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The Singing Detective

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Essential viewing

    A groundbreaking series that transcends genre. At once a psychological thriller that questions the boundaries between the unconscious and reality, a hilarious critique of medicine, a spoof of film noir, and a one-of-a-kind musical. There has been nothing like it before or since. Outstanding performances from Michael Gambon, as well as the "who's who" of British acting in other roles. Bravi!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Potter's (and television's) masterpiece

    Imaginative, moving, funny, profound, multi-layered and endlessly fascinating - the greatest drama ever created for the television medium. And not only for Dennis Potter's script, but also because of the wonderful realisation of it by director Jon Amiel and producer Kenith Trodd. Seeing this when first broadcast in 1986 was a privilege akin to being present at the premiere of a Shakespeare play. Its release on DVD is long overdue - now let's have the rest of Potter's work on DVD, please.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2013

    This is an absolutely brilliant work of drama -- it works on so

    This is an absolutely brilliant work of drama -- it works on so many levels and is so engrossing and unique.  I agree with the reviewers who call it a masterpiece.  With all due respect, the reviewer who this give 1-star and complained that the music was a  "non sequiter" and such is being downright foolish.  This is a sophisticated piece of work, and the point  of view constantly shifts between the present reality, flashbacks which may or may not be real, and a fantasy world inside the protagonist's head (but acted out on screen).  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What's singing got to do with it?

    Yes there is singing in this show but it is a non sequiter. I managed to get half way through only one of three disks in this DVD set before abandoning all hope. You will like this show if you enjoy a pointless story with endless scatological language, blasphemy, and all manner of voyeurism. There is seemingly no plot, just the vehicle of a cranky bedridden mystery writer and his pornographic imagination. This is the worst value I have ever received for my entertainment dollar.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 23, 2010

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