Writer Dennis Potter. He wrote "Pennies from Heaven," and "The Singing Detective," both on PBS, originally from the BBC. He also wrote the screenplay for the American film adaptation of "Pennies from Heaven," which starred Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters. A retrospective of his work is showing in New York. (REBROADCAST. Originally aired 1/14/92).
British writer, screenwriter and director Dennis Potter. Potter's television creations, such as "Pennies From Heaven" and "The Singing Detective," have been some of the most innovative ones ever presented on British or American TV. Potter's now made his film directorial debut, with the new movie "Secret Friends."
David Potter's gripping, enigmatic writing for TV made him one of British culture's defining figures from the 1960s through the 1980s. Critic-at-large John Powers reviews the new DVD collection Dennis Potter: 3 to Remember.
Critic David Bianculli on the veteran British television writer, Dennis Potter, the author of "The Singing Detective" and "Pennies From Heaven"; Potter is gravely ill, and yet he continues to compose a new mini-series. At New York's Museum of Television & Radio, they are running his most recent miniseries, "Lipstick on Your Collar".