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Rare Dennis Potter film to be screened at history event

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Media captionIn Between Two Rivers, Dennis Potter returned to the village where he was born in the Forest of Dean

A rare film by playwright Dennis Potter is to be shown on the big screen for the first time.

"Between Two Rivers" was originally made by BBC television in June 1960.

The documentary, written and narrated by Potter, shows him returning to his native Forest of Dean after having been away at university in Oxford.

It is to be shown at Gloucester Guildhall's cinema as part of the BBC's Great Gloucestershire History Day in Gloucester this Saturday.

Dennis Potter, who was one of Britain's greatest playwrights, died in 1994 at the age of 59.

He wrote 28 plays including The Singing Detective, Pennies From Heaven, Brimstone and Treacle and Lipstick on Your Collar.

The archive film was made when Potter was working for the BBC as a journalist.

In it he explores the changing nature of the post-war Forest of Dean as he returns to the village of Berry Hill where he was born and grew up.

The film will be shown at the BBC's Great Gloucestershire History Day, which will take place at various locations in Gloucester including St Michael's Tower, the city museum, the folk museum and Blackfriars Priory.

Historian Michael Wood and archaeologist Julian Richards will be among celebrities taking part in question and answer sessions at the Guildhall as part of the event on 7 July.

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