Dennis Potter: 3 to Remember
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
Each of the productions is masterfully acted and directed. Some of Britain's very best may be seen at their very best. But then you come to the writing. Rain on the roof may be the sickest, nastiest, most vicious play I've ever encountered. Cream in my Coffee is maddenlingly nasty, and it's sad to see the great comedian Lionel Jeffreys playing an utterly loathsome old man who tortures his wife verbally and endlessly.
The jewel in this collection is Blade on the Feather. It is magnificent. The casting is perfect, starting with Donald Pleasance. The drama falters a bit only at the ending, with corny lightning effects and a somewhat muddled exchange between Tom Conti and Denholm Elliott. In any case, no serious fan of British drama would want to miss this production. Alone, it is worth the price of the boxed collection.
In short, 3 to Remember is a mixed bag. Perhaps it should have been called 1 to Remember and 2 to Forget.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dennis Potter left too soon. Provocative points of view cleverly illustrated.Published 3 months ago by Barbara C. Swenson
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 overPublished 23 months ago by astitchintime
I am a huge fan of British TV and films. I wanted so much to like this set of DVDs but alas, for me the films had long, tedious scenes which put me to sleep midway through. Read morePublished on June 5, 2010 by J F Whitmore
I purchased this set as a gift for a Dennis Potter fan who reported that he enjoyed it; I have not watched the DVDs myself.Published on February 28, 2010 by Quidnunc
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