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Blue Remembered Hills

Dennis Potter

In Blue Remembered Hills: and other plays introduced by the author, Dennis Hopper casts new light on his classic plays Blue Remembered Hills, Joe’s Ark and Cream in My Coffee.

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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…

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