Takin' Over the Asylum (1994– )

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

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 Eddie (6 episodes, 1994)
Katy Murphy ...
 Francine (6 episodes, 1994)
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 Campbell (6 episodes, 1994)
Ruth McCabe ...
 Rosalie (6 episodes, 1994)
Elizabeth Spriggs ...
 Grandma (6 episodes, 1994)
Angela Bruce ...
 Isabel (6 episodes, 1994)
Kenneth Bryans ...
 Stuart (6 episodes, 1994)
Matt Costello ...
 Alastair (6 episodes, 1994)
Derek Anders ...
 Billy (6 episodes, 1994)
Gavin Mitchell ...
 Hector (6 episodes, 1994)
Molly Innes ...
 Margaret (6 episodes, 1994)
Roy Hanlon ...
 Griffin (6 episodes, 1994)
Nell Brennan ...
 Sheila (6 episodes, 1994)
Neil McKinven ...
 MacAteer (5 episodes, 1994)
Caroline Paterson ...
 Jane (5 episodes, 1994)
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 Fergus (4 episodes, 1994)
Sandra Voe ...
 Evelyn (4 episodes, 1994)
Ronnie McCann ...
 Lavery (4 episodes, 1994)
Arabella Weir ...
 Paula (3 episodes, 1994)
Paul Blair ...
 Webster (3 episodes, 1994)
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A salesman starts to run a hospital radio station inside a facility for people with mental heath needs.

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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 »

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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 (Adelaide, Australia) – See 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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