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The Singing Detective
PBS | BBC | Season Premiere Date: November 16, 1986
Summary: The best known work of celebrated TV dramatist Dennis Potter, The Singing Detective is actually the second of a trilogy of series by Potter using the device of lip-synching to well-known recordings of popular music. (The first, set in the 1930s, was 1978's Pennies from Heaven, while the third, set during the 1956 Suez Crisis, was 1993'sThe best known work of celebrated TV dramatist Dennis Potter, The Singing Detective is actually the second of a trilogy of series by Potter using the device of lip-synching to well-known recordings of popular music. (The first, set in the 1930s, was 1978's Pennies from Heaven, while the third, set during the 1956 Suez Crisis, was 1993's Lipstick on Your Collar). The Michael Gambon-starring Detective, meanwhile, takes place during the 1940s. The six-episode BBC miniseries aired in the UK in 1986 and was broadcast in the United States (where it won a Peabody Award) by PBS during the 1987-88 season. Expand
Genre(s): Comedy, Drama, Movie/Mini-Series, Music
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