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Dennis Potter

Michael Parkinson's castaway is playwright Dennis Potter.

This week’s castaway is the playwright Dennis Potter. Best known for his television series Pennies from Heaven and The Singing Detective, Potter worked as a journalist and television critic before turning to writing. In conversation with Michael Parkinson, he looks back on his childhood in the mining community of Forest of Dean, his career in Britain and Hollywood and talks about coping with psoriatic arthropathy.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: My Happiness by The Pied Pipers
Book: Spycatcher by Peter Wright
Luxury: Train set

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40 minutes

Last on

Fri 26 Feb 1988 09:05

Music Played

  • Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra

    I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

  • York Celebrations Choir

    Onward Christian Soldiers

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • The Pied Pipers

      My Happiness

  • Max Harris & His Novelty Trio

    Peg O' My Heart

  • Champion Jack Dupree

    Walking The Blues

  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Der Freischütz

    Choir: Chorus Of The Bavarian Radio

  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Mood Indigo

  • Carroll Gibbons and His Boy Friends

    Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

  • Book Choice

    • Spycatcher - Peter Wright

  • Luxury Choice

    • Train set


Role Contributor
Presenter Michael Parkinson
Interviewed Guest Dennis Potter


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