Thursday, June 05, 2008

"We are loonies and we are proud!"

Breakin open the asylum | Society | The Guardian

Doctor Who star David Tennant starred in a hit TV show set in a psychiatric unit but would it be made today?

"Within a year and a half [...] the entire six-part serial had been posted on YouTube in 10-minute chunks, in flagrant violation of Section 512(c)(3) of the US Copyright Act. I was the writer of that serial and had devoted three years of my life to creating it. So you can imagine how I felt when my teenage son brought this gross piracy to my attention. I was delighted." (Donna Franceschild)

No need to slog through the YouTube clips anymore, you can buy the DVD of Takin' Over The Asylumn from June 9th (2 Entertain Video, £19.99). One to watch many times over. Among other delights - cameo from Spike Milligan, a young David Tennant in full spate (see official BBC video clip under the link above or here), the charmingly lugubrious Ken Stott, and a superb cast (invidious to single out) playing unforgettable characters - it has a brilliant soundtrack, including first use of Beatles' tracks ever allowed. The hairs will stand up on the back of your neck when you hear Hey Jude come in, at the end of Nana's episode.

Noël Knowall

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