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Series cast summary:
 Emma Porlock 4 episodes, 1996
 Tony Watson 4 episodes, 1996
Ganiat Kasumu ...
 Sandra Sollars 4 episodes, 1996
Joe Roberts ...
 Chris / ... 3 episodes, 1996
Tara Woodward ...
 Anna Griffiths 3 episodes, 1996
Claudia Malkovich ...
David Foxxe ...
 Andrew Milton 2 episodes, 1996
James Peck ...
 Fyodor's Apartment Guard 2 episodes, 1996
 Student Daniel 2 episodes, 1996
 1st MSC Guard 2 episodes, 1996
Guy Masterson ...
 Police Chief 2 episodes, 1996
Adam Bareham ...
 Daniel's Father 2 episodes, 1996
 Militiaman / ... 2 episodes, 1996
Malcolm Rogers ...
 Preacher 2 episodes, 1996
 Harry Schumpet 2 episodes, 1996
 1st Sentry / ... 2 episodes, 1996
 2nd Sentry / ... 2 episodes, 1996
 Dr. Rawl 2 episodes, 1996
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Dr. Emma Porlock and her colleagues, attempting to unlock the secrets of human memory for the Masdon drug empire, get a cryogenically stored 400-year-old human head to project its memories through virtual reality displays. But Porlock and her team are chronically under-funded, and she may have to go around Masdon to a media sleaze merchant to get the money she needs to maintain the project. But an even more complex world of secret police, RON (Reality-Or-Nothing) riots, and murder is going on outside the lab. And the deeper Porlock goes into the frozen memories of the writer Daniel Feeld, the more twisted the labyrinth of intrigue becomes. Written by Kathy Li

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4 June 1997 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


In the interview "Seeing the Blossom", Dennis Potter comments that he wrote "Cold Lazarus" and its prequel "Karaoke" based on the simple writer's premise: "If you wanted to make the world a better place, who would you kill?" See more »


When Dr. Glazunov destroys Daniel Feeld's frozen head at the end, the wall screen still displays his voyage through the tunnel of light to heaven, despite not being plugged into anything any more. See more »


Kaya: [drinking coffee for the first time] It gives you... an elevation.
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Written by Douglas Brownsmith and Tony Lowry
Performed by Henry Hall and his Orchestra
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Stendahl's comment:
20 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

Stendahl's idea that fiction holds more truth than any written "history" is, or will be, aptly applied to Dennis Potter's _magnum opus_, "Cold Lazarus." Even recent merger news makes the "Total Universal Entertainment Corporation" seem more a reality, as does the recent "State of the World" report. We've much to learn from our artists, the fewer there are, day by day. All those who love literature should be grateful that such a one as Dennis Potter left us these gems for television, among the few there have ever been, or will be.... Look upon "Cold Lazarus" with a somber and reflective mind, for the future is by no means, "out there...."

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