Support in Mind Scotland's Stafford Centre welcomed a very special visitor on 1 April, and it was no April Fool when she shared a world exclusive - that the BAFTA-winning series Takin Over The Asylum is in line for a second series, 25 years after it first hit our television screens and launched the career of Dr Who star David Tennant.

Donna Franceschild, who wrote the hit comedy drama, has been giving the green light to start writing a script for the sequel, and she has agreement in principle from Tennant and his co-star Ken Stott, that they will appear.

Donna visited the Stafford Centre as part of her early research to learn more about the work of Support in Mind Scotland and to chat to some of our staff and the people we support.

She was also kind enough to conduct an interview on air with presenter Lord Sir DJ MOG on our mental health community radio station, Radio Stafford 103, and reveal her plans to the public for the first time. It was a fitting medium for her to use, given that much of the focus of Takin Over The Asylum centred around a radio station run by people affected by mental illness.

You can listen to the Radio Stafford interview here.

Donna also chatted to our Communications Manager Colin about her visit and you can view the video below.




Donna explained that she plans to follow the six-part original series with a four-part sequel, and is now busy getting the project up and running.

She also chatted about how attitudes towards mental health have changed dramatically since the series - set in a  fictional Glasgow psychiatric hospital - challenged what was then a taboo subject for many in 1994. 

The show won the 1995 BAFTA award for Best Serial and Best Editing, RTS Award for Best Writer, Mental Health in the Media Award and the Scottish BAFTA for Best Serial and for Best Writer. The original series was released on DVD in 2008.

We look forward to supporting Donna with the project.