UK: BBC Scotland To Re-run Takin' Over The Asylum



Don't miss a chance to catch up with David Tennant's breakthrough TV role later this month when BBC Scotland re-runs the 1994 comedy drama Takin' Over The Asylum from 29th June. The series stars Ken Stott as Eddie McKenna, a replacement window salesman and part-time DJ who starts up a radio station in a psychiatric hospital in Glasgow. David plays Campbell, a teenaged bipolar resident of the facility. Other cast members include Katy Murphy as Francine, Andrew Macfadyen as Angus and Ruth McCabe as Rosalie, with Arabella Weir as radio exec Paula and a cameo from the late Spike Milligan. 

Takin' Over The Asylum begins on BBC Scotland with Episode 1, 'Hey Jude,' from 9pm on Saturday 29th June. 

Written by Donna Franceschild and directed by David Blair, the series explored the stigmatisation of people living with mental illness through the experiences of the hospital residents and McKenna's struggles with his own alcoholism. The drama was adapted by Donna Franceschild for the stage in 2013, and she has also said recently that a sequel to the series is planned with David Tennant and Ken Stott already expressing an interest in reprising their roles.

BBC Scotland is available to viewers in Scotland on most broadcast platforms, including Freeview, Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media. For availability outside Scotland, check your provider's channel guide. BBC Scotland can also be streamed via BBC iPlayer.

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