Secrets from the Asylum

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History Documentary hosted by Robert Lindsay, published by ITV in 2014 - English narration

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Secrets From the Asylum Reading that one of your Victorian ancestors was classified as a lunatic who should be confined in an asylum is clearly very distressing, but at the turn of the last century it was a common diagnosis. People with late-stage syphilis, senile dementia or postnatal depression were often locked away, and although the Victorians believed in “moral treatment” for them – a disciplined stress-free daily routine – there was still a stigma attached to being in an asylum so the family members left outside often struggled to survive. Ray Winstone, Claire Sweeney and Al Murray run the gamut of emotions when they discover how their relatives fared when they were categorised as lunatics.

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The first of two programmes in which celebrities embark on an emotional journey to discover how their ancestors coped in Victorian asylums. Hollywood hardman Ray Winstone visits Colney Hatch Asylum in north London, where his great-great-grandmother's first husband was committed in 1875. Comedian Al Murray follows in the footsteps of one of his forebears, Vanity Fair author William Makepeace Thackeray, to discover the measures he took to save his suicidal wife from the horrors of institutionalisation. Plus, actress and singer Claire Sweeney finds out how senile dementia and old-age mental health was treated in the 19th century.

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Part two of two. Comedian Al Murray finds out how Victorian ideas of inherited insanity meant one of his ancestors was institutionalised from a young age. Birds of a Feather star Lesley Joseph goes on a deeply personal journey to uncover a painful family secret about an aunt whose very existence was kept secret for years, while entertainer Christopher Biggins discovers the truth behind his great-grandfather's time in an asylum. The Royle Family's Sue Johnston looks back on her job as a ward orderly in the 1960s while she was a drama student.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4.1
  • Video Bitrate: 3185 Kbps
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.778 (16:9)
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720
  • Audio Codec: AAC LC
  • Audio English
  • Audio Bitrate: 160 Kbps VBR 48KHz
  • Audio Channels: Stereo 2
  • Run-Time: 46mins
  • Framerate: 25FPS
  • Number of Parts: 2
  • Container Mp4
  • Part Size: 1.02 GB
  • Source: HDTV
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