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Karaoke was a television play written by Dennis Potter with the knowledge that he was dying from cancer of the pancreas. A play is a common form of literature, usually consisting chiefly of dialog between characters, and usually intended for performance rather than reading. ... Dennis Christopher George Potter (May 17, 1935 – June 7, 1994) was a controversial English dramatist who is best known for several widely acclaimed television dramas which mixed fantasy and reality, the personal and the social. ... When normal cells are damaged beyond repair, they are eliminated by apoptosis. ... The pancreas is a retroperitoneal organ that serves two functions: exocrine - it produces pancreatic juice containing digestive enzymes endocrine - it produces several important hormones // Anatomy The pancreas is a retroperitoneal organ located posterior to the stomach on the posterior abdominal wall. ...


It forms a pair with the television play Cold Lazarus. The two plays were filmed as a single production by the same team; both were directed by Renny Rye. Cold Lazarus is a television play written by Dennis Potter shortly before his death, and broadcast after it in 1994. ...


Both plays were unique in being co-productions between the BBC and rival broadcaster Channel 4, something Potter had expressly requested before his death. The show was first aired on BBC1 in April 1996 on Sunday evenings, with a repeat on Channel 4 the following day. Corporate logo of the British Broadcasting Corporation The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the national public service broadcaster of the United Kingdom (see British television). ... Channel 4 is a public service television broadcaster in the United Kingdom (see British television). ... BBC One (or BBC1 as it was formerly styled) is the oldest United Kingdom, and indeed, the world. ... April is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four with the length of 30 days. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...


Karaoke's main character is Daniel Feeld, played by Albert Finney. Feeld is a writer, and is supervising the editing of a play called Karaoke that he wrote for broadcast. He starts to hear and experience events in the play in real life, and meets a character, called Pig Mailion (a pun on Pygmalion) that he thought he had invented. Albert Finney Albert Finney (born 9 May 1936) is a British actor. ... A pun (also known as paronomasia) is a figure of speech which consists of a deliberate confusion of similar words or phrases for rhetorical effect, whether humorous or serious. ... Pygmalion may refer to the following: Pygmalion, a king of Tyre, brother of Queen Dido of Carthage. ...


In his introduction to the screenplay (published by Faber & Faber), Potter writes: "I offer up the pieces in my love and my life." The first play includes perhaps the most self-revealing exchange in all of Dennis Potter's work. A fellow patient in hospital asks Feeld if he likes 'gardens,' and Feeld replies, "I like the word 'garden'." Faber and Faber is a celebrated publishing house in the UK, notable in particular for publishing the poetry of T. S. Eliot. ...


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Karaoke (play) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (204 words)
Karaoke was a television play written by Dennis Potter with the knowledge that he was dying from cancer of the pancreas.
Both plays were unique in being co-productions between the BBC and rival broadcaster Channel 4, something Potter had expressly requested before his death.
Karaoke's main character is Daniel Feeld, played by Albert Finney.
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