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This list includes hyperlinked references from within the pages on this site, and a large selection of other published material related to Dennis Potter. It is, therefore, a bibliography rather than a list of references. Who knows, one day I may have time to convert it into an annotated bibliography.


Andrew, N. (1989) "Dark angel", Radio Times, 25 November - 1 December

Antor, H. (2000) 'Is there a ship on the horizon? Notes on the ethics of Dennis Potter's new humanist postmodernism in Sufficient Carbohydrate', in V. Gras & J.R. Cook (eds.)

Ansorge, P. (1997) From Liverpool to Los Angeles: On Writing for Theatre, Film and Television, Faber & Faber ISBN 0 571 17912 6

Anthony, A. (1996) "Dennis from heaven", Observer Review, 5 May, p. 18

Appleyard, B. (1986)  "Dennis Potter, making a drama out of a crisis", The Times, 9 September

Arditti, M. (1998) "The life of Dennis the menaced", Independent, Friday Review, 4 September, p. 5.


Bakewell, J. (1976) "Wrestling with a vision", Sunday Times Magazine, 14 November

Banks-Smith, N. (1966a) TV Review of Emergency - Ward 9, The Sun, 12 April

Banks-Smith, N. (1966b) TV Review of Where the Buffalo Roam, The Sun, 3 November

Barker, A. (1988) "What the detective saw or a case of mistaken identity", BFI Monthly Film Bulletin, 55:654, July, pp. 193-5

Barnett, A. (1987) "Detecting the British disease", Listener, 1 January, p. 24

Baxendale, J. & Pauling, C. (1996) "Pennies from Heaven: Revisiting the Thirties as popular culture", in Narrating the Thirties: A Decade in the Making, Macmillan, pp. 168-87

Bell, R.H. (1993) "Implicated without choice; the double vision of The Singing Detective", Literature and Film Quarterly, Vol. 21, pp. 200-216.

Berkmann, M. (1996) "A glorious exit but who saw it?", Sunday Express, 26 May, p. 93

Billington, M. (1995) "Gospel according to Dennis", Guardian, 20 October, p. 8

Black, P. (1966) television review, Daily Mail, 3 November

Bond, M. (1996) "Potter in extremis and perhaps in excelsis", The Times, 10 April, p. 17

Bondebjerg, I. (1992) "Intertextuality and metafiction: genre and narration in the television fiction of Dennis Potter", in M. Skormand & K.C. Schroder (eds.) Media Cultures: Reappraising Traditional Media, Routledge, pp. 161-179

Bose, M. (1992) "Coffee without cream" in Michael Grade: Screening the Image, Virgin Books, pp. 103-121

Bradberry, G. (1998) "'My Dad was not Dirty Den'", (Interview with Sarah Potter) The Times, 2 September, p. 15

Bragg, M. (1996) "How Dennis Potter found serenity", The Times, 10 April, p. 17

Bragg, M. (1996) "A strolling player", Observer Review, 28 April, p. 10

Brie, S. (2000) '"Yesterday Once More": thoughts on the relationship between popular music, audience and authorial intention in Dennis Potter's 'Pennies from Heaven, The Singing Detective and Lipstick On Your Collar', in V. Gras & J.R. Cook (eds.)

Brooks, R. (1989) "All in the dark eye of the beholder", Observer, 19 November

Brooks, R. (1995) "A matter of life and death", Observer, 4 June

Brooks, R. (1996) "Auntie tolerates Potter F-words", Observer, 31 March, p. 3

Brooks, R. (1998a) "Obsession that made Dennis Potter a sex pest", Observer, 29 March, p. 1.

Brooks, R. (1998b) "Dennis the menace plagued women who stirred his lust", Observer, 29 March, p.3

Burn, G. (1970) "Television is the only medium that counts", Radio Times, 8 October.

Canby, V. (1988) "Is this year's best film on television?", New York Times, 10 July, p. 1, 8

Carpenter, H. (1998) Dennis Potter: A Biography, Faber & Faber

Combs, R. (1988) "Feature films - Track 29", BFI Monthly Film Bulletin, Vol. 55, no. 654, pp. 191-2

Colley, I, & Davies, G. (1980) "Pennies from Heaven: music, image, text", Screen Education, Vol. 25, Summer, pp. 63-78

Connelly, G. (2000) 'Multiple narratives in Dennis Potter's Blackeyes: constructing identity as cultural dialogue', in V. Gras & J.R. Cook (eds.)

