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Chris Worsnop <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 16 Oct 1997 14:00:12 -0400
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I am a little surprised that this morning's mail is not full of messages
about last night's episode of Chicago Hope. There was such a fuss about ER's
live broadcast of its first episode of the season, I expected the same after
the competing hospital decided to do a Dennis Potter on US network TV. Just
imagine, only a dozen years after The Singing Detective, Pennies From Heaven
and Lipstick on Your Collar, we get a taste of the same technique.
Was it a rip off, or was it a tribute? Well, one of the one-time characters
who appeared in this episode was mysteriously named Potter. You decide.
I enjoyed the show, don't get me wrong, but I wonder how many people who saw
it realized that it owed its off beat technique to a British  writer who got
his doctors to keep him alive just long enough to finish his last two
screenplays: Karaoke and Cold Lazarus.
I'd be interested in other comments, and any word on sources for Dennis
Potter's work.
Chris M. Worsnop
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