Pennies from Heaven

Dennis Potter
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ISBN 9780571178216 Format Paperback
Published 15/04/1996 Length 184 pages

About Book

Dennis Potter's most popular television drama, Pennies from Heaven, 'a play with music, in six parts', was first shown in 1978 on BBC1. Set in the thirties, it starred Bob Hoskins and concerned the amorous and geographical wanderings of a travelling sheet music salesman, who is both fortunate and unfortunate enough to believe in the songs in his suitcase. When it was first shown, the free-flowing movement from fact to fiction and back again, shown by characters suddenly performing to old recordings of thirties hit tunes to illustrate their longings, and then returning again to their humdrum lives, was startling and innovatory.
  • About Dennis Potter

    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.

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