Connolly, J. (1996) "The truthfullest man in the world", The Times, 24 October, p. 19

Connolly, R. (1978) "When the penny dropped", Evening Standard, 21 March

Cooper, H. (1995) "The angel in us", The Month, Sept./Oct., Vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 79 - 87

Corrigan, T. (1991) "Music from heaven: bodies in hell: The Singing Detective", in A Cinema Without Walls: Movies and Culture After Vietnam, Routledge, pp. 179-93

Cook, J.R. (1995) Dennis Potter - A Life on Screeen, Manchester: Manchester University Press ISBN 0 - 7190 4602 5

Cook, J.R. (1998a) "The truth about Potter", Independent, Weekend review, 22 August, p. 12.

Cook, J.R. (1998b) Dennis Potter - A Life on Screeen, 2nd Edition, Manchester: Manchester University Press ISBN 0 - 7190 5423 0

Cook, J. R. (2000) '"Lost lands?": Dennis Potter, childhood and the quest for the sovereign self', in V. Gras & J.R. Cook (eds.)

Coward, R. (1987) "Dennis Potter and the question of the television author", Critical Quarterly, 29: 4, pp. 79-87

Craig, M. (1976) "Dennis Potter on a 'protective institution', The Listener, 1 May, p. 613

Creeber, G. (1996) "Banality with a beat: Dennis Potter and the paradox of popular music", Media, Culture and Society, Vol. 18, No. 3, July, pp. 501 - 08

Creeber, G. (1998) Dennis Potter ~ Between Two Worlds: A Critical Reassessment, Macmillan/St. Martin's Press ISBN 0 333 71390 7

Creeber, G. (2000) '"The Anxious and the Uprooted": Dennis Potter and Richard Hoggart, scholarship boys' in V. Gras & J.R. Cook (eds.)

Culf, A. (1996) "Pure. Potter plays produce a posthumous put-down for his critics", Guardian,
16 April, p. 3.

Cunningham, J. (1983) "Flavour of decay", Guardian, 6 December, p11.

Cushman, R. (1976) "Dennis Potter: the values of a television playwright", Radio Times, 3-9 April


Davidson, M. (1996) Potter's cold future imperfect", Daily Mail, 27 May, p. 33

Day-Lewis, S. (1996) "Potter's last will of iron", Daily Telegraph, 24 April

Dickson, E. J. (1993) "Potter back on song", Radio Times, 20-26 February

Dougary, V. (1992) "Potter's weal", The Times Saturday Review, 26 September

Duffy, S. (1995) Never mind the sex here's Dennis Potter, unpublished BA Dissertation, University of Hertfordshire.

Eastaugh, K. (1966) television review, Daily Mirror, 3 November

Evans, D.R. (2000) '"Grasping the Constellation": Dennis Potter and the mythologies of popular culture' in V. Gras & J.R. Cook (eds.)


Fiddick, P. (1980a) "The careful cultivator", Guardian, 3 November, p. 9.

Fiddick, P. (1980b) "Counting the pennies", Guardian, 29 July, p. 9.

Fuller, G. (1989a) "Dennis in fatherland", Village Voice, 21 February, p. 55.

Fuller, G. (1989b) "Dollars from heaven", The Listener, 4 May, pp. 33-4.

Fuller, G. (1989c) "Dennis Potter", American Film, V. 14/5, pp. 31-3.

Fuller, G. (Ed.) (1993) Potter on Potter, Faber and Faber

Gibson, J. (1996) "Shoot film", Televisual, May, pp. 39-44.

Gilbert, W.S. (1995) Fight & Kick & Bite: The Life and Works of Dennis Potter, Hodder & Stoughton ISBN 0 - 340 - 64047 - 2

Gill, A.A. (1996) "Over-indulged to the bitter end", The Sunday Times, Section 10, 28 April, pp. 12-13.

Grant, S. (1986) "Potter's art", Time Out, 8-15 February

Grant, S. (1993) "Potter's gold", Time Out, 10-17 February

Gras, V. W. (2000) 'Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective: an exemplum of dialogical ethics', in V. Gras & J.R. Cook (eds.)

Gras, V. W. & Cook, J. R. (eds.) (2000) The Passion of Dennis Potter: International Collected Essays, New York: St. Martins Press

Green, J. (1966) Talking TV, London Evening News, 7 September , p. 7.

Gritten, D. (1996) "Dennis Potter's final act", Telegraph Magazine, 20 April.

