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Dennis Potter At London Weekend Television - Vol 2 [DVD]

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  • Actors: John Neville, Ray Smith, Derek Godfrey, Ian Holm, Anthony Bate
  • Directors: Gareth Davies, James MacTaggart, Christopher Morahan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sept. 2007
  • Run Time: 226 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RF9Z6I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,967 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Three television plays by the controversial and award-winning writer Dennis Potter. In 'Shaggy Dog' (1968), no-nonsense businessman Wilkie (John Neville) is interviewed for a position with a top-of-the-line hotel chain corporation. During the interview, Wilkie attempts to complete a shaggy-dog story. However, his frustrations lead to a total breakdown, and he suddenly snaps and pulls a gun on the interviewers. In 'Moonlight on the Highway' (1969), a troubled young man, David Peters (Ian Holm), rejects the rock music of the day and immerses himself in the tunes of 30s crooner Al Bowlly, who was killed during the London blitz. He collects Bowlly memorabilia, publishes the Bowlly fan-club newsletter, and finds pleasure in lip-synching Bowlly records - but his obsession with Bowlly masks certain darker events in his past. In the semi-autobiographical 'Lay Down Your Arms' (1970), set at the time of the 1956 Suez Crisis and the Russian invasion of Hungary, Private Bob Hawk (Nikolas Simmonds) reports to the London Intelligence Office, where the strength of Soviet troops is under scrutiny.

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Like volume 1, this is a sensational dvd, containing three of Dennis Potter's single plays for television. Plays that have been locked away in television archives for more than 30 years - Shaggy Dog was even thought to have been lost until recently.
The plays are extremely different, spanning from Pinter-like theatre of the absurd in Shaggy Dog to the strange mix of satire and kitchen-sink realism in Lay Down Your Arms. Moonlight on the Highway anticipates The Singing Detective and boasts a soul-searching performance by a young Ian Holm.
Bonus: Two Melvyn Bragg interviews with Potter from 1978-79.
A digital restoration would have been nice - but it's a miracle that these plays by the greatest television playwright have been made available in the first place.
Praise be to network for issuing both volumes! Could we have a volume three, please?
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Excellent service from seller. The discs were as hilarious as I remember them
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