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The Singing Detective

TV Mini-Series

Country: UK

Genre: Drama, Musical, Mystery



Screenwriter Dennis Potter weaves together three worlds - a contemporary hospital, a noir thriller, and the wartime England of Potter's own boyhood. Hospitalised and tormented by a terrible skin disease, former writer of detective fiction Philip Marlow (Michael Gambon) rewrites in his head one of his old novels, "The Singing Detective", whilst recalling events in his boyhood which left a lasting psychological legacy of guilt and disgust.


  • This miniseries was ranked 20th on the British Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes, as voted by industry professionals in 2000.
Picture for The Singing Detective


  • Michael Gambon
    (Philip Marlow)
  • Janet Suzman
  • Patrick Malahide
    (Mark Binney/Finney/Raymond)
  • Lyndon Davies
    (Philip Marlow, aged 10)
  • Alison Steadman
    (Mrs. Marlow/Lili)
  • Jim Carter
    (Mr. Marlow)
  • Joanne Whalley
    (Nurse Mills)
  • David Ryall
    (Mr. Hall)
  • Janet Henfrey
  • Martin Camm
  • Darren Williams
  • William Speakman
    (Mark Binney, aged 10)

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