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Series cast summary:
Albert Finney ...  Daniel Feeld 4 episodes, 1996
Ciarán Hinds ...  Fyodor 4 episodes, 1996
Frances de la Tour ...  Emma Porlock 4 episodes, 1996
Grant Masters ...  Tony Watson 4 episodes, 1996
Ganiat Kasumu Ganiat Kasumu ...  Luanda 4 episodes, 1996
Carmen Ejogo ...  Blinda 4 episodes, 1996
Henry Goodman ...  David Siltz 4 episodes, 1996
Saffron Burrows ...  Sandra Sollars 4 episodes, 1996
Diane Ladd ...  Martina Masdon 3 episodes, 1996
Joe Roberts Joe Roberts ...  Chris / ... 3 episodes, 1996
Tara Woodward Tara Woodward ...  Beth 3 episodes, 1996
Rob Brydon ...  Karl 3 episodes, 1996
Anna Chancellor ...  Anna Griffiths 3 episodes, 1996
Claudia Malkovich Claudia Malkovich ...  Kaya 2 episodes, 1996
David Foxxe David Foxxe ...  Andrew Milton 2 episodes, 1996
James Peck James Peck ...  Fyodor's Apartment Guard 2 episodes, 1996
John Light ...  Student Daniel 2 episodes, 1996
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Harry Ditson ...  Harry Schumpet 2 episodes, 1996
Silas Carson ...  1st Sentry / ... 2 episodes, 1996
Jason Salkey ...  2nd Sentry / ... 2 episodes, 1996
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Roy Hudd ...  Ben Baglin 2 episodes, 1996
Richard E. Grant ...  Nick Balmer 2 episodes, 1996
Natascha McElhone ...  Angie 2 episodes, 1996
Katy Carmichael ...  2nd Hostess 2 episodes, 1996
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Dr. Emma Porlock and her colleagues, attempting to unlock the secrets of human memory for the Masdon drug empire, get a cryogenically stored 400-year-old human head to project its memories through virtual reality displays. But Porlock and her team are chronically under-funded, and she may have to go around Masdon to a media sleaze merchant to get the money she needs to maintain the project. But an even more complex world of secret police, RON (Reality-Or-Nothing) riots, and murder is going on outside the lab. And the deeper Porlock goes into the frozen memories of the writer Daniel Feeld, the more twisted the labyrinth of intrigue becomes. Written by Kathy Li

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cold Lazarus See more »

Filming Locations:

Gloucestershire, England, UK See more »

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Runtime:

(4 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Dennis Potter wrote a role for Louise Germaine, but she was unable to take it, as she was pregnant at the time. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Glazunov destroys Daniel Feeld's frozen head at the end, the wall screen still displays his voyage through the tunnel of light to heaven, despite not being plugged into anything any more. See more »

Quotes

Cop: You have an intruder!
Martina Masdon: I'm doing some important research. I'm trying to put brains in a man's ass.
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Connections

Spun-off from Karaoke (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

HERE COMES THE BOOGEYMAN
Written by Douglas Brownsmith and Tony Lowry
Performed by Henry Hall and his Orchestra
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An amazing accomplishment by Dennis Potter.
7 May 2000 | by jim-600See all my reviews

I consider Dennis Potter's "The Singing Detective" the best thing ever to appear on TV. "Karaoke-Cold Lazarus" are contenders for second place. It is vital to see Karaoke first because Dennis Potter wrote them as a part of a whole.

Potter racing against the clock to finish Lazarus before he died. They are funny, weird, mysterious and profound -- a rare combination for any medium. It helps to know a bit of Potter's bio to fully appreciate the depth of this accomplishment.

My favorite moment came when slimy TV producer Siltz exults in the opportunity to own a writer's mind (literally) in order to exploit it. I can imagine the smile on Potter's face when he first conceived that scene, seeing it as a metaphor for his showbiz struggles with the Siltzes of the world.

Anyone who appreciates great writing will love this. Dennis Potter wrote a brilliant script about his own death. I doubt anyone will top his feat for a long time.


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