Takin' Over the Asylum

The BEST episodes of Takin' Over the Asylum

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Ken Stott plays Eddie McKenna, a double-glazing salesman who moonlights as a DJ for hospital radio in a Scottish mental asylum - St Judes. He nurtures close friendships with the patients there including Francine, a self-harmer and Campbell, a manic depressive, with whom he shares a dream to make it onto the commercial radio scene. Campbell's inspired antics promise to bring the pair closer to their aim, but the pressures of life outside of the hospital begin to tell on Eddie. A vindictive colleague leads his small-minded boss to ban his activities at 'the looney-bin' and his eccentric grandmother returns suddenly to Lithuania leaving him peniless and alone. Eddie finds himself drawn to the troubled Francine, but when the radio is threatened with closure it is to another 'wee friend' he turns for comfort as slowly we watch the roles reverse.

Last Updated: 4/10/2022Network: BBC Two
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Rainy Night in Georgia
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8.00
3 votes

#1 - Rainy Night in Georgia

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/25/1994

Eddie's relationship with Francine starts to develop.

Directors: David Blair
Fly Like an Eagle
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7.75
4 votes

#2 - Fly Like an Eagle

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/4/1994

Eddie is in danger of losing his job and hypomanic Campbell plans to become a DJ.

Directors: David Blair
Hey Jude
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7.50
4 votes

#3 - Hey Jude

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/27/1994

Eddie McKenna agrees to resurrect the radio station at St Jude's Mental Hospital.

Directors: David Blair
Fool On the Hill
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7.50
2 votes

#4 - Fool On the Hill

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/18/1994

The aftermath of the open day is felt by Campbell, Eddie, Francine and the hospital radio.

Directors: David Blair
You Always Hurt the One You Love
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7.00
4 votes

#5 - You Always Hurt the One You Love

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/11/1994

Eddie and the gang pull out all the stops to save the radio station by staging a coup.

Directors: David Blair
Let It Be
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7.00
2 votes

#6 - Let It Be

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/1/1994

Campbell's star is rising as the odds appear to be stacking against Eddie.

Directors: David Blair