'Message for posterity': The Singing Detective (1986) 25 years on

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This article offers a reappraisal of Dennis Potter’s television script for The Singing
Detective (BBC, 1986) in the 25th anniversary period of the production’s first broadcast.The article reviews the history of the author’s intellectual engagement with The Singing Detective – of what it meant to him then, when he first saw the production in 1986 and of what it means to him now. It discusses the relationship of The Singing Detective to literary modernism, particularly James Joyce’s novel, Ulysses published in 1922.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-272
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Screenwriting
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013


  • Dennis Potter
  • modernism
  • postmodernism
  • psychoanalysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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