The Singing Detective

The Singing Detective

Director: Jon Amiel Cast: Michael Gambon, Patrick Malahide, Janet Suzman


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Product Details

Release Date: 04/15/2003
UPC: 0794051169921
Original Release: 1986
Rating: NR
Source: Bbc Warner
Time: 7:30:00

Special Features

Commentary by director Jon Amiel and producer Kenith Trodd; "Dennis Potter: Under the Skin": An exclusive documentary on the life and career of Dennis Potter; A rarely seen interview featuring Dennis Potter's personal recollections of The Singing Detective; Four-page booklet featuring an exclusive essay by esteemed critic David Bianculli; Photo gallery; "Points of View" articles; Cast bios; And more

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Gambon Philip Marlow
Patrick Malahide Mark Binney / Finney / Raymond
Janet Suzman Nicola
Alison Steadman Lili,Mrs. Marlow
Jim Carter Mr. Marlow
Bill Paterson Dr. Gibbon
Joanne Whalley Nurse Mills
Imelda Staunton Nurse White
David Ryall Mr. Hall
Gerard Horan Reginald
Leslie French Mr. Tomkey
Ron Cook First Mysterious Man
George Rossi Second Mysterious Man
Kate McKenzie Sonia
David Thewlis Second Soldier
Niven Boyd Soldier

Technical Credits
Jon Amiel Director
John Harris Producer
Rick McCallum Executive Producer
Dennis Potter Screenwriter
Kenith Trodd Producer
Ken Westbury Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Skin [10:46]
2. Under My Skin [10:26]
3. Grease [14:51]
4. Bones [9:14]
5. Toots [21:29]
6. Credits [1:38]
1. Heat [11:32]
2. Nut House [10:52]
3. Purple Passage [9:13]
4. Might as Well Be Spring [9:39]
5. The Detective [10:59]
6. Credits [15:11]
1. Lovely Days [9:39]
2. The Black Land [11:39]
3. Vamp Till Ready [15:41]
4. Things That Creeps and Crawls [15:50]
5. Thinking Boring [8:30]
6. Credits [1:38]
Side #2 -- Disc 2
1. Clues
2. Visiting Time
3. All About the Plot
4. In the Script
5. The Finger of Suspicion
6. End Credits
1. Pitter Patter
2. Visiting Time
3. Word Games
4. You Always Hurt the One You Love
5. Night
6. Credits
1. Who Done It [13:56]
2. Standing on Your Own to Feet [10:07]
3. Songs on the Stairs [12:48]
4. Blood [16:24]
5. Loose Ends [21:30]
6. Credits [1:37]

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The Singing Detective 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
StevenJay More than 1 year ago
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).  
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.