People diagnosed with dementia need information above all else. Often there can be a gap of six or even 12 months between diagnosis and follow-up appointment: many calls made to the dementia helpline I work for are from people in that early, anxious period. So a TV programme like this – about a Brighton gangster, Richie Beckett (Peter Mullan), who has dementia – has a role to play in helping people access information about the condition.
This show could be very destructive for any viewers in the early stages of dementia – I'd hate them to think this is what it's really like. The show's horribly violent, and Richie is a very extreme case: a mobster psychopath, whose aggressive tendencies seem to worsen as his condition progresses. Dementia can