Harrison, I. B. (2000) 'The final days, the final plays, the final ploys', in V. Gras & J.R. Cook (eds.)

Hattersley, R.(1996) "Karaoke goes off key", Daily Express, 29 April, p. 51.

Hellen, N. (1997) "Potter's life of vice girls is revealed", The Sunday Times, 13 April, p. 3.

Hey, S. (1996) "Making a drama out of a corpse", Independent, 27 April, p. 17.

Hitchens, C. (1994) "Potter's field", Vanity Fair, August, pp. 16-19.

Hoberman, J. (1988) "Noir out", Village Voice, 13 December, p. 73.

Hunningher, J. (1993) "The Singing Detective: Who done it?" in G. W. Brandt (ed.) British Television Drama in the 1980s, Cambridge University Press, pp. 234 - 257


Jardine, C. (1996) "A family of rows and reconciliations", Daily Telegraph, 26 April, p. 17.

Jeffries, S. (1996) "Singing invective", Guardian, 29 April.


Kavanagh, P. J. (1982) "Potter to the rescue", Sunday Telegraph Magazine, 4 June.

Kemp, P. (1996) "Potter's reels", The Times Literary Supplement, 26 April, p. 11.

Koenig, R. (1989) "The pain of a black eye from the critics", Independent, 18 December

Lambert, A. (1988) "The thin skin of democracy", Independent, 4 November.

Lawson, M. (1993) "Skin flicks", Independent Magazine, 13 February, pp. 28-32.

Lawson, M. (1996) "Lukewarm Lazarus from Potter", Guardian, 15 April.

Lippard, C. (2000) 'Confined bodies, wandering minds: memory, paralysis and the self in some earlier works of Dennis Potter', in V. Gras & J.R. Cook (eds.)

Lennon, P. (1986) "Dennis Potter: a man with a lash", Listener, 20 November, pp. 14-15.

Lennon, P. (1995) "Keepers of the flame", Guardian, Part 2, 22 April, pp. 2, 4.

Levin, A. (1994) The Weekend Interview [with Sarah Potter], Daily Mail Weekend, 22 October, pp. 6-7.

Lichtenstein, T. (1990) "Syncopated thriller: Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective", Artforum, May, pp. 168-72

Littlejohn, B. (1996) "Thanks for the naked blind girl, Dennis", Guardian, 5 April, p. 19.

Longrigg, C. (1997a) "Veteran producer axed after savaging BBC chiefs", Guardian, 8 February.

Longrigg, C. (1997b) "Blue remembered thrills", Guardian, 16 April, p. 2/3.

Longrigg, C. (1998) "Potter's sex life 'wishful thinking'", Guardian, 30 March.

Lyttle, J. (1986) "Sing as you go", City Limits, 6 - 13 November, p. 20.

MacLoughlin, S. (1968) television preview, Radio Times, 14 November

Marinov, S. (2000) 'Pennies from Heaven, The Singing Detective and Lipstick On Your Collar: redefining the genre of musical film', in V. Gras & J.R. Cook (eds.)

McNulty, M. (1996) "Last testament to Dennis Potter", Broadcast Supplement, 8 March, p. 12-13.

Mitchell, A. (1965) television review, The Sun, 25 February

Morrison, B. (1998) "The beast and his many beauties", Independent on Sunday, 30 August, C9.

Muller, D. (ed.) (1973) The Television Dramatist, Paul Elek.


Nathan, D. (1993) "Private Pottah's post-war work", Sunday Telegraph, 21 February

NYMTVR (1991) The Television of Dennis Potter: Catalog for the 1992 retrospective of the New York Museum of TV and radio.


Oakes, P. (1971) "Potter's path", The Sunday Times, 8 November

Oakes, P. (1986) "A suitable sleuth for treatment", Radio Times, November


Pearson, A. (1994) "Dennis in heaven", Independent on Sunday, 12 June, pp. 4 - 7.

Pearson, A. (1995) "TV's Mr. Sex", The Observer, 22 October, p. 16.

Phillips, M. (1996) "Something to tickle the taste buds", Independent on Sunday, Easter Sunday.

