BBC2 – Monday 1st March 2010
Early one Sunday morning in 2007, 75 year old Philip Hendy was fatally stabbed by a psychotic man with a long history of mental health problems.
Normally such cases just get a few lines in the local press. But Philip Hendy’s son, Julian, is an award winning filmmaker who has been making acclaimed documentaries for more than 20 years.
This highly personal film documents Julian’s journey to find out what happened to his Dad and his attempt to uncover the true scale and cost of killings by the mentally ill in Britain today.
By talking to other similarly affected families it puts a human face to the statistics and reveals serious problems and repeated failures at the heart of Britain’s mental health system.
Echo Films production for BBC2
An exceptionally powerful piece of television
Brian Viner, Independent, 2 March 2010
A fine piece of campaigning television that will leave you profoundly sad and boiling with fury.
Alison Graham, Radio Times 27 Feb 2010
This powerful and dignified film
David Chater, Times, 27 February 2010
Intensely moving and shocking documentary
Karen Shelton, Daily Mail 27 Feb 2010
Gut wrenching documentary – emotionally eloquent
Gerard O'Donovan, Daily Telegraph, 05 Mar 2010
Extraordinary documentary, a truly powerful true-life drama.
Daily Record [Scotland] 27 Feb 2010
Unbearably poignant documentary
Jane Shilling, Evening Standard, 1 March 2010
A polemical film [that] raises disturbing questions that aren't easily answered
Andrea Mullaney, Scotsman, 27 Feb 2010
Quietly damning documentary
Jane Simon, Daily Mirror, 1 March 2010
Moving as much to anger as tears
Andrew Billen, Times, 2 March 2010
This brave film reveals the reality of under-treated mental illnesses
Marjorie Wallace, SANE, Independent, 1 March 2010
Royal Television Society – Yorkshire – Factual Programme of the year 2010
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Tuesday 2nd March 2010
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