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Mental health TV - Sat 17/1/2015 - Fri 23/1/2015

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Monday to Friday this week

11am, Saints and Scroungers, BBC 1. People on benefits who deserve to be, and those who don't



Saturday

3pm, House: The Socratic Method, Sky Atlantic. The doctor treats a schizophrenic woman admitted with a pulmonary embolism, but soon realises there must be more to her case when she starts bleeding excessively. He finds a tumour on the patient's liver which could explain the blood, but refuses to give up on his theory that the original diagnosis of mental illness was incorrect - and Chase's solution to the puzzle could change the woman's life for ever.

Medical mystery drama, starring Hugh Laurie and Jesse Spencer



7pm, Hoarding: Buried Alive, TLC



9pm, I Dated a Psycho, Crime and Investigation. Documentary series examining once-loving relationships that soured in terrifying fashion.



9pm, Diabolical: Shattered, Investigation Discovery. The death of expectant mother Heather Messenger, who was killed by her husband David in front of their five-year-old child in 1998.

Investigators contemplate whether he was acting in self-defence, fell victim to mental illness, or whether something else prompted his actions

(He takes out a million dollar life insurance policy on his wife, which has a clause that if he murders her whilst insane then he still gets the money - he duly kills her the week after - and then says he was insane at the time, but miraculously was then immediately cured just as the cheque arrived. And the judge initially falls for it!)



9.20pm, Bridget Jones's Diary, ITV 1



10pm, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Manic, Universal Channel. Stabler and Benson enlist the help of Dr Huang as they struggle to find a connection between a major pharmaceutical firm's illegal marketing campaign and the mysterious deaths of two high-school students.

Hard-hitting drama, starring Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay and BD Wong



11pm, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin - , Yesterday. Classic Seventies comedy, starring Leonard Rossiter as the executive stuck in a middle-aged crisis rut and eager to change the world

(The next one is on Sunday and then the next weekend etc)



12am, Star Trek: The Next Generation: Masks, CBS Action. An alien archiving device begins to transform the Enterprise into a replica of its ancient society, and Data is taken over by a series of personalities from the era.

Sci-fi drama, starring Brent Spiner

(Star Trek notoriously type-casts actors. Leonard Nimoy never really got subsequent work in other things. So these days concocted plots are included which allow the actors to show off their full acting range to the producers of other shows. This is Brent Spiner's go)




1am, Most Evil: Psychotic Killers, Discovery Channel. Dr Michael Stone investigates killers diagnosed with psychotic disorders in an attempt to explain why they acted as they did. He focuses on the cases of Ed Gein, who created clothing made of human skin, and Gary Heidnik, who constructed a torture chamber in the basement of his Philadelphia home. The forensic psychiatrist also interviews jailed killer Arthur Shawcross, a man convicted of mutilating 13 people in upstate New York




1.05am, Cyberbully, 4 Seven. Depressed teenager Casey Jacobs is in constant digital communication with her friends, with their lives played out through texts, video calls and social media updates. However, when she's targeted by an advanced computer hacker, the dark depths of the internet are exposed. Director Ben Chanan's chilling real-time thriller is inspired by real-life cases and most of the events depicted have happened to individual people.

Starring Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones)




3:30am, Taxi, CBS Drama. US sitcom series set in a taxi firm. The Latkas Gravas character is from a fictional European country where they don't speak English. His dissociative identity disorder (multiple personality disorder) was conceived late in the series as a result of actor Andy Kaufman expressing boredom at portraying Latka. This allowed him to broaden his comedic abilities with alternate personas.

(New York City taxi-drivers are often notoriously foreign - or that is the stereotype which this character plays into)




Sunday

11:30am, Dr Sanjay Gupta, the CNN news channel. General health magazine show, often has mental health items


1pm, Patch Adams, 5*. A talented student doctor turns the medical community upside down with his offbeat views about the healing power of laughter. He's soon provoking outrage and intense debate among his professors - and enlivening assorted patients with his extrovert nature.

Horribly over-sentimental, cloying comedy drama, with Robin Williams giving an irritating performance in the title role. Monica Potter, Daniel London and Bob Gunton co-star




3pm, Untamed Love, True Movies 1. Compelling drama based on a true story, starring Cathy Lee Crosby as a special needs teacher who forms a close bond with a violent girl traumatised by years of physical and psychological abuse.

With Ashlee Lauren, John Getz and Richard Fancy




9pm, TNA Impact Wrestling, Challenge TV. American wrestling.

