The Singing Detective 1986
The Singing Detective: Reworking material from his first novel, Hide and Seek (1973), and folding this into a prismatic blend of autobiographical details, popular music and 1940s film noir, Dennis Potter delivered a drama now regarded as a 20th-century masterwork. Detective novelist Philip Marlow (Michael Gambon) suffers from the crippling disease of psoriatic arthropathy. Confined to a hospital bed, Marlow mentally rewrites his early Chandleresque thriller, The Singing Detective, with himself in the title role, drifting into a surreal 1945 fantasy of spies and criminals, along with vivid memories of a childhood in the Forest of Dean. As past events and 1940s songs surface in his subconscious, Marlows voyage of self-discovery provides a key to conquering his illness, while his noir-styled hallucinations evoke the Philip Marlowe of Chandlers Murder, My Sweet (1944), starring Dick Powell, who later became a singing detective on radios Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1949), crooning to girlfriend Helen Asher at the end of each episode.
- Release Date:
- November 16, 1986
- Alison Steadman Angela Curran Bill Paterson Charles Simon Charon Bourke David Ryall David Thewlis Geff Francis George Rossi Gerard Horan Imelda Staunton Janet Henfrey Janet Suzman Jim Carter Jo Cameron Brown Joanne Whalley Kate McKenzie Ken Stott Leslie French Lyndon Davies Mary MacLeod Michael Gambon Niven Boyd Patrick Malahide Ron Cook Sharon D Clarke Simon Chandler Thomas Wheatley Trevor Cooper Wally Thomas