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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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Gorky Park Writer
(1983)
(1981)
(1970-1979)
(1965-1969)

Filmography

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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)
  Screen Two (TV Series) (screenplay - 1 episode, 1994) (writer - 1 episode, 1987)
- Midnight Movie (1994) ... (screenplay)
- Visitors (1987) ... (writer)
 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)
  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 Mini-Series) (4 episodes)
- Episode #1.4 (1988)
- Episode #1.3 (1988)
- Episode #1.2 (1988)
- Episode #1.1 (1988)
 1988 Track 29 (written by)
 1987 Brimstone and Treacle (TV Movie) (written by)
 1986 The Singing Detective (TV Mini-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 (written by)
 1983 Gorky Park (screenplay)
 1982 Brimstone & Treacle (play) / (screenplay)
 1981 Pennies from Heaven (based on original material by) / (written for the screen by)
 1980 Cream in My Coffee (TV Movie) (written by)
 1980 Rain on the Roof (TV Movie)
 1980 Blade on the Feather (TV Movie)
 1970-1979 Play for Today (TV Series) (written by - 7 episodes)
- Blue Remembered Hills (1979) ... (written by)
- Double Dare (1976) ... (written by)
- Schmoedipus (1974) ... (written by)
- Joe's Ark (1974) ... (written by)
- Only Make Believe (1973) ... (written by)
 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 Saturday 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 Short documentary)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

His play, "Son of Man", was performed in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at The Pit Theatre in London, England with Joseph Fiennes and John Standing in the cast. Bill Bryden was the director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Official Sites:

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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[commenting on the actor Denholm Elliott] He has a manner which suggests that he is about to preside with great dignity at a court martial, yet also to be cashiered in cringing disgrace at one and the same time, and that either pose is for him a matter both of raging disgust and total indifference. See more »

Trivia:

Producer Kenith Trodd, who worked closely with him for years, sees the events of his life as ideal for a biographical film drama: "I don't know whether it'll ever come off, but I want, at some point, probably for television, to do a Dennis Potter biopic. I haven't yet homed in on how we'd do it, who would write it or whether the character would be called Dennis Potter. But I know that in that ... See more »

Trademark:

Musicals where the actors lip-sync to classic songs

Star Sign:

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