Novelist Stephen King described "The Singing Detective" as 'the Citizen Kane of the mini-series'. Its innovative techniques and multi-layered narrative structure make it a truly remarkable piece of storytelling that has become internationally influential. Written by Dennis Potter ("Pennies from Heaven") and directed by Jon Amiel, it is a landmark piece of television drama that will forever set the benchmark upon which other programs are judged. Controversial, challenging, innovative, and consistently moving, it is television at its very finest and most memorable. In this comprehensive study, Glen Creeber dissects the serial's sometimes bewildering array of themes and techniques. It draws on new and previous research, bringing together a wide range of debates and issues in a lively and entertaining manner.