Posts Tagged ‘TV’

Secrets from The Asylum

August 28th, 2014

This is a series of two episodes on ITV looking at some celebrities going on a personal journey to find out how 19th century lunatic asylums shaped the lives of their families.

Here is some further information:

If you want to watch the programmes, here is a link to the itv player:

Road to Ruin

The two programmes are definitely worth watching, let us know what you think.

Thanks to Tim Goosey for this post

Interesting TV programme coming up on Channel 5

September 24th, 2013

On Monday the 30th of September there is the first of two programmes titled Inside Broadmoor due to be shown on Channel 5:

Inside Broadmoor


“This remarkable two-part documentary special marks the 150th anniversary of Broadmoor, home to Britain’s most notorious killers. With exclusive and unprecedented access to Broadmoor’s archives, this film unfolds the extraordinary history of the world’s most famous and feared hospital. Why was it originally created, and what has it become?”


Iconic Film

August 1st, 2013

BBC iplayer have an iconic film to watch at the moment, One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest

Available until 1:59AM Wed, 7 Aug 2013

Well worth watching if you have never seen it.

BBC programmes – Peace of Mind

March 1st, 2013

Back in December there was a series of three excellent programs on the BBC focusing on Whitchurch Hospital and the good work that goes on.Unfortunately the full programs are  unavailable on BBC iPlayer now but there are seven clips, see links below:

There are also some photos available on the BBC website:

Does anyone know where the photo of the pathology lab came from?




Interesting film on BBC iplayer

November 14th, 2012


Interesting film although not sure how factual it is.

Classic chiller set in an 18th-century London asylum for the insane, where the wretched inmates suffer torture and abuse at the hands of the sadistic governor. When a brave actress tries to do something about the conditions, she herself ends up as an inmate. One of producer Val Lewton’s atmospheric specialties.

Interesting TV programme…

January 3rd, 2012

Came across this tonight on More 4…

Two of four daughters of John Bowes-Lyon (the Queen Mother’s older brother), Nerissa and Katherine Bowes-Lyon were born in 1919 and 1926; Katherine is only three months younger than her cousin Elizabeth, the girl who would one day be crowned Queen.

From the ages of 15 and 22, respectively, they were sent to live at the Royal Earlswood Hospital, an institution for the learning disabled in Surrey, which was built in 1855 as an ‘Asylum for Idiots’.

While their two other sisters enjoyed lives of privilege and inclusion in the social world of the aristocracy and the royal family, Katherine and Nerissa were all but forgotten.

The two sisters seemed to be aware of their royal connections; when royal events were shown on television, they would curtsy to the screen.

In 1963, Burke’s Peerage, the guidebook to aristocratic lineage, recorded the sisters as having died in 1940 and 1961. Nerissa actually died in 1986, and Katherine was moved into a home in the community when the Royal Earlswood was closed down in 1997.

The film explores the harsh realities of life inside former asylums like the Royal Earlswood through the personal testimony of former residents, their families and the staff who worked there and cared for the Queen’s cousins.

Through their accounts, and with the insight of medical historians, the programme examines the changing attitudes to learning disability in British society.


Interesting TV programme

December 22nd, 2011

Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder

In a pretty English village in the Surrey stockbroker belt lives the infamous Mr Wallace, whose hoarding habits have spread across a million pounds-worth of property that used to belong to his parents.

His detached bungalow, four-bedroom semi-detached house and separate double garage are all stuffed from floor to ceiling with newspapers and other household items.

Cutting Edge is given unique access into his intriguing home, where no one else has ever ventured.

Mr Wallace is arguably the UK’s most extreme hoarder and his house has become a death trap It is so packed that he has to crawl over mountains of papers and magazines simply to move from room to room; it takes 40 minutes to get to his front door from the chair he eats and sleeps in.

The garden also acts as a dumping ground for tonnes of refuse so old that it is overgrown by foliage and trees. The council has tried to force Richard Wallace to clear his garden but he fought them to the Crown Court, representing himself and winning.

A year on, things are coming to a head as the picturesque village is competing to win Britain in Bloom and Richard’s home is once again the source of contention.

But with the hoarding now affecting his ability to function, Richard is entrenched to the point where his health is suffering, his safety is increasingly at risk and he is living in a physical and mental prison.

This time, the village’s sense of community is truly tested and Richard faces the most significant challenge yet to his isolating way of life.

Thanks to Dr John Lewis for this post

The lobotomist

November 29th, 2011

Here is some further informtion regarding lobotomies, a website and a short TV documentary

I warn you that some of the video is quite graphic as it shows the procedure.

Thanks to Lucy Williams for this post

National Treasures Live BBC 1

September 2nd, 2011

As part of the National Treasures Live series there is an interesting part of episode 3 where “Ruby Wax takes a look at some of the grisly techniques that were used on patients inside Victorian asylums.”

Find it on the BBC i player under National Treasures Live – Shakespeare Dig Stratford.It is about 20minutes into the programme and Ruby visits the Glenside Hospital Museum in Bristol

Available to watch until the 14/09/11

Thanks to Tim Goosey for recommending this programme.

Victorian Pharmacy

July 19th, 2010

A new programme on BBC 2 all about what life was like as a Victorian Pharmacist

In the first programme they look at various treatments including leaches.