(Repeated on Tuesday at 11pm)

The story so far - wrestler and demented stalker Samuel Shaw has been stalking the attractive female ring announcer Christie Hemme (by setting up a secret shrine to her in his house etc - which she then accidently discovered). Knight in shining armour (or actually shining lycra to be more accurate) wrestler Mister Anderson rode to the rescue. The two men have since been feuding.

During a resulting "Padded Van Match" aka a "Committed Match" (where you have to throw your opponent inside an ambulance which has padded interior walls and then lock them inside) the goodie wrestler Mister Anderson won by doing that to baddie crazed stalker wrestler Samuel Shaw.

You win that type of bout by forcing your opponent into the padded ambulance as I say, and the loser (locked inside) is then transported under flashing lights and sirens to a mental institution!

We saw scenes of Samuel Shaw simply sitting catatonic in the padded-room of a mental home, and he was dressed in a strait-jacket too!

Fellow wrestler Gunner began talking to him there and counselling him

See what the next stage of this wrestling storyline is.

Latest - Shaw has now turned on Gunner and has a woman helping him!

American wrestling, so subtle - eh? Anyone would think it was all fixed.




11pm, Cracker, ITV 3.




Monday


12pm, The Madness of Bedlam: A Time Team Special, Yesterday channel. The redevelopment of the Liverpool Street Station in London unearthed a medieval grave site next to the infamous lunatic asylum, and the specialist historians investigate the link between the grisly discovery and the 700-year-old hospital.

Tony Robinson looks into the archives to find out about the lives of patients at Bedlam, while Alex Langlands tries ancient treatments for madness first hand

(There is a conspiracy theory which says that Bedlam in the Georgian era was used as a sort of "Guantanamo Bay" to indefinitely imprison without trial those advocating the French Revolution here. Staging public criminal trials instead risked backfiring via publicity to that cause. If you figure that such political people would have have been locked up once the French Revolution started in 1789 and released after the Battle Of Waterloo in 1815 the dates do broadly tally)




9pm, The Undateables, Channel 4. Return of the documentary following people with a range of restrictive conditions as they search for romance.



10pm, NHS Crisis - Live Debate, Channel 5



10pm, Stalker, Sky Living. Homicide detective Jack Larsen teams up with troubled-yet-knowledgeable detective Beth Davis - and together they encounter stalkers of every shape, size and age. All the while struggling to keep their own compulsions at bay.

Psychological thriller series, starring Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott




10.35pm, Togetherness, Sky Atlantic. From the outside, life appears to be pretty perfect for Brett and Michelle Pierson and their two kids, but the couple are struggling to rekindle the spark in their relationship.

Adding to the stresses of family life are Michelle's sister Tina and Brett's best friend Alex, who both end up moving into the Piersons' already cramped house.

American comedy series, starring Mark Duplass, Melanie Lynskey, Amanda Peet and Steve Zissis



1am, Do No Harm, Watch. TV series with a Jeykyll and Hyde theme



Tuesday

8pm, Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, Channel 4


8:25pm, O'r Galon - Aspergers a Ni, S4C. Three young people in Wales talk about life with Asperger's syndrome - which causes difficulties in social situations and problems with communicating - in the hope that raising awareness of the condition will improve their lives

(Google Translate tells me that Welsh title means - `Of Heart - Aspergers Us' - unfortunately there are no English subtitles for this TV show which is actually in the Welsh language. So the people in it will have difficulty communicating with most of us anyway never mind their Asperger's)



9pm, Excluded: Kicked Out Of School, BBC 3. Documentary following the staff and students at an alternative provision facility, where children who have been excluded from mainstream education go to learn, illustrating the difficult behaviour of some of the pupils and exploring the reasons behind their actions.


12am, Horizon - How Violent Are You?, BBC 4




Wednesday

11:20am, Postcards: Relationships, Community Channel. Five real-life stories about relationships and sexuality from people with a learning difficulty



5:30pm, Leading Women, CNN. Profiling current influential women who have made it to the top in their fields. Leading Women connects you to extraordinary women of our time. Each month, we meet two women at the top of their field, exploring their careers, lives and ideas.

Watch online - Leading Women - CNN.com



8pm, Without a Trace: Volcano, Sky Atlantic. The team investigate the disappearance of an autistic boy during a field trip to a museum in Manhattan, and Jack soon discovers the child's father is guilty of negligence. However, further complications emerge - the child's school aide vanishes, while a security guard with a criminal record arouses Danny's suspicions.

