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Takin' Over the Asylum 

A salesman starts to run a hospital radio station inside a facility for people with mental heath needs.




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Complete series cast summary:
Ken Stott ...  Eddie 6 episodes, 1994
Katy Murphy Katy Murphy ...  Francine 6 episodes, 1994
David Tennant ...  Campbell 6 episodes, 1994
Ruth McCabe ...  Rosalie 6 episodes, 1994
Elizabeth Spriggs ...  Grandma 6 episodes, 1994
Angela Bruce ...  Isabel 6 episodes, 1994
Kenneth Bryans Kenneth Bryans ...  Stuart 6 episodes, 1994
Matt Costello Matt Costello ...  Alastair 6 episodes, 1994
Derek Anders Derek Anders ...  Billy 6 episodes, 1994
Gavin Mitchell Gavin Mitchell ...  Hector 6 episodes, 1994
Molly Innes Molly Innes ...  Margaret 6 episodes, 1994
Roy Hanlon Roy Hanlon ...  Griffin 6 episodes, 1994
Nell Brennan Nell Brennan ...  Sheila 6 episodes, 1994
Neil McKinven ...  MacAteer 5 episodes, 1994
Caroline Paterson Caroline Paterson ...  Jane 5 episodes, 1994
Angus Macfadyen ...  Fergus 4 episodes, 1994
Sandra Voe Sandra Voe ...  Evelyn 4 episodes, 1994
Ronnie McCann Ronnie McCann ...  Lavery 4 episodes, 1994
Arabella Weir ...  Paula 3 episodes, 1994
Paul Blair Paul Blair ...  Webster 3 episodes, 1994


A salesman starts to run a hospital radio station inside a facility for people with mental heath needs.

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27 September 1994 (UK) See more »

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(6 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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The scenes in the hospital were filmed in Gartloch Psychiatric Hospital, in Glasgow, before it closed. Many of the extras in these scenes were former patients. See more »


Campbell: We are loonies, and we are proud!
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Few TV miniseries are as good as this one.....
28 July 2003 | by proseSee all my reviews

Although this series was seen (and then soon after repeated) on Australian TV back in '94 or '95, it's brilliance still resonates. From the pen of Donna Franceschild, and directed by David Blair, it tells the story of a handful of 'loonies' - patients in a Glasgow mental facility. As in 'Girl, Interrupted', one is led to pondering the question: 'who are the real loonies?' Heavily laced with humour and poignancy, we - the 'normal' ones - are led into the lives of these people through the eyes of Eddie McKenna (Ken Stott), an alcoholic loser-type, whose desire is to be a radio disc-jockey, but who spends his days selling windows for the manager-from-hell. In my opinion, the salespeople at the windows company deserve to be behind locked doors far more than those in the institution. But I feel that this is the exact conclusion the writer wishes us to make. This series launched the extremely talented Ken Stott into regular TV appearances, such as 'Messiah' and 'The Vice'. It also features outstanding performances from David Tennant, Ruth McCabe, Angus McFadyen, and my favourite female actor, Katy Murphy. Ms Murphy seems to have a special knack for portraying wounded women. If you get a chance to see it, do.

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