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Mental health TV - Sat 21/2/2015 - Fri 27/2/2015

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The film Cake at cinemas with Jennifer Aniston seems worth a look


Saturday

6pm, Without a Trace: Patient X, Sky Atlantic. Malone and the team investigate the disappearance of a therapist, working on the assumption that one of her former patients is involved - but struggle to find evidence pinpointing their suspect's identity.

Anthony LaPaglia and Poppy Montgomery star



9pm, The Silver Linings Playbook, Channel 4. Following a period in a mental health facility, Pat moves back in with his parents to get his life on track and re-establish his relationship with Nikki, his estranged wife. Whilst at dinner with an old friend, Pat meets the young widow Tiffany, who has a whole load of her own problems. An unlikely friendship blossoms and both Pat and Tiffany try to let go of the past and move forwards.

Comedy-drama starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Chris Tucker.



7pm, Hoarding: Buried Alive, TLC



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



7pm, Terror in the Shadows, True Drama. A man's idyllic family life is shattered by the revelation that the deranged killer of his first wife has escaped from a mental institution and is out for revenge.

Psychological thriller, starring Genie Francis, Leigh J McCloskey and Victoria Wyndham




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)



11:20pm, Spider. BBC Two. A schizophrenic released after a lengthy stay in a psychiatric hospital struggles to adapt to the routine of living in a halfway house. He finds himself drawn back to his childhood haunts in the East End, where he pieces together the memories that recreate the trauma that led to his mental breakdown - causing his fragile grip on reality to slip again.

David Cronenberg's psychological thriller, with Ralph Fiennes, Miranda Richardson, Gabriel Byrne, Lynn Redgrave and Bradley Hall



12am, Criminal Minds: Derailed, Sky Living. When a paranoid schizophrenic, convinced that the government is watching him, takes hostages on board a train, the team are startled to discover that Elle is among those being held. In a bid to secure the passengers' safety, Dr Reid has to play the troubled man at his own game.

Drama, with Matthew Gray Gubler




0:20am, Psychoville, GOLD. Comedy thriller series, written by and starring The League of Gentlemen's Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, focusing on the lives of five apparently unconnected characters. A blind recluse, a telekinetic dwarf, a hook-handed clown, a deranged midwife and a man-child obsessed with serial killers each receives a mysterious card bearing an anonymous message.

With Dawn French and Adrian Scarborough



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


2:25pm, Love Happens, Channel 4. When widower Burke writes a book about coping with loss, he finds himself labelled as a 'self-help guru'. A chance meeting with a florist makes him realise his true feelings surrounding the death of his wife.

Romantic drama starring Aaron Eckhart and Jennifer Aniston.



9pm, The Loved Ones, Horror Channel. A teenager devastated by his father's death is lifted out of depression by his girlfriend. However, another girl also has her eye on him and when he rejects her advances, she and her doting but demented father kidnap him and plot a gruesome revenge.

Australian horror, starring Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy and Victoria Thaine



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 accidentally 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.

Samuel Shaw (wrestler) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia





9:30pm, My Mad Uganda, BBC News Channel. In Uganda in Africa few people are willing to talk about mental illness. Those who suffer are frequently isolated, shunned by their community and rejected by their families. Our World meets a man who has broken the silence




11:20pm, Me, Myself and Irene, Film 4. Off-colour humour abounds in this smash-hit comedy from the Farrelly brothers, starring Jim Carrey as a mild-mannered policeman who has to balance his day-to-day responsibilities with a split personality. Unfortunately his alter ego is not quite as easy-going - a problem exacerbated when he falls in love.

With Renée Zellweger, Anthony Anderson, Mongo Brownlee and Robert Forster





Monday

3:15pm, The Perfect Assistant, Channel 5. A woman becomes obsessively infatuated with her male boss, but has never acted on her desires. When his wife becomes seriously ill, she sees an opportunity to discreetly murder her so that the object of her affection will then be available!