Anthony La Paglia stars




0.55am, Haxan (movie from 1922), Film 4. Silent horror anthology depicting the history of witchcraft, and how it compares to 20th-century understanding of mental illness.

Starring Maren Pedersen and Clara Pontoppidan



1am, Bonds of Love, True Movies 2. A mentally disabled man defies the wishes of his over-protective family and the authorities to continue his romance with a woman whose previous marriages brought abuse and heartache.

Fact-based drama, starring Kelly McGillis, Treat Williams, Steve Railsback and Hal Holbrook




Thursday

8:30am, Dr Sanjay Gupta, the CNN news channel. General health magazine show, often has mental health items



8pm, Benefits - Can't Work Won't Work, Channel 5


9pm, Rasputin the Mad Monk, Horror Channel. (In pre-revolutionary Russia in about 1917) the sinister holy man is denounced by the church for his violence and debauchery, but acquires a reputation for miraculous healing powers.

He uses his hypnotic talents to secure influence over the Russian royal family, but acquires enemies determined to destroy him.

Hammer thriller, starring Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley and Richard Pasco

(Speaking of which - that black guy in Boney M couldn't sing at all but simply looked and danced better than the actual bloke who sang on the records so was always put on Top Of The Pops etc in his place - and `Ma Baker' was actually called `Ma Barker' and although her sons were indeed gangsters it is still strongly debated whether she was. Certainly the image of her jointly robbing banks with them etc as is usually depicted is completely false)




10pm, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Coerced, Universal Channel. Stabler investigates when a schizophrenic man kills a bystander while abducting a boy he believes to be his son. The adult home for the mentally ill where the offender had been a resident comes under scrutiny after Dr Huang is brought in to assist with enquiries.

Crime drama, guest starring Leland Orser of ER fame alongside Christopher Meloni and BD Wong




10:15pm, Psychobitches, Sky Arts 1. Comedy sketch show starring Rebecca Front as a psychiatrist who conducts therapy sessions with some of history's most famous women.





Friday

6pm, House: Nobody's Fault, Sky Atlantic. House and his team are subjected to a disciplinary hearing after their patient suffered a psychotic breakdown and stabbed Chase.



7.10pm, Airplane 2, Film 4. Hapless hero Ted Striker escapes from a mental home, and tries to prevent the launch of a passenger space shuttle, certain it will end in disaster.

Sadly, his prediction comes true when a computer malfunction sends the spacecraft hurtling toward the sun, while a man driven mad by sexual inadequacy smuggles a bomb on board.

Disaster movie spoof sequel, starring Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, William Shatner, Sonny Bono and Chad Everett


As ever - the reverse pronoun trick is done to the absolute hilt throughout this movie;

e.g. 1. "This could make us head towards the sun."

"What is it?"

"It is a large ball of gas at the centre of the Solar System."


e.g. 2. "You are needed in the cockpit."

"What is it?"

"It is the bit at the front where the pilot sits."

etc etc etc etc




9pm, Solaris, More Movies. Psychiatrist George Clooney arrives on a space station to investigate the death of its commanding officer but subsequently starts to experience frightening visions of his late wife which seem all too real - and force him to question his sanity.

This sci-fi drama is Steven Soderbergh's eerie reimagining of Stanislaw Lem's original story, with Clooney on fine form as a man gradually unravelling. Co-starring Natascha McElhone, Viola Davis, Jeremy Davies and Ulrich Tukur




10pm, Monroe, ITV Encore. Drama series following the professional and personal life of neurosurgeon Gabriel Monroe.

In this one, Monroe tries to persuade an epileptic man to have an operation which could stop his religious hallucinations

Drama series, starring James Nesbitt and Sarah Parish




11pm, In the Best Interest of the Children, True Movies 1. A manic depressive woman is released from an institution and tries to regain custody of her five children. However, their foster parents wish to officially adopt them, and her eldest daughter believes that would be for the best. As a bitter legal battle ensues, the mother's mental health begins to deteriorate once more.

Fact-based drama, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Sally Struthers




11.05pm, Albatross, BBC 2. Bookish teenager Beth is desperate to escape her dull home life. She finds a kindred spirit in Emelia, a troubled 17-year-old with dreams of becoming a writer, who comes to work at her parents' hotel. Emelia forms a friendship with Beth, but also has an affair with her father, which threatens to tear the family apart.

Drama, with Jessica Brown Findlay, Felicity Jones, Sebastian Koch and Julia Ormond




11:10pm, Deep Blue Sea, Sky 1. A tenacious scientist searching for a cure for Alzheimer's disease comes up with a dubious scheme to enlarge sharks' brains in an effort to research her project. However, her efforts only succeed in increasing the creatures' intelligence, prompting them to go on the rampage, with bloody consequences!

