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I first saw this series when it first came out and thought it was the best Dennis Potter had written after 20 years it is still brillant it is sad that Dennis Potter is not here to write more nobody has replaced him he was a genius
Both discs in this series are brilliant, in the originality of the story, in the black humour, the drama, and the unusual bckground, a man with a terrible skin disease in a public hospital. Some of... Read more the quick shifts from past to present were a bit hard to follow, and sometimes the boundaries between reality and what the writer was imagining were blurred, but it was some of the best TV drama I've ever seen.
Very enjoyable to rewatch this series we loved the first time around in the 80's. Very clever and brilliant acting.
Disc 3 is superfulous but Discs 1 & 2 the production is wonderful. We look forward to more of Dennis Potter (Pennies from Heaven).
Just brilliant. Better watching the whole series at once too
Not recommended for light viewing - particularly if you are expecting a musical version of Agatha Christie's Poirot - but this carefully crafted, insightful drama skillfully plays on reality and fiction... Read more within three distinct and yet ultimately intertwining storylines. Potter uses a mix of excruciating candour and humour to depict Marlow's multiple journeys. One of the finest BBC productions I have ever seen.
How this series won an award and got 3 1/2 stars here is beyond me. If you liked the English Patient and want to watch something about 5 times more miserable then get this. Got 2 DVDs sent both back within 48 hours.
I had expected this to be 'light' but was disappointed to find it quite morbid.
Also gruesome hospital scene of hideously burnt man having his dressings done.
Creative & effortlessly, one is drawn into the disease of the Phillip Marlow, our link to the the mystery of the singing detective.
Fantastic series. Dennis Potters direction combined with fabulous dialogue means this is a must.
One for the collection.