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Dennis Potter: 3 to Remember (2009)

Donald Pleasence , Tom Conti , Gavin Millar , Richard Loncraine  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Donald Pleasence, Tom Conti, Peggy Ashcroft, Michael Culver, Phoebe Nicholls
  • Directors: Gavin Millar, Richard Loncraine, Alan Bridges
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 252 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JQHT1M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,362 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dennis Potter: 3 to Remember" on IMDb

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Considered one of the most important figures in the history of British television, Dennis Potter (The Singing Detective, Pennies from Heaven) created numerous widely-acclaimed television dramas. Powerful and often controversial, his groundbreaking works continue to enthrall audiences worldwide. Dennis Potter: 3 To Remember showcases three exquisite but rarely-seen teleplays shot on location and specifically produced for London Weekend Television.

Blade on the Feather (Original UK Broadcast: 10/19/80)
Jason (Donald Pleasence), a reclusive author, is visited by Daniel (Tom Conti), a young admirer, but both men are more than they claim to be. After Daniel seduces Jason's daughter, dark secrets are unearthed.

Rain on the Roof (Original UK Broadcast: 10/26/80)
Disturbed by her husband's infidelity, Janet (Cheryl Campbell) flirts with her simple reading student Billy (Ewan Stewart). Unfortunately, her advances trigger aggressive behavior in Billy, putting her and her husband in danger.

Cream in my Coffee (Original UK Broadcast: 11/2/80)
Past and present intertwine between the early 1930s - where a young couple Bernard (Peter Chelsom) and June (Shelagh McLeod) are having a pre-marital fling, and the present - where the same couple, now elderly (played by Lionel Jeffries and Peggy Ashcroft), revisit the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne, the scene of their blossoming romance.

Also Includes: Dennis Potter: The Last Interview
Broadcast in April 1994, this Channel 4 television special was recorded only three months prior to Potter's death and features the dramatist candidly discussing his life and career with interviewer Melvyn Bragg.


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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars one of TV's greatest artists June 19, 2009
Dennis Potter is perhaps not a household name in the US, despite notable successes like his two landmark miniseries, namely Pennies From Heaven ($49.98; BBC Video) and The Singing Detective ($39.98; BBC Video). But he towered over the UK TV industry with the combined genius of, say, Steven Bochco, David Lynch and Joss Whedon. In fact, his last work was shown by both the BBC and Channel 4, which is like ABC and FOX airing the same TV movie, which is unimaginable. Despite overwhelming acclaim, far too few of his films have been seen here. So I'm chomping at the bit to watch Dennis Potter: 3 To Remember ($39.98; Koch), which contains three TV films shown on consecutive weekends in 1980. Stars include Donald Pleasance, Peggy Ashcroft and Denholm Elliott. But I doubt any of them will equal the extra included: the riveting final interview with Potter that aired on Channel 4 in 1994 just three months before his death, with the deeply ill Potter literally drinking a morphine cocktail while talking about his life and work and desire to finish one final teleplay before he died. Visit me at michaelgiltz dot com.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Trilogy of British Dramas February 27, 2009
Dennis Potter created several widely acclaimed British TV dramas, including "The Singing Detective" and "Pennies From Heaven." "Dennis Potter: 3 to Remember" is a box set featuring a trio of 1980 dramas produced by Potter for London Weekend Television. "Cream in My Coffee" tells the story of an elderly couple (Lionel Jeffries, Peggy Ashcroft) who return to the hotel where they began their affair in the early 1930's. "Blade on the Feather" stars Donald Pleasance as a reclusive, elderly author living a quiet life with his wife and daughter. The household is soon turned upside down when a young man (Tom Conti) proclaiming to be a longtime admirer shows up for a visit. Neither the author nor the admirer are really who they say they are, and a secret world of British espionage is revealed. In "Rain on the Roof," a bored, sexually frustrated housewife (Cheryl Campbell) flirts with Billy, a mentally challenged young man, but her advances trigger aggressive behavior in Billy directed toward her philandering husband. The one extra in the three-disc set is the last interview with Dennis Potter, recorded three months before his death.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine examples of Potter's earlier works January 25, 2013
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What can one say, if you like Potter then you will like these. Written with all of Potters quirky style and faithfully reproduced for TV, the casts are brilliantly chosen and the acting, direction and photography (or is it filming - iether way) is of the highest standard. Why not 5 ? because it leaves me with nowhere to go if and when i view or read something better. If you like Potter and you like the early English play/TV style productions you will like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strange and well told story October 19, 2013
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"Don't let the team down, old boy."

I bought this for the obscure "Blade on the Feather" which appeared once on local cable and then never to be seen again.
Glad it made it to DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant works by a master September 14, 2014
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brilliant works by a master! Loved them since I first saw them on TV when they first were released....so glad to have them for my collection..worth seeing many times over
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