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Dennis Potter: The Angel in Us

  • Duncan Wu
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Abstract

In Dennis Potter’s 1972 television play, Follow the Yellow Brick Road, a doctor asks Jack Black, an actor, if he still believes in God.

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Television Play Dipotassium Phosphate Moral Lesson Religious Sense Psoriatic Arthropathy 
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Notes and References

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    Jack’s rage may well be analogous to Potter’s own frustration at the vulgarisation of Pennies From Heaven at the hands of its Hollywood producers.Google Scholar
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© Duncan Wu 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Duncan Wu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of English LiteratureUniversity of GlasgowUK

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