTER.html   (1200 words)

 BBC - Arena - Dennis Potter
Dennis Potter was the best loved, best hated, most talked about, most prolific and arguably the best television playwright of his day.
And the mining community to which Potter's father belonged, and in which he spent most of his own life, has given Arena unprecedented access; particularly to the one remaining working pit in the Forest of Dean and the Salem Chapel.
The public perception of Dennis Potter, fuelled by tabloid headlines and agitation from Mary Whitehouse and the moral majority, clouded reception of much of his work.
www.bbc.co.uk /bbcfour/cinema/potter/arena-potter.shtml   (409 words)

 Dennis Potter - Famous People in the Forest of Dean - Forest Web
Critically acclaimed playwright Dennis Potter was born in May 1935, at Joyford Hill, Berry Hill, Coleford.
Dennis Potter drew upon his childhood in the Forest of Dean for much of his work.
Dennis writes passionately about the unique forest dialect, forest traditions and the pride forest people feel for their birthplace.
www.fweb.org.uk /dean/deanhist/dennis_potter.htm   (341 words)

 Dennis Potter Photos - Dennis Potter News - Dennis Potter Information
Dennis Christopher George Potter was born at Brick House in the village of Berry Hill, in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.
His father, Walter Potter, and his father's father were both coal miners ; his mother, Margaret (nee Wale) came from London, although her mother had been born in the Forest.
Dennis Potter was educated at Bell's Grammar School in Coleford,...
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 Singing Detective, The
Like Marlow, Potter was born and brought up in the Forest of Dean at about the same time as Philip was a wartime evacuee, and like Philip he stayed in Hammersmith with relations who had difficulty with his strong Gloucestershire accent.
At this level, for Potter the story was about paranoia "one man's paranoia and the ending of it".
He translates basic concerns, instead, to a more complex level where the narrative and generic dimensions of the text endlessly merge and overlap, fusing past and present, fantasy and "reality", challenging the organic conventions of realist drama and mixing the stabilities of popular television with the textual instabilities of modernism and postmodernism.
www.museum.tv /archives/etv/S/htmlS/singingdetec/singingdetec.htm   (1059 words)

 Dennis Potter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
It was also around this time that the handicap which would plague Potter from then on first appeared: psoriatic arthropathy, a skin disorder which caused frequent blistering, burning sensations, swelling of the joints, a permanent clenching of the fists and even bouts of delirium.
Potter's work, did not, however, achieve its widest attention or acclaim at home (or even recognition in the US) until the appearance of his six-part musical TV drama, "Pennies from Heaven" (1978), in which recordings of popular songs from the 1940s were used as an inventive and ironic means of commenting on the narrative.
Potter was similarly acclaimed for THE SINGING DETECTIVE, a multi-layered semi-autobiographical drama in which the hallucinatory hospital experiences of an ailing author (like Potter suffering from a chronic, debilitating skin disease) mirror the adventures of one of his fictional protagonists.
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 Dennis Potter & The Singing Detective
It is often regarded as the epitome of Dennis Potter's writing, the peak of his creativity and the culmination of all his previous themes, but at the same time it stands out as a very atypical work, with its use of genre and the absence of many Dennis Potter themes.
The thematic consistency across Dennis Potter's work has resulted in him being dubbed a 'TV Auteur', but in this text the use of genre may undermine this.
Even if it doesn't cover all of Dennis Potter's themes it is the one single work in his canon that attempts to bring together the greatest number of themes in one text.
www.zenbullets.com /britfilm/potter   (225 words)

 Dennis Potter
Such was the response of Dennis Potter in 1983 after he had been asked to do a 40 minute interview with Dr. Anthony Clare for the BBC’s famous radio programme.
Potter was dying of cancer and knew he had approximately 10 weeks to live.
Potter had first used the idea of the old songs as ‘an agent of human aspiration’ in his 1969 play Moonlight on the Highway.
www.iol.ie /~galfilm/filmwest/18potter.htm   (1490 words)

 BBC - writersroom - Opportunity
BBC TWO and the Dennis Potter estate is pleased to announce the launch of the Dennis Potter Screenwriting Award 2003.
The Dennis Potter Award was set up in 1995 after the celebrated screenwriter's death, to nurture and encourage the work of new writers of talent and personal vision.
The writers should also appreciate the spirit of Dennis Potter: "Artists should be allowed to have their voices." However, we do not want to encourage clones of Dennis Potter.
www.bbc.co.uk /writersroom/opportunity/potter.shtml   (225 words)

 Cold Lazarus - Dennis Potter
Cold Lazarus is the companion piece to Karaoke (see our review), and the last work Dennis Potter wrote as he struggled against his fatal illness.
Donald Feeld, the writer from Karaoke (and, in many respects, Dennis Potter's alter ego), hints at his own final project in Karaoke, one in which he wishes to combine virtual reality and cryogenics.
Potter tells a decent story, but much of it is too simplistic.
www.complete-review.com /reviews/potterd/coldlaz.htm   (939 words)

 DVD Times - Dennis Potter on DVD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Potter's available works will receive detailed discussion in individual DVD reviews (see below), and here I will give a broad overview, and look at what may and may not be released in the future.
Potter's two homegrown films Secrets Friends (1991), which he directed, and Midnight Movie (1994), which he produced, are both way down the scale of quality, and demonstrate his talents really lay in ideas and writing rather than screen actualisation.
Potter wrote the screenplay in 1990, on the back of the TV serial's surprise success in America, but potential collaborators were not keen on this heavily pared-down version and it never got made.
www.dvdtimes.co.uk /content.php?contentid=58523   (3153 words)

 Karaoke - Dennis Potter
Mirroring Potter's own medical difficulties Feeld is also suffering from some ailment that is, initially, misdiagnosed but will, eventually, be recognized as advanced pancreatic cancer.
Potter's writing is very good, and there is great pleasure to be had in the small details -- some of which work better on the page than on the screen.
Potter shows a fine touch in handling difficult subjects, such as Feeld's (and his) illness.
www.complete-review.com /reviews/potterd/karaoke.htm   (1319 words)

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