Sex in a Cold Climate , a documentary denouncing the Magdalene Asylums, which were operated by Catholic nuns in Ireland for over 100 years, caused an uproar when it was televised in England in March 1998 as part of Channel Four’s Witness series. An estimated three million people watched the documentary.
I spent ten years as a print and radio journalist in Fleet Street and the BBC, then almost another decade as Head of Production for a big, international agency with a global turnover of $400 million. I worked extremely hard. Long hours, missed birthdays, neglected family. All the usual casualties of being a workaholic…Ten years ago my life changed beyond all recognition.