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Mad to Be Normal

Controversial Scottish psychiatrist RD Laing (David Tennant) conducts an anti-psychiatry experiment at Kingsley Hall in London, transforming the building into a medication-free sanctuary where patients and their carers live under the same roof. His methods, which fly in the face of conceived wisdom, transform Laing into an international celebrity during the 1960s and 1970s. During one lecture tour, he meets starstruck student Angie Wood (Elisabeth Wood), who becomes his lover and partner. She also moves into Kingsley Hall, where her presence is seen as a threat by some of the patients, who want Laing all to themselves. When Angie subsequently falls pregnant, she discovers that Laing cannot give her the emotional support she needs, and his unwavering devotion to his work comes at the expense of his personal relationships.