A wasted opportunity or rather just a waste. Why Potter choose four or five narrative strands to this pallid drama isn’t clear as none are adequately developed and one wonders what was he trying to say? To have loose ends you need something to grasp in the first place. Luckily he avoided the rabbit hole metaphor as it’d only be a dead-end. Thank goodness for Coral Browne who is never less than watchable.
With all due respect to Gavin Millar, the auteur of Dreamchild is most definitely Dennis Potter. The frame story set in the 1930s is uneven, but is held together by Coral Browne as Alice Hargreaves. The flashbacks to mid-nineteenth century Oxford are as close to perfection as can be expected in a historical recreation.