karaoke and Cold Lazarus have come in for an enormous amount of criticism, mostly unfair, since Potters' death, both at the time that it was transmitted and since. Most of the writing about the pieces has been critical. Ignore the bad comments. The pieces are extrordinary of two reasons. Firstly, the piece together the most intense, powerful and moving selfportraits written for television. Alternatively tender and aorrgant, by the time you have watched the pieces you feel you have glimpsed inside the author's own soul. There are very very few pieces of writing you can, fairly, say that about. Secondly, it is an important attack on the late twentieth century and the moral and spiritual values we are happily selling to the Murdochs of this world every day. As the group says Reality or Nothing... Yes, potter let himself down with his vain stereotypical and cliched writing in places but these pieces are so unusual, imaginative and defiant, they deserve more than anything to be
read. (You'll probably hate it now and it has to be said the Singing Detective is better.) .