The Singing Detective

The ICA and The Institute of Psychoanalysis co-present a rare one-day screening of all six episodes of Dennis Potter’s widely acclaimed 1986 TV series The Singing Detective followed by a panel discussion the next day.

The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (ICA) and The Institute of Psychoanalysis co-present a weekend of The Singing Detective following the series’ 25 th anniversary last year. On Saturday 24 November there will be a rare screening of the entire series of Dennis Potter’s classic TV drama, first broadcast in 1986. This is the first time the whole series will be shown in its entirety in the UK on the big screen. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring leading psychoanalysts, the series producer Kenith Trodd and actor Patrick Malahide ( Hunted, The Paradise) on the 25 November.

In this iconic TV drama, Potter’s exploration of the relationship between fantasy and memory, between internal and external reality, invite both literary and psychoanalytic exploration. Don Campbell (a past President of the Institute of Psychoanalysis) will chair the panel discussion that includes David Bell (former President of the Institute) who has written a seminal piece on The Singing Detective. For many years, both Campbell and Bell have been involved in exploring the relationship between psychoanalysis, film and literature. They have spoken at numerous conferences, including the European Psychoanalytic Film Festival, on related subjects and both participated in the making of the DVD Iago on the Couch – a filmed discussion with actor Simon Russell Beale and director Terry Hands centring on Shakespeare’s compelling anti-hero. We are also extremely fortunate to have on the panel Kenith Trodd, producer of The Singing Detective and champion of quality literary drama and Patrick Malahide, one of the original cast members who played the triple roles of Mark Finney, Raymond and Mark Binney. We hope to be joined by other members of the original cast for this memorable discussion on Potter’s masterpiece.

With many thanks to the Potter Estate, Icon Distribution, the BBC and the BFI.

Listings information:

Saturday 24 November 2012, 10.45am
Screening episodes 1-6 The Singing Detective, Cinema 1

Sunday 25 November 2012, 11.00am
Panel discussion with Dr David Bell, series producer Kenith Trodd, psychoanalyst Donald Campbell (Chair) and actor Patrick Malahide, Cinema 1

Screening £25 / £23 / £20 ICA members
Panel £15 / £13 / £10 ICA members
Both events £30 / £28 / £25 ICA members
Booking fees for non ICA Members: £1 per ticket or maximum charge per transaction £2.80.
Book online at Call Box Office 020 7930 3647 Textphone 020 7839 0737
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