The Singing Detective details
|Starring:||Janet Suzman, Patrick Malahide, Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, Michael Gambon|
|Studio:||BBC WORLDWIDE PUBLISHING|
The Singing Detective - Disc One
|TBC Disc 1|
The Singing Detective - Disc Two
|TBC Disc 2|
The Singing Detective - Disc Three
|TBC Disc 3|
|Run time:||6 hours 32 minutes|
|Rental release:||08 Mar 2004|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Disc 3: Value subtractedBy a customer from UK , 19 Apr 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Dont' bother with disc 3. It's just an unimaginative selection of archive material wheeled out under the guise of 'value-added content'. Nice one, BBC Worldwide (the sales company appointed by the BBC).
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Superb and utterly engrossing.By a customer from Basingstoke , 20 Nov 2008I remember being utterly captivated my this over 20 years ago now seeing it with fresh (and somewhat older!) eyes I can see it for the masterpiece that it is.
Michael Gambon is utterly believable as the man incapacitated by his skin disease who turns inwards and whilst reliving his childhood finds time to build in his early detective novel, the singing detective in which he now takes the starring role.
The 1940's dance numbers are particularly well done.
Joanne Walley puts in a lovely performance as the nurse and Bill Patterson is excellent as the psychiatrist.
TerrificBy a customer from Wiltshire, UK , 22 Jun 2008Multi layered, intelligent, sinister and funny.
Disc OneBy a customer from Inverness , 24 Jan 2008I remember watching the whole series long ago! The bit that sticks in my mind mostly, is in the sitting room having supper when the 'old-man' spits on the fire grate! The whole thing from start to finish is terrific! I still had to watch it twice to really get to grips with it again after so many years. Alison Steadman was a bonny lassie when younger, and Patrick Malahide is great as usual. Michael Gambon just takes the biscuit though, the part in the hospital where he starts shouting when Nicola leaves, loved it! All the old songs and that club atmosphere, if you like 'crooners' you'll enjoy it just for that! Definately a must watch, takes a bit of understanding for some.
Intriguing startBy a customer from London , 17 Dec 2007It's quite hard to review this in as much as I've only seen the first three episodes, on the other hand, what I have seen has been very enjoyable and I can't wait to see the rest. So far, the story has developed fairly slowly on several levels, it takes part in three different times; the present day featuring the hospital ridden author (and what appear to be some hallucinations), the film noir pastiche that is one of his novels and, finally, only really beginning in the second episode, in the author's war time childhood.
This third story line seems to be the key to the other two as you realise that it may have shaped the story line in the author's novel (which appears to feature several of the characters from the author's childhood) and may also have a lot to do with the way he acts now - although of course I'm only guessing, there is still a long way to go.
A great performance from Michael Gambon who really is the glue holding everything together. I hope they send me the next disc soon.
It truly does singBy RJNeb2 (1017 reviews) from London , 15 Mar 2007Suffering from an appalling skin condition, embittered pulp novelist Philip Marlow lies in his hospital bed, drifting into scenes of his troubled childhood, mixed with a trashy novel playing out in his head. The highpoint of Potter's writing career finds the author using all sorts of tricks including prurient comedy and discordant musical interludes to create a fevered masterpiece. Amiel's ability to negotiate all the different plot strands is exemplary too, but this is probably best remembered for Michael Gambon's bile-filled performance as the luckless author.