Dennis Potter

Dennis Potter

writer, producer, director

Dennis Potter was born on May 17, 1935 in UK. Dennis Potter's big-screen debut came with Blade on the Feather directed by Richard Loncraine in 1980. Dennis Potter is known for Blackeyes directed by Dennis Potter, Michael Gough stars as Maurice James Kingsley and Carol Royle as Jessica. Dennis Potter has got 4 awards and 6 nominations so far. The most recent award Dennis Potter achieved is Prix Europa. The upcoming new movie Dennis Potter plays is The Singing Detective which will be released on Nov 14, 2003.

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 Coffin (1960), a bitter attack on England.As a BBC trainee, he wrote/hosted Between Two Rivers (1960), a documentary about the Forest of Dean. In 1961 he joined the Daily Herald, where he was TV critic (1962-64). In 1964 he learned he had psoriatic arthropathy, a disease which plagued him for decades, less so after new drugs/treatments turned up. He lost the 1964 election as a Labour candidate, ending his planned political career. That same year, The Wednesday Play (1964) began on the BBC, and he submitted a novel-in-progress, which became his first TV play, The Wednesday Play: The Confidence Course (1965), about motivational seminar swindlers.Over three decades, he wrote novels, essays, stage plays, and movies but mainly focused on TV, where his semi-autobiographical explorations into consciousness and memory led to innovations in drama, often acclaimed. His masterpiece is The Singing Detective (1986), regarded by some as the best original work ever created for television. Only near the end of his life did he move into directing with Blackeyes (1989) and Secret Friends (1991). Steven Bochco's Cop Rock (1990) is just one example of Potter's widening influence.Few Potter plays aired on USA TV, but retrospectives were at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts and NYC's Museum of Television & Radio. His plays and interviews are part of the MT&R's permanent collection, available for viewing in NYC and also at the MT&R in Los Angeles.

  • Birthday

    May 17, 1935
  • Place of Birth

    Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, UK

Known For


4 wins & 6 nominations

Prix Europa
TV Serials/Mini-Series
Winner - Prix Europa
Telluride Film Festival, US
Winner - Silver Medallion Award
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