Book Review: Dennis Potter: The Art of Invective: Selected Non-Fiction 1953–94

John R. Cook

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It is now over twenty years since the death of Britain’s most celebrated TV playwright, Dennis Potter. The year 2015 would have seen his eightieth birthday. To mark the event, Ian Greaves, David Rolinson and John Williams, experts in the history of British TV drama as well as self-professed admirers of Potter, have edited a collection of his journalism and other non-fiction.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Potter was a regular contributor of journalism to the Daily Herald and the pre-Murdoch Sun newspapers, the New Statesman and The Sunday Times, among other publications. His output as a journalist was prodigious, and when one puts this alongside his track record as a highly prolific writer of TV plays during this same period, it is difficult to disagree with fellow journalist Philip Purser,
who once labelled Potter the ‘last of the big spenders’: a kind of latter-day George Bernard Shaw.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-149
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of British Cinema and Television
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016


  • DennisPotter
  • television drama
  • journalism
  • book review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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