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 morethe 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.
Many regard The Singing Detective as Dennis Potter's masterpiece, bringing together old and new themes in a murder mystery-musical-thriller-romance the like of which has not been seen before or since on television. Recognised as a seminal TV series, it was voted number 20 in the British Film Institutes all time top TV 100.
Incapacitated both physically and emotionally and trapped in his hospital bed, detective novel writer Philip Marlow escapes into his imagination, plotting out a murder tale in which he is both a big-band singer and a private eye. As fantasy and reality merge into one, his excruciating pain plays with the memories of a tormented childhood and sexual treachery in a tortuous session of self-analysis and personal discovery.