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Mark Devlin <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 15 Oct 1996 10:47:56 +-100
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Ok, after much consideration, I'll give you overvalued instead of
overrated.  I stand by the fact that he is overrated but that may well be a
symptom of the fact that he is overvalued.  There are/were few enough
alternatives to turn to in the search for a "quality" television drama
originator and that could almost inevitably lead to overvaluing of those
Hmm... well, sort of.  Define 'stretching form' and we may have something
to talk about there.
Uh oh, "define", damn, now I'm in trouble.  Ok, my first feeling would be
to look at his playing with narrative, his different points of view and his
use of music.  In addition there is his choice of subject and character.
 Overall I'd feel these were new to a television audience and so for that
part I'd describe them as "stretching form".  But that remains specific to
television.  Previous occurances in the theatre, novels and even cinema may
well predate Potter's efforts.  But to my mind he was really only ever
interested in television and it's own specific form.  I'm not making much
sense here - oh well.  I think Dennis would forgive that.
Yes.  But only he could have got the budget.  I preffered Cold Lazarus
to Kareoke...
Understood, only Potter had the clout to get this project going and that
had to be amplified by his impending death.  But big budget or no I still
say they are both single ideas stretched beyond all need.  I can understand
the need to make a final significant and magnificent gesture but if they'd
been a pair of linked single dramas instead of serials then I feel they
would have been much more powerful and packed a helluva punch.
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