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Cream in my Coffee

by
Dennis Potter


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Title: Cream in my Coffee
Author: Dennis Potter
Genre: TV script
Written: 1980
Length: 53 pages
Availability: in Blue Remembered Hills - UK
  • Included in the volume Blue Remembered Hills (a collection originally titled Waiting for the Boat), along with Blue Remembered Hills (see our review) and Joe's Ark (see our review)
  • The volume Blue Remembered Hills / Waiting for the Boat also contains an introduction by the author, 'Some Sort of Preface ...'
  • Cream in my Coffee was first broadcast on ITV 2 November, 1980. It was directed by Gavin Millar and among the actors were Lionel Jeffries and Peggy Ashcroft

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Our Assessment:

B : interesting effort, shifting between the present and the past

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The complete review's Review:

       Cream in my Coffee opens with the voice of Sam Browne singing You're the Cream in my Coffee, and the song recurs throughout the play, Potter using it effectively in telling his story.
       The play centers around Bernard and Jean Wilsher and shifts back and forth between the present (1979) and the past (1938). The Wilshers are a couple in their sixties by 1979, and they return to the hotel to which they came before they were married to find some of the love and magic of those times. Naturally, they are not entirely successful -- and as it turns out, the past is perhaps best not recaptured.
       Potter effectively weaves past and present together, showing what happens in 1938 to be the foundation for the ultimately unsatisfactory relationship that has somehow endured to the present day.
       A clever piece, with some poignant moments, it is a fine if not particularly remarkable entertainment.

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About the Author:

       English author Dennis Potter (1935-1994) is best known for his television scripts Pennies from Heaven and The Singing Detective.

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