(How come in shark films no-one ever figures the obvious infallible escape method - just don't go in the water! Or have these super intelligent sharks solved even that problem?)

Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane, LL Cool J and Samuel L Jackson star alongside a myriad of computer-generated beasts in director Renny Harlin's enjoyable underwater thriller




3am, The Mrs Bradley Mysteries: Speedy Death, Drama channel. Amateur sleuth and professional psychologist Mrs Bradley enlists the help of her chauffeur George to investigate a murder that took place at her god-daughter's engagement party.

1920's era detective drama, based on the novels by Gladys Mitchell, starring Diana Rigg, Neil Dudgeon, John Alderton and Lynda Baron





The next week;


Saturday night

12am, Couples Retreat, ITV 2. Comedy written by 'Iron Man' director, Jon Favreau. Four couples find themselves drawn together at a tropical resort, where therapy sessions are mandatory.

Vince Vaughn, Kristin Davis and Jean Reno make up the stellar cast.



Sun

8pm, Proof, Sony Movie Channel. The death of a brilliant but disturbed mathematician (Anthony Hopkins) leaves his daughter (Gwyneth Paltrow) concerned she is doomed to inherit his mental illness. As she delves into her own frustrated ambitions, one of the late academic's students turns up to search through his papers and a recently discovered document has serious repercussions.

Adaptation of David Auburn's stage play, also starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Hope Davis



Here is some Maths for you - re events in Paris;

A. If the Tories are led by a Thatcherite and Labour by a Blairite, and Moslems do some terrorism or other etc - BOTH Westminster leaders will rant and rant and really RANT about it.

B. If the Tories are led by a Thatcherite and Labour by someone from the Old Labour faction, and Moslems do some terrorism or other etc - only the Thatcherite leader will really rant and rant and RANT about it.

C. If the Tories are led by a Cameroon and Labour by a Blairite, and Moslems do some terrorism or other etc - the Blairite leader will rant and rant and RANT about it only IF Labour are LOSING in opinion-polls at the time. In the event of any such massive ranting by the Blairite, the Cameroon will then instantly MATCH it and join in.

D. If the Tories are led by a Cameroon and Labour by Old Labour, and Moslems do some terrorism or other etc - NEITHER leader will rant and rant and RANT about it that much

(And that last one - D - is the factional "Despatch Box" combination which we currently have - via David Cameron/Ed Miliband).


But imagine if it was say combination A right now instead - e.g. Tony Blair/Michael Howard (Blairite/Thatcherite) - how much ranting in response to the SAME Paris incident would THEY both be doing right now?

Obviously BIG provocative ranting by senior Westminster figures (like in scenarios A, B, and C above) then erupts MORE subsequent trouble in response to the original terrorist act than LESS Westminster ranting about the original Moslem terrorist act (like in scenario D).

And in scenario A (where BOTH leaders start ranting) ENORMOUS extra trouble erupts in response of course.


Also, see above how "Moslems doing some terrorism or other" is a Constant identical factor in ALL four scenarios, but the amount of resulting community trouble VARIES in each scenario (directly due to the DIFFERENT amount of Westminster ranting) - which therefore PROVES that "Moslems doing some terrorism or other" is NOT the ONLY chief factor governing HOW much community trouble erupts in response to actual Moslem terrorism.

i.e. how we presently came to have David Cameron/Ed Miliband (leading the Tory Party and the Labour Party) instead of say Tony Blair/Michael Howard doing it is an overall factor in the amount of community trouble too.

(e.g. the Tories kept losing elections under Thatcherites like Howard and so simply switched to a Cameroon instead in order to win that way - and so that is NOT an outright Moslem factor dictating that switch - but that switch DOES dictate the amount of overall trouble)


So what sort of Maths did the dopey police etc study at school? Clearly they missed Algebra class - maybe because it was invented by a Moslem! - Omar Khayy

(`Algebra' is Arabic for "reassembly of broken parts")




11.25pm, The Ringer, More Movies. An able-bodied office worker's amoral uncle persuades him to compete in the Special Olympics in an unethical bid to raise money. However the presence of an attractive trainer, and the friendliness of his fellow competitors, forces the phoney athlete to change his plans.

Controversial comedy, produced by kings of the politically incorrect, the Farrelly brothers, and starring Johnny Knoxville, Brian Cox and Katherine Heigl
 
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