The second instalment of this sober three-part documentary continues its look at the McGuinness ward, a mental-health unit for teenagers in Manchester. Despite a potential to trivialise these very serious cases (that’s entertainment), this documentary thankfully favours a responsible tone throughout, giving as respectful a treatment of the patients as they receive at the unit.
With nothing fabricated or souped-up for dramatic purpose, the responses of patients and family – and their methods of dealing with the illnesses – are very real. The teenagers themselves only want to recover enough to go home for Christmas; but this is no drama, and potential happy endings are complicated by harsh facts. By no means a documentary to warm your heart, but the straightforward realities make it a series well worth catching.
You'll find this traditional little pub in the backstreets of Fitzrovia, tucked away on Rathbone Place. Apparently it was Dylan Thomas' favourite drinking spot, back in the day. It's got a dinky exterior but inside it extends over two floors, with upstairs given over to regular comedy line ups - the improv nights are popular. The drinks list is typical pub fare, with what looks like a decent range of ale on draught. The food menu follows suit, mostly comprising traditional pub grub. And if it's a sunny day? There's a few tables outside for pavement drinking.