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Encyclopedia > The Singing Detective (film)

The Singing Detective was a 2003 film based on the BBC mini-series of the same name, a work by Dennis Potter. It starred Robert Downey Jr. and Mel Gibson. This is a list of film-related events in 2003. ... Corporate logo of the British Broadcasting Corporation The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the national publicly funded broadcaster of the United Kingdom. ... The Singing Detective The Singing Detective was a 1986 BBC television miniseries, written by Dennis Potter, starring Michael Gambon. ... 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. ... Robert Downey Jr. ... Mel Gibson. ...


The film is mostly faithful to the series, with exceptions such as the setting (the United States instead of England), the musical numbers (1950s pop songs instead of 1940s jazz standards), the protagonist's name (changed from "Philip Marlow" to "Dan Dark"), the omission of some of the more detailed events of his childhood, and a more upbeat ending. Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population - Total (mid-2004) - Density Ranked 1st UK 50. ... // Events and trends The 1950s in Western society was marked with a sharp rise in the economy for the first time in almost 30 years and return to the 1920s-type consumer society built on credit and boom-times, as well as the height of the baby-boom from returning... // Events and trends The 1940s were dominated by World War II, the most destructive armed conflict in history. ... Jazz standard refers to a tune that is widely known, performed, and recorded among jazz musicians. ... The protagonist is the central figure of a story, and is often referred to as a storys main character. ...


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Singing Detective, The (1059 words)
Two key incidents in The Singing Detective are based on real-life incidents in childhood--his mother, a pub pianist, being kissed by a man, and Potter's writing a four-letter word on the flboard when his precocious facility as a young writer made him unpopular with other schoolchildren.
The Singing Detective is thus not only the serial that the TV viewer is watching, but the fiction that Marlow is rewriting in his head.
In terms of narrative frequency, The Singing Detective is further marked by a high degree of repetition--of words, events, and visual images--as the same event, or part of it, is retold, re-worked, or recontextualised.
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