Thriller, starring Josie Davis, Chris Potter and Sophie Gendron

(Channel 5, weekdays, 3.15pm - The Stalker Slot)




(Asylum on BBC 4 at 9pm is just a spoof of Julian Assange in that embassy)



9pm, The NHS - £2 Billion A Week And Counting, Channel 4.



9pm, Benefits Britain, Channel 5




10pm, Slaughter at the Farm: Countdown to Murder, 5* channel. In October 1986 Jeremy Bamber was convicted of shooting dead his adoptive mother and father, sister and two nephews (her 2 children) at White House Farm near Tolleshunt D'Arcy in Essex in August 1985 with the licensed family-owned rifle.

This programme uses dramatic reconstruction to chart the key events in the case, using witness testimony, crime reports, forensic evidence and expert commentary

(He still protests his innocence from prison and claims that his schizophrenic sister did it all and then turned the gun on herself - it has been to the Court Of Appeal many times but each time the appeal has been thrown out).

For his version to be true, he'd have had to have rung the house just as the rampage was occurring and his father somehow then decided to answer it without knowing who it would be, but yet at no time rang out 999 to the police himself. Also, broken things lying nearby etc meant his father had wrestled with whoever had the gun before being overpowered and shot - Bamber fitted that physical ability far more than his sister did. Remember that other vagaries concerning the evidence could simply be down to the fact that the police initially believed that his sister WAS the true murderer when arriving at the house etc having been told that by Bamber - only some weeks later did the police think it was Bamber himself

There is some campaign online etc if you think the courts have got it wrong and it really was his schizophrenic sister who did it - Jeremy Bamber Official Web Site

I don't think the courts have got it wrong though




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




11pm, Wire in the Blood, ITV 3. Thrillers based on the novels by Val McDermid, starring Robson Green as eccentric clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill, who possesses an eerie insight into the minds of murderers.




Tuesday



5pm, Against Her Will, True Movies 1. An easygoing lawyer joins forces with a former legal adversary to free a woman held prisoner in an asylum after admitting herself for psychiatric treatment.

Drama, starring Walter Matthau, Susan Blakely, Harry Morgan and Brian Kerwin





9pm, David Wilson's Psychopaths, Channel 5.



11pm, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Influence, Universal Channel. An unstable woman stops taking her medication and kills 10 people with her car - an offence blamed on a former rock star who has begun waging a campaign against the abuse of psychiatric drugs. Under pressure from Cragen, a sympathetic Novak has no choice but to pursue a prosecution - and the trial attracts intense media attention.

Guest starring Norman Reedus



11:35pm, Growing Up Downs, BBC One. Documentary following a group of young actors with Down's syndrome as its members set out on tour with a production of Shakespeare's Hamlet. The programme also charts events taking place in their lives - including romance, rows and revelations




2am, Odd Girl Out, True Movies 2. A high-school student seems to have it all. But a jealous rival begins spinning a web of lies which causes her friends to turn against her - and sparks an increasingly vicious cycle of bullying. As the troubled youngster sinks into depression, her mother vows to do whatever it takes to put things right - and restore her daughter's self-confidence.

Thoughtful teen drama, starring Alexa Vega, Lisa Vidal, Leah Pipes and Alicia Morton




Wednesday

9am, True Lives - The Forgotten, Community Channel. Documentary exploring the issue of loneliness and depression in old age



5pm, Diagnosis Murder: Delusions of Murder, 5 USA. Dr Sloan discovers a manipulative killer posing as a psychiatrist, who uses hypnotism to lure his victims to their deaths.

Whodunit, starring Dick Van Dyke



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



6pm, Law & Order: Compassion, 5 USA. Briscoe and Green are called to investigate the murder of a grief counsellor who claimed he could communicate with the dead, and discover that he was a conman with a host of disgruntled clients, any one of whom might have had a motive for killing him.

Crime drama, starring Jerry Orbach and Jesse L Martin



8pm, GPs: Behind Closed Doors, Channel 5. The observational documentary returns, this time giving an insight into the work of doctors at Putneymead Group Medical Practice in Putney, south-west London.




