Takin' Over the Asylum is a sadly little-known 1994 drama by BBC Scotland centring around the lives of members of the radio station at a psychiatric hospital in Glasgow, St Jude's. There's Eddie (Ken Stott), a double-glazing salesman who dreams of being a professional DJ; Campbell (David Tennant, in one of his first major roles), a young manic depressive who shares Eddie's dream of going professional; Francine (Katy Murphy), who hides a traumatic past; Rosalie (Ruth McCabe), who has OCD for cleanliness; and Fergus (Angus Macfadyen), a schizophrenic with a penchant for escaping and a talented electrical engineer. Over the six episodes we learn more about their lives and see how the radio station brings a bit of light into the lives of the patients.
It is released on DVD in the UK on June 2nd 2008 so go and buy it - it's available at all major online retailers.
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Takin' Over the Asylum explores a lot of different mental health problems that sadly affect so many people. You can find more information, and how to get help, on the mental health issues explored in the programme by checking out the websites below.