This 11 disc release contains:
'The Singing Detective', 'Pennies From Heaven', 'Casanova', 'Brimstone & Treacle', 'Vote Vote Vote For Nigel Barton/Stand Up Nigel Barton', 'Blue Remembered Hills' and 'Mayor Of Casterbridge'.
The Singing Detective:Slowly recovering from a terrible skin disease in a busy National Health hospital, cynical thriller writer Phillip Marlow continues to unravel the traumas of his wartime boyhood while working through the plot of his greatest detective story - with himself as a crooning '40s detective on the trail of murderous Nazi plotters. But what is real and what is imagined? As childhood memories return - to the evocative accompaniment of hits like "It's A Lovely Day Tomorrow", "After You've Gone" and "The Teddy Bear's Picnic", the clues to his own past and the plot of his book slowly begin to slot together...
Pennies From Heaven:In Dennis Potter's Pennies From Heaven, Bob Hoskins plays Arthur, a salesman dealing in sheet music who falls in love with a school teacher called Eileen (Cheryl Campbell). When Eileen discovers that she is pregnant and that Arthur is already married to Joan (Gemma Craven) she runs away. Arthur is determined to give up everything to find her again... he believes in happy endings, just like in the songs he loves so much.
Casanova:The Italian adventurer and libertine Giovanni Jacopo Casanova lived from 1725 to 1798, but in this six-part series Dennis Potter attempted to find a contemporary relevance through his central themes of sex and religion. He commented that Casanova "was concerned with religious and sexual freedom, and these are the things we have to address ourselves to now." Casanova was imprisoned in Venice in 1755, and Potter used that event as a central device, constantly inter-cutting to contrast Casanova's amorous escapades, radiant, joyful and brightly lit, with his oppressive solitary confinement in the gloom of a half-darkened cell.
Brimstone And Treacle:In Dennis Potter's Brimstone And Treacle, Sting delivers one of his finest performances as Martin Taylor, a mysterious stranger who arrives on the doorstep of the Bates household, and soon worms his way into their lives. Mr and Mrs Bates (Denholm Elliott and Joan Plowright) soon grow to trust Martin, but his intentions are less than honourable when it soon becomes clear that he is lusting after their comatose daughter...
Stand Up Nigel Barton:The first part of Dennis Potter's semi-autobiographical double bill taken from the 'Wednesday Play' series of BBC films. Nigel is very clever lad and desperately eager to succeed. He's aware of the fashionable potency of being both brilliant and working class. New glamorous experiences aren't enough, maybe politics is the answer.
Vote, Vote, Vote For Nigel Barton:The concluding part of Dennis Potter's semi-autobiographical double bill. After a successful Oxford education, Nigel is a successful journalist. An important by-election looms, which could put him on road to Cabinet post. Front page publicity causes problems.
Blue Remembered Hills:Dennis Potter's play is set in the Forest of Dean, on a summer day in 1943. Seven children go out to play. The seven children are all played by adult actors to act as a 'magnifying glass to show what it's like to be a child'.
The Mayor Of Casterbridge:Thomas Hardy's powerful tale of a rich and respectable man who drunkenly auctions his wife and child at a West Country fair. The remorse of the Mayor of Casterbridge finally destroys him.