The Singing Detective

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The Singing Detective
Premiere November 16, 1986
Finale December 21, 1986
Creator Dennis Potter
Network/Provider BBC
Style 50-minute musical mystery miniseries
Company BBC
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Episodes 6
Origin UK
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The Singing Detective (1986) is a musical mystery miniseries that aired on BBC1. It is about a bedridden mystery writer who imagines himself in a film noir musical starring a hard boiled detective.



Actor Character
Billed Cast
Michael Gambon Philip Marlow
Jim Carter Mr. Marlow
Lyndon Davies Philip (age 10)
Patrick Malahide Mark Binney
Mark Finney
Bill Paterson Dr. Gibbon
Alison Steadman Mrs. Marlow
Janet Suzman Nicola
Joanne Whalley Nurse Mills
Imelda Staunton Staff Nurse White


# Title Airdate
1 Skin November 16, 1986
2 Heat November 23, 1986
3 Lovely Days November 30, 1986
4 Clues December 7, 1986
5 Pitter Patter December 14, 1986
6 Who Done It December 21, 1986


DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Complete Series
The Singing Detective (DVD) April 15, 2003 3


External Sites