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Dennis Potter and the Philosopher Stoned

or, The Singing Defective ...
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Dennis Potter was a controversial English dramatist of your 20th Century.

Harry Potter is a hugely succesful book and film franchise with lots of money-making spinoffs.

The obvious thing to do is merge the two concepts.

Dennis Potter and the Philosopher Stoned is the story of a young man growing up in 1960's Britain. Despite a sexually abusive upbringing, which leads him into using cannabis and other "soft" drugs, he is spotted by an Oxford University talent scout who recognises his amazing abilities for logical analysis, and also the fact that he's a smashing bit of rough trade.

He is therefore told, much to his surprise, that he has been elected to be the next Waynflete Professors of Metaphysical Philosophy*, and also there are several dons who would very much like to be his bestest friend ever.

The story then follows his story through six futher episodes, as he explores many aspects of his own and others sexuality, consumes industrial quantities of weed and alcohol, teaches philosophy to bored and indifferent undergraduates, and eventually leads a desperate battle to protect the University from massive funding cuts, in which he finally defeats his enemy, Lord Meanepest.

The musical accompaniment consists of selected popular songs of the period.

The book/play/film/TV series/coloring book/action figure playset is guaranteed to earn phenominal amouts of money, or then again, possibly not.

*which is a real Professorship at Oxford University.

8th of 7, Oct 10 2011

Dennis Potter http://en.wikipedia...s_Potter#Television
A very strange man [8th of 7, Oct 10 2011]

Harry Potter http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_potter
A very strange boy [8th of 7, Oct 10 2011]

Potter http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pottery
A very strange but sometimes useful occupation [8th of 7, Oct 10 2011]


       Thanks, [8th]. Now I'm going to have to watch "Kaorake" and "Cold Lazurus". I'm going to have to read "The Glittering Coffin" and "The Changing Forest: Life in the Forest of Dean Today", aswell. My to-read queue is still back-logged from last deployment. I'm never going to finish all of this.
MikeD, Oct 10 2011

       So many books, so little time. Now, if you were Assimilated into the Collective, you would have the advantage of all the books we've already read. And we have some awesome directed-energy weapons, too ...   

       "Cold Lazarus" is well worth the effort. "The Singing Detective" is not so hot IOFFHO* ... "Black Eyes", hmmm .... depends on what you like   

       Did you ever finish "Religio Medici" ?   

       *In Our Far From Humble Opinion
8th of 7, Oct 10 2011

       Good Will Hunting, with all the necessary juicy bits that were excluded in the original.
4whom, Oct 10 2011

       Be assured that there will be "juicy bits" in profusion.
8th of 7, Oct 10 2011

       Sorry, Good Will Hunting meets Californication meets Weeds, my bad...
4whom, Oct 10 2011

       Not that it's a bad thing mind...
4whom, Oct 10 2011

       Damn. You've beaten me to it. I was working up a script for a musical about a bearded tile-maker who tries to use his ceramics talents to make an improved ocarina for a phenomenologist.   

       It was going to be called "Hairy Potter and the Philosopher's Tone."   

       The huge revenue from that was going to pay for a Broadway production of my other comic opera, about a Hindu religious fanatic who steals a book from policeman at a restaurant. "Hare Krishna and the Full Officer's Tome" would have been spectacular.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 10 2011

       // Californication //   

       We preferred Duchovny as Fox Mulder.   

       We prefer Gillian Anderson .... well, we just prefer her.... Oooooh. Jeri Ryan with attitude ...   

       // "Hairy Potter and the Philosopher's Tone." //   

       Plagiarism will get you nowhere. Unless, of course, you're Andrew Lloyd Webber, in which case it will get you international fame, fortune, a knighthood, a peerage, several broken marriages, and a reputation that even Jeffrey Archer would be ashamed of.
8th of 7, Oct 10 2011

       Better than my ecclectic mix of 1900's French Burlesque and Vuadeville: "Hey, Repertoire! and the "fill-a sphere's" volume"
4whom, Oct 10 2011

       //Damn. You've beaten me to it.//   

       Tell me about it! I was about to publish a wild-life documentary about my research on the prevalance of craniofacial-deficits running rampant amongst primagravida of the Lutrinae subfamily and the comorbid social sequalae:   

       Hair-Lipped Otters: Anathema, loss of the first born.
MikeD, Oct 10 2011

       And, I gave it about six or eight good stabs, [8th], but I eventually filed it with Sarte's "Being and Nothingness" and "the line of reasoning used by women". (outside of my capacity for understanding).
MikeD, Oct 10 2011

       Hey, that's a catchy title you've got there, [MikeD], even though it does sound a trifle familiar...   

       // "the line of reasoning used by women". (outside of my capacity for understanding) //   

       No shame in that - beyond any intelligent, reasoning entity's understanding. Even God struggles with THAT one.
8th of 7, Oct 10 2011

       Sorry, [Mike] I think David Attenborough did that.   

       I saw it on BBC2, just after a crime documentary about a sex offender who trapped a sea-eagle during its autumnal migration, cut off its beak, and used it for some bizarre form of sexual gratification. It was called "Heavy petter and the fall osprey's tongue."
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 10 2011

       Well, of course I can't *really* compete in this silliness, [MB]. I'm not Brittish.
MikeD, Oct 10 2011

       ... and therefore more deserving of Pity than Condemnation ...   

       (NB "English")
8th of 7, Oct 10 2011

       For the Americans: "Hey Reporter, ya fillout the 401k form?"
4whom, Oct 10 2011

       What was that tumbleweed symbol again ... ?   

       Oh yes ...   

       ...... @ ........ @ ......... @ .........   

       <sound of bell in abandoned adobe church ringing softly in the wind>
8th of 7, Oct 10 2011

       // David Attenborough//   

       Didn't he also do a piece on a young Bangledeshian boy traveling north and settling along the banks of the river Parnu?   

       Yes, it was... "Haripur, the source of Estonia"!
MikeD, Oct 10 2011

       You're all up the Kwai without a paddle.
Alterother, Oct 10 2011

       Sorry. I'm stoned. It made sense at the time.
Alterother, Oct 11 2011

       How about a drama set in a salon "The Hair Reporter and Philippa's Comb".   

       I'd like to see "Arry Potta and that Phil off Eastenders".
marklar, Oct 11 2011

       Or, a rural idyll set in the days of horse and human power farming, and subsistence harvest time: “The reaper turns, and they fill up our stores”
pocmloc, Oct 11 2011

       Some of you don't seem to be taking this idea seriously ...
8th of 7, Oct 11 2011

       Stand aside please 8th...

Or, the tale of the mental collapse of an unwary customer overwhelmed by a plethora of delicious pastry bargains in a bakery shop. Harried Shopper and the Filo Offers Zone.
DrBob, Oct 11 2011

       You're Double posting [DrBob]
MikeD, Oct 11 2011

       You're Double posting [DrBob]
MikeD, Oct 11 2011

       Perhaps we should have advocated a crossover between J K Rowling and Alan Sillitioe, about a young boy employed as an unsupervised postal sorter of letters written in traditional script on a long haul Scandinavian railway network, and his sense of isolation and friendlessness which arises from his work, called "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runer"
8th of 7, Oct 11 2011


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