Jane Austen

A film about a ‘Greek Revival’ cottage, near Fettercairn. Torwood cottage was built c1829. The first family to live there was the Austen family. They had a daughter called Jane … Continue reading Jane Austen

Standing ovation

This short film is based on ‘Thought for the day’ by Duncan McLaren, BBC Radio Scotland, 19 November 2019. The trees featured include those on the Altyre Estate (near Forres), … Continue reading Standing ovation

Whistleblowing in NHS Scotland

Like Sir Robert Francis, I prefer the term ‘Freedom to Speak Up‘ to “whistleblowing”. However the Scottish Government has chosen to stick with the latter. The first two films below … Continue reading Whistleblowing in NHS Scotland

personal reality

This short film is narrated by Mona Siddiqui [an extract from BBC Radio Scotland, 3 November 2019)  

Position statement: frequency of withdrawal reactions

Following the publication of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Position Statement on antidepressants and depression there was widespread news coverage supported by Expert Statements by Professor Allan Young and Professor … Continue reading Position statement: frequency of withdrawal reactions

The Peoples’ March

London, Saturday 23rd March 2019: All photographs taken by my cousin Adrian Holliday. Music Credit: ‘Roll Along’ by Roddy Woomble Radio Clip at the end: ‘Thought for the day’ Radio … Continue reading The Peoples’ March

Psychiatry in Fabula

Over 6 years ago there was a head-to-head debate published in the BMJ on antidepressant prescribing. It so happened that this was between two Scottish NHS doctors: Professor Ian C … Continue reading Psychiatry in Fabula

How many more inquiries?

This short film is based on a Radio Scotland interview with Professor Alison Britton who chaired the Investigative Review into the Scottish Independent Review of transvaginal mesh implants. In a … Continue reading How many more inquiries?

The Centre of Scotland

Last week’s episode of ‘Out of Doors’ had Euan MciLwraith investigating a listener suggestion that the centre of Scotland might be a folly near Doune. I have made two short films … Continue reading The Centre of Scotland

Award culture and ‘realistic psychiatry’

The annual Royal College of Psychiatrists Awards are to “mark the highest level of achievement in psychiatry.” Last week Professor Andrea Cipriani won the Academic Researcher of the Year award at … Continue reading Award culture and ‘realistic psychiatry’

“Chemical Imbalance”

When I was started on an SSRI antidepressant in 1998 for anxiety I was told by my doctor that this would correct a “chemical imbalance” in my brain.  As a … Continue reading “Chemical Imbalance”

Light and his life had become inseparable

This film is based on a Radio Scotland interview with Brian May and Professor Roger Taylor on the 15 August 2018. The host was Grant Stott. Taylor and May have … Continue reading Light and his life had become inseparable