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Dennis Potter (I) (1935–1994)

Dennis Christopher George Potter was born 17 May 1935 in Berry Hill, a small village in the Forest of Dean, where his grandfather and father were coal miners. Through books, the young Potter found that "words were chariots". He attended school in London and spent two years in the Army. During his three years at Oxford, he wrote The Glittering ... See full bio »

Died:

(age 59) in Ross-on-Wye, England, UK

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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 2003 The Singing Detective (screenplay) / (television series)
 2001 The Greatest (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
 1996 Cold Lazarus (TV Mini-Series) (written by - 4 episodes)
- Episode #1.4 (1996) ... (written by)
- Episode #1.3 (1996) ... (written by)
- Episode #1.2 (1996) ... (written by)
- Episode #1.1 (1996) ... (written by)
 1996 Karaoke (TV Mini-Series) (written by - 4 episodes)
- Friday (1996) ... (written by)
- Thursday (1996) ... (written by)
- Wednesday (1996) ... (written by)
- Tuesday (1996) ... (written by)
 1994 Midnight Movie (TV Movie) (screenplay)
 1994 Performance (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Message for Posterity (1994) ... (writer)
 1994 Mesmer (written by)
 1993 Lipstick on Your Collar (TV Mini-Series) (written by - 6 episodes)
- Episode #1.6 (1993) ... (written by)
- Episode #1.5 (1993) ... (written by)
- Episode #1.4 (1993) ... (written by)
- Episode #1.3 (1993) ... (written by)
- Episode #1.2 (1993) ... (written by)
 1991 Secret Friends (novel "Ticket to Ride") / (screenplay)
  Screen Two (TV Series) (1 episode, 1991) (writer - 1 episode, 1987)
- Visitors (1987) ... (writer)
  Blackeyes (TV Mini-Series) (novel "Blackeyes" - 4 episodes, 1989) (screenplay - 4 episodes, 1989)
- Episode #1.4 (1989) ... (novel "Blackeyes") / (screenplay)
- Episode #1.3 (1989) ... (novel "Blackeyes") / (screenplay)
- Episode #1.2 (1989) ... (novel "Blackeyes") / (screenplay)
- Episode #1.1 (1989) ... (novel "Blackeyes") / (screenplay)
 1988 Christabel (TV Series) (4 episodes)
- Episode #1.4 (1988)
- Episode #1.3 (1988)
- Episode #1.2 (1988)
- Episode #1.1 (1988)
 1988 Track 29 (written by)
 1970-1987 Play for Today (TV Series) (written by - 8 episodes)
- Brimstone and Treacle (1987) ... (written by)
- Blue Remembered Hills (1979) ... (written by)
- Double Dare (1976) ... (written by)
- Schmoedipus (1974) ... (written by)
- Joe's Ark (1974) ... (written by)
 1986 The Singing Detective (TV Series) (written by - 6 episodes)
- Who Done It (1986) ... (written by)
- Pitter Patter (1986) ... (written by)
- Clues (1986) ... (written by)
- Lovely Days (1986) ... (written by)
- Heat (1986) ... (written by)
 1985 Tender Is the Night (TV Mini-Series) (teleplay - 6 episodes)
- Episode #1.6 (1985) ... (teleplay)
- Episode #1.5 (1985) ... (teleplay)
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... (teleplay)
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... (teleplay)
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... (teleplay)
 1985 Dreamchild
 1983 Gorky Park (screenplay)
 1982 Brimstone & Treacle (play) / (screenplay)
 1981 Pennies from Heaven (written for the screen: based on original material by)
 1980 Cream in My Coffee (TV Movie) (written by)
 1980 Rain on the Roof (TV Movie)
 1980 Blade on the Feather (TV Movie)
 1978 Pennies from Heaven (TV Mini-Series) (written by - 6 episodes)
- Says My Heart (1978) ... (written by)
- Painting the Clouds (1978) ... (written by)
- Better Think Twice (1978) ... (written by)
- Easy Come, Easy Go (1978) ... (written by)
- The Sweetest Thing (1978) ... (written by)
 1978 The Mayor of Casterbridge (TV Mini-Series) (dramatisation - 7 episodes)
- Episode #1.7 (1978) ... (dramatisation)
- Episode #1.6 (1978) ... (dramatisation)
- Episode #1.5 (1978) ... (dramatisation)
- Episode #1.4 (1978) ... (dramatisation)
- Episode #1.3 (1978) ... (dramatisation)
 1976 Where Adam Stood (TV Movie) (written by)
 1975 Late Call (TV Mini-Series) (written by - 4 episodes)
- Episode #1.4 (1975) ... (written by)
- Episode #1.3 (1975) ... (written by)
- Episode #1.2 (1975) ... (written by)
- Episode #1.1 (1975) ... (written by)
 1973 Wessex Tales (TV Mini-Series) (adapted by - 1 episode)
- A Tragedy of Two Ambitions (1973) ... (adapted by)
 1972 The Sextet (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Follow the Yellow Brick Road (1972) ... (written by)
 1971 Casanova (TV Mini-Series) (written by - 6 episodes)
- Golden Apples (1971) ... (written by)
- Fevers of Love (1971) ... (written by)
- Window, Window (1971) ... (written by)
- Magic Moments (1971) ... (written by)
- One at a Time (1971) ... (written by)
 1969-1971 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Paper Roses (1971) ... (writer)
- Lay Down Your Arms (1970) ... (writer)
- Moonlight on the Highway (1969) ... (writer)
 1969 Die Ballade vom Cowboy (TV Movie) (play)
 1965-1969 The Wednesday Play (TV Series) (written by - 8 episodes)
- Son of Man (1969) ... (written by)
- A Beast with Two Backs (1968) ... (written by)
- Message for Posterity (1967) ... (written by)
- Where the Buffalo Roam (1966) ... (written by)
- Vote, Vote, Vote for Nigel Barton (1965) ... (written by)
 1968 Tamo gdje bizoni lutaju (TV Movie)
 1968 The Company of Five (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Shaggy Dog (1968) ... (writer)
 1968 ITV Playhouse (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Bonegrinder (1968) ... (writer)
 1966 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Emergency Ward 9 (1966) ... (writer)
 1964 A Last Word on the Election (TV Short)
 1962-1963 That Was the Week That Was (TV Series) (writer - 37 episodes)
- That Was the Year That Was (1963) ... (writer)
- Episode #2.12 (1963) ... (writer)
- Episode #2.11 (1963) ... (writer)
- Episode #2.10 (1963) ... (writer)
 1960 Bookstand (TV Series)
 1960 Between Two Rivers (TV Movie documentary short)
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Other Works:

Non-fiction: "The Pursuit of Crime: Art and Ideology in Detective Fiction" (1981, Yale University Press) See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 2 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Milne (Alasdair Milne) and his immediate subordinates are, of course, entitled to exercise editorial control over what is to be transmitted by the BBC. I have had scripts rejected before now, and not even the most rabid paranoia, nor the worst excesses of arrogance, can allow me to argue that the BBC should be compelled to screen my work. But Milne is wrong. Television critics say Brimstone is at... See more »

Trivia:

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts have an award named after him, presented annually for outstanding writing for television. See more »

Trademark:

Musicals where the actors lip-sync to classic songs

Star Sign:

Taurus

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