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

Drama. When their 16 year old son, Danny, develops schizophrenia it turns a married couples life completely upside down. 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 is particularly strong and very moving. Sections of the movie were filmed at Netherne Hospital

production details
UK / BBC1 / 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

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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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