TV Episode | | Comedy, Drama
For the BBC's PLAY FOR TODAY series, Dennis Potter wrote this reflexive commentary on writers and actresses, the first Potter production to be done entirely on film. Playwright Martin Ellis... See full summary »
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It is most clear in this production that the puritanical playwright played by Alan Dobie is deliberately meant to remind viewers of the actual author, Dennis Potter, many of whose well-known mannerisms (for example, his habit, caused by psoriasis, of holding his cigarettes between the third and fourth fingers of his hand) are faithfully mimicked. As the character becomes increasingly unhinged as the play progresses, this is rather disturbing.