Dennis Potter Illustration / by Christopher Brawn

Britain's pre-eminent television dramatist produced a body of work unmatched for the range of its polemical concerns. Pioneering the use of experimental techniques designed to shake viewers from their passive slumber on the sofa, his barbed, darkly comic work laid bare his own demons as he sought to shine a light on the nation's spiritual longings, sexual anxiety and political malaise. Illustration by Jimmy Turrell for the July 2014 issue of Sight&Sound.