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Dennis Potter's 'Pennies From Heaven' - 'I Like To Go Back In The Evening'

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Uploaded on Jul 8, 2010

'Pennies From Heaven' by Dennis Potter. Episode 6: 'Says My Heart'. Arthur (Bob Hoskins) is in the condemned cell with but a few hours to the hangman's call and only wardens Arnold (Mike Savage) and Horace (Roy Boyd) to keep a watchful eye and while away the hours. Surely his luck must now finally be out. But is it? Arthur's still in the pink enough to sing - and it's all about going home again while lover Eileen (Cheryl Campbell) waits on Hammersmith Bridge.

Potter's black humour of the reality of capital punishment juxtaposed with close harmony singing is played out in a prison cell studio set as a schoolboy game of who could 'pee the highest' prompts lighting effects complete with 'golden arc'. Producers faced a challenge staging the number in the tight confines of an eight foot square set and how to choreograph a dance number in a space the size of a postage stamp. Mimicking the direct to camera shots and 'strolling' song and dance style of Music Hall and a Laurel and Hardy musical number, the tight vocals are lip-synched for comedic effect with Savage and Boyd well cast as an Ollie and Stan.

Music: 'I Like to Go Back In The Evening'. Jack Jackson and His Orchestra (Vocal: Fred Latham plus two). Recorded 1935.



Dennis Potter's award-wInning 'Pennies From Heaven' (BBC 1978). Directed by Piers Haggard, produced by long-time Potter collaborator Kenith Trodd, with choreography and design by Tudor Davies and Tim Harvey, One of the finest pieces of television the BBC has ever produced.

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