Dennis Potter here introduces three of his acclaimed works, Blue Remembered Hills (1979), Joe's Ark (1974) and Cream in My Coffee (1980), and discusses the artistic potential and the limitations of a constantly evolving medium.
Blue Remembered Hills: 'The novelty is that the leading characters, a group of seven-year-old children, are played by adult actors. It is a brilliant device, employed not as a gimmick but to suggest that youthful behaviour is carried over into the grown-up world . . . Blue Remembered Hills won the BAFTA Award for Best Play in 1979 and is a landmark in television drama.' The Times
Dennis Potter was born in 1935 in Gloucestershire. After National Service he won a place at New College, Oxford where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He became one of Britain's most accomplished and acclaimed dramatists. His plays for television include Blue Remembered Hills (1979), Brimstone and Treacle (commissioned in 1975 but banned until 1987), the series Pennies from Heaven (1978), The Singing Detective (1986), Blackeyes (1989) and Lipstick on Your Collar (1993). He also wrote novels, stage plays and screenplays. Seeing the Blossom, his final television interview, was published in 1994. He died in June 1994.