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BLACK DAISIES FOR THE BRIDE
A ScreenPlay television programme written by Tony Harrison.
Originally broadcast BBC2 Wed 30 June 1993
This unique and moving film was broadcast as a tribute to sufferers from Alzeheimer's disease - a condition that affects 600,000 people in Britain - and was timed to coincide with National Alzeheimer's Awareness week (5 to 11 July 1993).
Filmed in High Royds Hospital, Menton, Yorkshire, it combined drama, documentry, song, verse and music to gently unravel the lives of the residents. Celebrating lost memories in poignant verse and song, the film had a specially arranged score written by Dominic Muldowney and ranged from 'Daisy, Daisy, Give Me Your Answer Do!' to a Puccini aria from Madame Butterfly
The patients, their families and the nursing staff all played themselves while three actresses re-created the wedding days of patients who can no longer remember them.
The black daisies of a hospital corridor floor became a motif for the film.
Cast and Production Team
This television programme won the 'Special Documentary Prize' 1994 Italia Prize
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