[[caption-width-right:300:We are loonies and we are proud!]]
''Takin' Over the Asylum'' is a six-part BBC drama which asks the fundamental question "What measure is a non-looney?"
Eddie (Ken Stott of ''Rebus'' fame) is a double-glazing salesman in Glasgow, who lives with his Grandmother (she lives with him!), drinks too much and whose dreams of being a DJ are dwindling fast with every passing year. After being pushed out of his unpaid spot on a community radio station, he is put in charge of revamping St. Jude's hospital radio - not knowing that St. Jude's is a mental institution. Once there Eddie encounters a slew of inmates; Rosalie the [[SuperOCD Obsessive Compulsive]] NeatFreak, Fergus the Schizophrenic electrical genius who puts [[Film/TheGreatEscape Steve McQueen]] to shame, Francine the self-harming depressant [[BrokenBird with a tragic past]] and a soft spot for cats, and the enthusiastic manic-depressive Campbell, played by a young Creator/DavidTennant who is determined that he and Eddie will break into the big-time.
Throughout the series we learn more and more about how the characters ended up in St. Jude's, Eddie learns more about his own problems and starts asking questions about where the line is drawn between sanity and madness. It also has a bunch of your favourite tunes and won more [=BAFTAs=] than you could shake a stick at.
Not to be confused with RunningTheAsylum.
!!This series provides examples of:
* AngstComa: [[spoiler: Francine]] in episode 6.
* BillingDisplacement: Ken Stott's Eddie is the main character of the series but ever since [[Creator/DavidTennant a certain someone]] became a British icon Campbell has taken up more room on the DVD covers.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Campbell, oh so very much, whose exuberant and over-the-top antics bewilder and befuddle everyone whose not used to him, and turns out to be [[spoiler: a natural DJ,]] due in no small part to said antics.
* DespairEventHorizon: Eddie and Fergus, after discovering that [[spoiler: they can't have their dream jobs]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Fergus. And Francine's mother]]
* FunnySchizophrenia: Averted, as it is treated as a very serious issue.
* HollywoodPsych: For the most part averted. These character's problems are shown as very complex and there are no easy fixes.
* InsaneEqualsViolent: Inverted as per RealLife. Most of the violence in this show is perpetrated by "normal people" against the "loonies" which is, of course, a statistical reality.
* JerkAss: Several. Stuart treats the patients like dirt even when he's not manhandling them, [[spoiler: Gordon]] Griffin is the boss from Hell, and [=MacAteer=] is a [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal back-stabbing, butt-kissing ball]] of sleaze who sabotages and belittles Eddie at every turn . . . . all because Eddie earned the commission he so badly wanted for a new car.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Campbell.
* LonelyTogether: Eddie and Francine.
* TheMadHatter: Campbell knows exactly how loony he is and is quite proud of it, even finding ways to turn it to his advantage at times.
** Possibly a subversion, as it's implied that his manic behaviour is actually conscious exploitation of others' expectations for his own amusement.
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: Fergus, who spends much of the first episode lurking silently in the background, is about as sweet and harmless as people come.
* NiceGuy: Campbell.
* OddCouple: World-weary, stressed-out, self-loathing Eddie who keeps his head down and plays by the rules and exuberant, over-confident, eccentric Campbell. [[spoiler: Although we learn that Campbell has confidence issues of his own]]
* OnlySaneMan: Eddie at the start my seem like this but by the end he realises he is NotSoDifferent
* ParentalNeglect: [[spoiler: This leads to Francine's abuse.]]
* PyroManiac: PlayedForLaughs. [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen Off-screen character]] "Mad John the Pyromaniac" keeps conveniently getting his hands on items the patients want rid of.
* TheQuietOne: Fergus rarely opens his mouth unless directly addressed, and speaks very softly, possibly because he's all too aware of the stereotypes that exist of schizophrenics.
* RousingSpeech: Campbell gets to deliver quite a few of these.
** The patients make a habit of escaping from the asylum to do odd jobs and coming back in time for tea, especially Fergus, who escapes just to pass the time. Subverted horribly when he "escapes" from a a tower he had previously glided majestically from by [[spoiler: jumping to his death]].
** "Then guess!"
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted, athough in some of the cases you think that the patients would be better off without them.
* ViolentGlaswegian: Averted, except in the case of asylum "nurse" Stuart.
* WideEyedIdealist: Campbell.