Great British TV dramas remembered at BFI Southbank

Released on: June 04, 2014, 4:22 am (EDT)
Industry: Travel, Entertainment

The venue will begin showing the complete surviving works of legendary TV writer Dennis Potter

LONDON, -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- One of British television's most important writers, Dennis Potter, will be the subject of a special retrospective at the BFI Southbank, London's illustrious home for cinema. The BFI Southbank is located on the South Bank by Waterloo Bridge close to the National Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, London Aquarium, Tate Modern, London Eye and other London cultural landmarks. To explore the attractions in the area, see, the London website that contains the most up-to-date listings for London events and exhibitions at thousands of venue, as well as the latest booking information for London hotels and restaurants.

Dennis Potter, who died in 1994, produced a body of work specifically for television that redefined the TV drama. Starting on 6th June, the BFI Southbank will begin to screen the entire surviving canon of his work to mark the 20th anniversary of his death. The catalogue of work is so vast that it will be screened in four parts, over two years, each focusing on a pertinent theme: Politics and Betrayal', in June, followed by The Outsider Inside' in July, then Faith and Redemption' and Sex & Death' in June and July 2015.

There will also be a number of events including a talk on 26th June by playwright Mark Ravenhill, who will offer his own personal response to Potter following the documentary: Close Up: Dennis Potter: Under the Skin (BBC, 1998). The screenings of Potter's films will include For Paper Roses (ITV, 1971), in which Potter drew on his experiences as a Fleet Street journalist, and Lay Down Your Arms (ITV, 1980), in which a Private recruited for British Intelligence battles with the Establishment. July's films will include Pennies from Heaven (the complete series, BBC, 1978), a totally original, innovative and unique form of television drama and Lipstick on Your Collar (the complete series, Channel 4, 1993), as well rarely seen plays such as Angels Are So Few (BBC, 1970), Only Make Believe (BBC, 1973) and Brimstone and Treacle (BBC, 1976).

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