Dennis Potter At London Weekend Television: Volume 2

01/10/2007
  |  Buy to Own: 01/10/2007
  |  226 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC
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Synopsis

Three television plays by the controversial and award-winning writer Dennis Potter. In 'Shaggy Dog' (1968), no-nonsense businessman Wilkie (John Neville) is interviewed for a position with a top-of-the-line hotel chain corporation. During the interview, Wilkie attempts to complete a shaggy-dog story. However, his frustrations lead to a total breakdown, and he suddenly snaps and pulls a gun on the interviewers. In 'Moonlight on the Highway' (1969), a troubled young man, David Peters (Ian Holm), rejects the rock music of the day and immerses himself in the tunes of 30s crooner Al Bowlly, who was killed during the London blitz. He collects Bowlly memorabilia, publishes the Bowlly fan-club newsletter, and finds pleasure in lip-synching Bowlly records - but his obsession with Bowlly masks certain darker events in his past. In the semi-autobiographical 'Lay Down Your Arms' (1970), set at the time of the 1956 Suez Crisis and the Russian invasion of Hungary, Private Bob Hawk (Nikolas Simmonds) reports to the London Intelligence Office, where the strength of Soviet troops is under scrutiny.

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