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An Interview with Dennis Potter (1994)

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A frank and moving interview with a great writer
19 March 1999 | by (Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

Recorded shortly before Potter's death, Melvyn Bragg allows Potter to discuss his life and work freely.

What is particularly unusual about this interview is that everyone knows at the outset that Potter has been diagnosed with a terminal cancer and is expected to live for only a few more weeks. Despite this crushing knowledge, the interview is both funny and enlightening. Potter never indulges in self-pity. He is clearly immensely grateful for the opportunities that have come his way. In particular, the support he has received from television companies (where much of his work was produced).

He discusses his final works (Cold Lazarus and Karaoke), not yet released that he strove to complete before his illness prevented him from writing.

Potter punctuates the interview by lighting cigarettes and drinking wine, two of his life-long pleasures that mean so much to him now.

The interview is not depressing and one is left with the impression of a wonderful man who has written for the public, using the medium that they most readily watch, television.

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