Potter, D. (1958) Base ingratitude?, New Statesman, 3 May

Potter, D. (1960) The Glittering Coffin, Gollancz

Potter, D. (1966) 'Cue teleciné - put on the kettle', New Society, 22nd September, pp. 456-7

Potter, D.(1967) The Nigel Barton Plays, Harmondsworth: Penguin

Potter, D. (1968) 'Prejudice, it seems, is multi-coloured', In My View, The Sun, 26 January

Potter, D. (1968) 'The night I realised I, too, fear the stranger', The Sun, 29 April

Potter, D. (1970) Son of Man, Samuel French

Potter, D. (1972) 'Alf takes over', New Statesman, 20 October

Potter, D. (1978) Brimstone and Treacle, Eyre Methuen

Potter, D. (1983) Sufficient Carbohydrate, Faber and Faber

Potter, D. (1984) Blue Remembered Hills, Samuel French

Potter, D. (1984b) Dennis Potter on Television: Waiting for the Boat, Faber and Faber

Potter, D. (1986a) The Singing Detective, Faber and Faber

Potter, D. (1986b) Ticket to Ride, Faber and Faber

Potter, D. (1989) Blackeyes, Faber and Faber

Potter, D. (1993) Lipstick on Your Collar, Faber and Faber.

Potter, D. (1994) Seeing the Blossom: Two Interviews and a Lecture, Faber & Faber

Potter, D. (1996a) The Changing Forest: Life in the Forest of Dean Today, Mandarin Paperbacks (ISBN 0 7493 8643 6) Originally published in 1962  by Martin Secker and Warburg

Potter, D. (1996b) Blue Remembered Hills and other plays, Faber and Faber (includes Joe's Ark and Cream in My Coffee) [previously published as Potter 1984b]

Potter, D. (1996c) Karaoke and Cold Lazarus, Faber and Faber

Potter, D. (1996d) Pennies from Heaven, Faber and Faber


Purser, P. (1968) Television review of A Beast with Two Backs, Sunday Telegraph, 24 November

Purser, P. (1969) "A playwright comes of age", Daily Telegraph Magazine, 2 April

Purser, P. (1981) "Dennis Potter" in G.W. Brandt (ed.) British Television Drama, Cambridge University Press, pp. 168-93

Purser, P. (2000) 'Dennis's other hat', in V. Gras & J.R. Cook (eds.)

Raven, S. (1983) "Relative values", The Sunday Times Magazine, 14 August

Raynor, H. (1968) television review, The Times, 21 November

Rees, J. (1996) "Dennis Potter: the end game", Independent, 25 April.

Reynolds, S. (1967) television review, Guardian, 3 August

Reynolds, S. (1968) 'Beastiness': television review of A Beast with Two Backs, The Guardian, 21 November, p.7

Rose, L. (1997a) "Giving the devil his due", Washington Post, 4 November, p. E07.

Rose, L. (1997b) "Potter's sexual healing: the British writer and the temporal doom", Washington Post, 9 November, p. G09


Saynor, J. (1989) "Black and blue," The Listener, 1 June, pp. 4-7

Skormand, M.  & Schroder, K.C.  (eds.) (1992) Media Cultures: Reappraising Traditional Media, Routledge

Sear, R. (1965) television review, Daily Mirror, 25 February

Smyth, B. (1996) "A forester fed by a turmoil of ideas and emotions", Forest and Wye Valley Review, Vol. 17, no. 1. 5 January, p. 4.

Stead, P. (1993) Dennis Potter, Borderlines Series, Brigend: Seren Books

Stead, P. (2000) 'The public and the private in Dennis Potter', in V. Gras & J.R. Cook (eds.)

Summers, S. (1985) "Return of the prodigal Potter", The Sunday Times, 15 September

Sutcliffe, T. (1996) "Where are the Potters of today?", Independent Weekend, 6 April, p. 7.

Taylor, P. (1996) "Blue Remembered Hills", Independent, 4 May, p. 10.

Thomas, J. (1966) television review, Daily Express, 3 November

Torode, J. (1998) "Golden girls and Dennis Potter's dark fantasies", Daily Mail, 30 March, pp. 18-19

Trodd, K. (2000) '"Whose Dennis is it anyway?"' in V. Gras & J.R. Cook (eds.)

Twisk, R. (1969) "Son of Man," Radio Times, 10 April


Virchow-Voigts, E. (1994) "Learning by Suffering/Singing: Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective as a Musical Tragicomedy of Disease" in Contemporary Drama in English, CDE 1. Trier: WVT.

Voigts-Virchow, E. (1995) Maennerphantasien-Introspektion und gebrochene Wirklichkeitsillusion im Drama von Dennis Potter. Trier: WVT.

