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Leslie French

Leslie French



United Kingdom

Age: 94

Born: 23 Apr, 1904

Died: 21 Jan, 1999

Known for

In The Singing Detective as Mr. Tomkeyas Mr. Tomkey

in The Singing Detective

TV Series Starring Leslie French

The Singing DetectiveThe Singing Detective
BBC One, 1986 Cancelled/Ended | Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Music
Rating: 1/5

There are four mutually interfering narrative strands in The Singing Detective. First is the hospital-ward story, described by Potter as a "sitcom", which owes a certain debt to an earlier play, Emergency-Ward 9 (itself a satirical reaction to the popular hospital soap opera of that time, Emergency-Ward 10, which Potter had watched while hospitalised, like his protagonist Philip Marlow, with a flareup of psoriatic arthropathy). Second is the detective story being created mentally by the protagonist, Philip Marlow, as he lies helpless in his hospital bed. The third strand consists of flashbacks to Marlow's childhood in the Forest of Dean, and the traumatic experience of witnessing his mother's infidelity one day in the woods, combined with guilt over her later suicide in London. The fourth strand concerns Philip's ex-wife, Nicola, whom he imagines is conspiring with a shady film producer to bilk him out of film rights to his novel.