Screen One: Can You Hear Me Thinking (BBC-1 1990, Judi Dench, Michael Williams)

In drama Can Your Hear Me Thinking a married couples life is turned upside down when their 16 year old son, Danny, develops schizophrenia.

As his condition deteriates Danny ends up hospitalised and when he does come home, life can never be the same again.

Real life husband and wife team Judi Dench and Michael Williams are excellent as the initially unsympathetic parents who think at first that their son is going through an odd patch but then doing absolutely everything they can once they realise the full extent of his condition.

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The ending of Can You Hear Me Thinking is particularly strong and very moving. Sections of the movie were filmed at Netherne Hospital

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×87 minutes / Broadcast 30 September 1990

Writers: Monty Halbrecht, Beverly Marcus / Original Idea: Beverly Marcus / Script Editor: Sheryl Crown / Advisor: John Wing / Costume Design: Catriona Tyson / Music: Ilona Sekacz / Production Design: Graeme Thomson / Executive Producer: Richard Broke / Producer: Ruth Caleb / Director: Christopher Morahan

Series: Screen One / Season 2 Episode 5

cast
JUDI DENCH as Anne
MICHAEL WILLIAMS as Kevin
RICHARD HENDERS as Danny
SALLY DAVIS as Jenny
NATHANIEL COOMBS as Mark
PAULA JACOBS as Rosemary
CHRISTOPHER BURGESS as Office Colleague
HEATHER RAMSAY as Dr Silverton
CHRIS STANTON as Leslie
ANTONY INGRAM as Dr Sher
RANJIT NAKARA, ANTONIA THOMAS as Nurses
RICHARD SYMS as Charge Nurse
CHARMIAN MAY as Consultant
PIK-SEN LEM as Sister
DEV SAGOO as Registrar
CLIFF PARISH as Biker
CYRIL SHAPS as Shammas

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