Letter: A man of audacity

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The Independent Online
Sir: Your tributes (8 June) to Dennis Potter's life and work by Alan Plater, Mark Lawson and Angela Lambert were a generous and deserved acknowledgement of his great contribution to the cultural life of this country. I would like to underline one important feature of Potter's creative imagination: his audacity.

One cannot remember the experience of watching his best work (Pennies from Heaven and The Singing Detective) without recalling the extraordinary sense of exhilaration at what this man could do with the naturalism-bound medium of the television play. It was that creative audacity that rendered the physical and emotional pain, which informed all of his work, bearable.

Yours faithfully,


London, N11

8 June