The Singing Detective

The Singing Detective (1986)

  • Genre: Drama
  • Creator: Dennis Potter
  • First Air Date: 1986-11-16
  • Last Air Date: 1986-12-21
  • Total Seasons: 1
  • Total Episodes: 6
  • Status: Ended
  • Episode Runtime: 70 min.
  • Production Company: BBC
  • Networks: BBC One
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Tormented and bedridden by a debilitating disease, a mystery writer relives his detective stories through his imagination and hallucinations.

  • Keywords: detective, hallucination, surreal, musical, film noir, miniseries, hospital, psychiatrist, mystery writer, 1940s
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    The Singing Detective Seasons

    Season 0

    First Air Date: 1986-11-14
    4 Episodes

    Season 1

    First Air Date: 1986-11-16
    6 Episodes

    The Singing Detective Episodes

    Title Air Date Duration
    Season 1Episode 1Skin70 min
    Season 1Episode 2Heat70 min
    Season 1Episode 3Lovely Days70 min
    Season 1Episode 4Clues70 min
    Season 1Episode 5Pitter Patter70 min
    Season 1Episode 6Who Done It70 min
    • Michael Gambon

      as Philip Marlow
    • Jim Carter

      as Mr. Marlow
    • Patrick Malahide

      as Mark Binney
    • Alison Steadman

      as Mrs. Marlow
    • Janet Suzman

      as Nicola
    • Joanne Whalley

      as Nurse Mills
    • Imelda Staunton

      as Staff Nurse White
    • David Ryall

      as Mr. Hall
    • Ron Cook

      as First Mysterious Man
    • George Rossi

      as Second Mysterious Man
    • Janet Henfrey

      as Schoolteacher
    • Simon Chandler

      as Dr. Finlay
    • David Thewlis

      as Second Soldier
    Production Kenith Trodd Producer
    Art Jim Clay Production Design
    Costume & Make-Up Hazel Pethig Costume Design
    Editing Bill Wright Editor
    Editing Sue Wyatt Editor
    Production John Harris Producer
    Production Rick McCallum Executive Producer
    Crew Ken Westbury Cinematography