Voigts-Virchow, E. (2000) '"Cornucopia of tinsel": Dennis Potter and the culture of advertising', in V. Gras & J.R. Cook (eds.)

Wallach, R. (2000) 'Socialist allegory in Dennis Potter's Lipstick On Your Collar', in V. Gras & J.R. Cook (eds.)

Wapshott, N. (1980) "Dennis Potter: knowing what goes on in people's heads," The Times, 21 April.

Ward, A. (1988) "TV's tormented master," The New York Times, 13 November.

Waterman, I. (1996) "Potter's last cheer or leer?", Daily Express, 12 April, p. 37.

White, I. (1993) "Dennis the menace", The Sunday Times, 14 February.

Wiggin, M. (1966) television review, Sunday Times, 3 November.

Wiggin, M.  (1968) television review, The Sunday Times, 24 November.

Worsley, T. C. (1967) television review, Financial Times, 10 May

Wright, P. (1993) "The last acre of truth", Guardian, 15 February, section 2, p. 2

Wu, D. (1995) "Dennis Potter: the angel in us" in Duncan Wu, Six Contemporary English Dramatists: Bennett, Potter, Gray, Brenton, Hare, Ayckbourn, Macmillan.

Wyver, J. (1980) "The long non-revolution of Dennis Potter", Time Out, 17-23 October, pp. 18-19

Wyver, J. (1987) "Paradise perhaps", Time Out,  3 March, pp. 12 - 13

Wyver, J. (1989) "Arrows of desire", New Statesman, 24 November


Drama and television secondary sources for further background reading

Allen, R.C. (ed.) (1992) Channels of Discourse, Re-assembled,

Bakewell, J. & Garnham, N. (eds.) (1970) The New Priesthood: British television today, Allen Lane/Penguin

Brandt, G.W. (ed.) (1981) British Television Drama,Cambridge: CUP

Brandt, G.W. (ed.) (1993) British Television Drama in the 1980s, Cambridge: CUP

Cashmore, E. (1994) ....... and there was television.

Corner, J. (ed.) (1991) Popular Television in Britain: Studies in Cultural History, BFI Publishing

Palmer, J. (1991) Potboilers,

Self, D. (1984) Television Drama: An Introduction,

Shubik, I. (1975) Play for Today: The evolution of television drama, Davis-Poynter

Silverstone, R. (1994) Television and Everyday Life,

Tulloch, J. (1990) TV Drama: Agency, Audience, Myth, Routledge

Tunstall, J. (1993) Television Producers,

Wilson, T. (1992) Watching Television: Hermeneutics, Reception and Popular Culture,


Further sources for insights into social, cultural and political background

Addison,P. (1995) Now the War is Over: A Social History of Britain, 1945 - 1951, Pimlico

Butler, L. & Jones, H. (1995) Britain in the 20th Century: A Documentary Reader, 1939-1970, Heinemann

Carlton,D. (1988) Britain and the Suez Crisis, Oxford: Blackwell

Hart, C. (1971) The Industrial History of Dean, David Charles: Forest of Dean

Holland,R. (1991) The Pursuit of Greatness: Britain and the World Role, 1900 - 1970, Harper Collins

Laqueur, W. (1992) Europe in Our Time, Harmondsworth:Penguin

Lloyd, T.O. (1993) [4th edition] Empire, Welfare State, Europe: English History 1906 - 1992, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Maltby, R. (ed.) (1989) Dreams for Sale: Popular Culture in the 20th Century, Harrap

Marwick,A. (1971) The Explosion of British Society, Chaucer

Monk, L.A. (1976) Britain,1945 - 1970, G.Bell & Son

Pelling, H. (1961) A Short History of the Labour Party, Macmillan

Poivier (1966) Worlds Elsewhere, Oxford:Oxford UP

Reising, (1986) The Unusable Past, Methuen

Reynolds (1993) Novel Images,Routledge

Sinfield A. (1989) Literature, Politics and culture in Post-War Britain,

Sked A. & Cook, C. (1979) Post-War Britain, Harmondsworth: Penguin

Stevenson, J. (1984) British Society, 1914 - 1945, Harmondsworth: Penguin

Taylor, D. (1990) Days of Vision ... TV Drama then and now, Methuen

Taylor, J.R. (ed.) (1968) Look Back in Anger: A Casebook, Macmillan 

The bibliography pages are, of course, incomplete (although pretty impressive , eh?) Please suggest other readings to me if you think they might be usefully added to the list.





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