Filmed for British television in 1986 and shown theatrically in the US two years later, this complex, six-and-a-half hour drama is one of playwright-novelist Dennis Potter's most challenging works. The increasingly surreal story line enters an author's mind as he suffers from a disabling
skin disorder, and bounces between his day-to-day hospital experiences and humiliations, his childhood at age 10, as well as one of his own pulp detective yarns--which begins to mirror his real life experiences.
Philip E. Marlow (Michael Gambon), an author of pulp detective tales, is being ravaged by severe psoriasis. In response to the pain, he imagines himself as the central c...