The Singing Detective

1986, TV Show

Dennis Potter's compelling, wonderfully surreal six-part musical miniseries probes the mind of cynical mystery writer Philip E. Marlow, who's bedridden in a hospital with a debilitating case of psoriasis when he begins to fantasize that he's a crooning 1940s gumshoe in one of his pulp novels. Blurred with his hallucinations are reflections from his troubled childhood. The Peabody-winning production first aired on the BBC in 1986, and was made into a feature film with Robert Downey Jr. in 2003.

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Suffering from the skin disease psoriasis and a crippling arthritis, detective novelist Dan Dark (Robert Downey Jr.) is in such pain in a hospital that he begins to delve into fantasy. He begins to confuse himself with the his a character in his book, a detective investigating the murder of a prostitute.

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Premiered: November 16, 1986, on BBC
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Premise: Dennis Potter's compelling, wonderfully surreal six-part musical miniseries probes the mind of cynical mystery writer Philip E. Marlow, who's bedridden in a hospital with a debilitating case of psoriasis when he begins to fantasize that he's a crooning 1940s gumshoe in one of his pulp novels. Blurred with his hallucinations are reflections from his troubled childhood. The Peabody-winning production first aired on the BBC in 1986, and was made into a feature film with Robert Downey Jr. in 2003.

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