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Saturday February 24th 2024

Britannia Hospital | 1982

Last, and the least, of Lindsay Anderson’s Mick Travis trilogy, which began so brilliantly with If.... wobbled a bit with the eccentric O Lucky Man! but finally crashed to earth, despite an extraordinary cast, with this cringingly banal, state-of-the-nation allegory.

Britannia Hospital itself was the huge, sprawling Friern Hospital, Friern Barnet Road, just west of New Southgate Station in London N11. In 1993, the hospital was closed and while empty was used as the setting for Vadim Jean's 1994 horror film Beyond Bedlam.

True at least to the spirit of the film and the times, the complex has been redeveloped into – of course – luxury housing, now called Princess Park Manor.