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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 budget was so tight that director David Blair dubbed his own voice over one of the supporting artists' in order to avoid paying them for a speaking role. See more »


Campbell: We are loonies, and we are proud!
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A wonderful series
23 September 2006 | by cassandra2006See all my reviews

What a truly great series this is! Such a pity that it probably won't be released on DVD, due to problems with getting the necessary approval to use some of the songs, according to somebody I asked. The cast is uniformly excellent and the direction, seamless. So many wounded people, but so many with a fire inside them to keep trying to live a life that makes sense! It's a show that made me grind my teeth at the inhumanity of government cost-cutting in the mental health arena. The loonies are by no means the ones inside the asylum.

David Tennant is simply magnificent as the manic, inventive, affectionate, good hearted Campbell Bain. His exchanges with his dad would break your heart.

Thoroughly recommended.

ETA 18.01.14 The DVD has now been available for a few years and contains two eps with audio commentaries. It's wonderful to be able to watch the show again and nothing about it disappoints.

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