9pm, Girl Interrupted, Sony Movie Channel. A would-be writer in the 1960s is committed to an exclusive psychiatric ward by her parents after attempting suicide, but the move seems to cause more problems than it solves.

This emotional drama follows the same lines as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but lacks both the subtlety and power of that classic offering. Still, Winona Ryder gives a good gamine performance in the lead, and co-star Angelina Jolie won an Oscar.

With Clea Duvall, Brittany Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg and Vanessa Redgrave




10pm, Autopsy: The Last Hours Of: Karen Carpenter, Channel 5. Dr Richard Shepherd investigates the death of the singer and drummer Karen Carpenter in February 1983, with the cause of death heart failure as a consequence of anorexia nervosa. Armed with the post-mortem report, Dr Shepherd goes back over the last few weeks of her life to try to unravel what happened, and uncovers stories of emetics, bulimia, heart problems, sedatives, massive weight loss, force-feeding and stays in hospital. With contributions by close friends, a psychologist and others who knew her

I was only a very young boy when they had their hits, but I do remember their songs. The one We've Only Just Begun started out as a mere short song in an advert for the Crocker National Bank.

The Carpenters - We've Only Just Begun (1970) - usually played at weddings - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__VQX2Xn7tI




11pm, Perspectives: Sergeant on Spike, ITV 1. John Sergeant presents a personal film about his childhood hero - comedian and writer Spike Milligan. John meets some of the people who knew him best to uncover the man behind The Goon Show and explore his influence on British comedy.

With contributions by his former manager Norma Farnes and fellow comedians Michael Palin, Eddie Izzard and Noel Fielding, as well as director Richard Lester and author John Antrobus, who worked with Spike on the 1969 film The Bed Sitting Room




2am, Under the Piano, True Entertainment. An autistic woman with an amazing musical talent joins forces with her sister in an effort to assert herself in the face of their domineering mother's objections.

Gritty drama, starring Amanda Plummer, Megan Fellows and Teresa Stratas




Thursday

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



1pm, Prairie Fever, True Drama. A drunken former sheriff is hired to escort three mail-order brides, who have all snapped under the strain of frontier life, back to civilisation. Along the way, he encounters a conwoman on the run and enlists her help in protecting the women - but his new friend's abusive husband is on their trail.

Western, starring Kevin Sorbo, Dominique Swain and Lance Henriksen



4pm, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Untethered, FOX. Goren infiltrates the psychiatric ward of a New York jail, without the knowledge of his superiors, to investigate disturbing allegations by his inmate nephew that prisoners are being systematically abused, tortured and even killed by sadistic guards.

Drama, starring Vincent d'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe



5pm, George Cross Heroes: You're Nicked, Quest. The story of James Beaton, who thwarted a plot to kidnap Princess Anne yards from Buckingham Palace in 1974 by the schizophrenic gunman Ian Ball

(The case is why today UK armed police carry revolvers and not automatic pistols. Ball shot several bystanders and guards - who all miraculously survived - but when one guard tried to return fire his automatic pistol jammed)




9pm, Amour - movie (2012), Film 4. An elderly couple face a series of challenges in their relationship when the wife has a stroke.

Oscar-winning drama, starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva

In French with English subtitles




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.

With Julia Davis, Sharon Horgan and Mark Gatiss







1am, Unabomber: The True Story, True Movies 1. Fact-based drama following the life of Ted Kaczynski, one of America's most prolific terrorists, notorious for a campaign of periodic letter-bombings between 1978 and 1995 from a remote log-cabin hide-out in Montana.

When caught, Kaczynski's lawyers attempted to enter an insanity defence but Kaczynski himself rejected that plea. A court-appointed psychiatrist diagnosed Kaczynski as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, but declared him competent to stand trial

Starring Robert Hays, Dean Stockwell and Tobin Bell

(He got the nickname from bombing UNiversities and Airports - he opposed industrialisation and modern technology)




Friday


2:55pm, Sex and the City: Boy Interrupted, Comedy Central Extra. Carrie has dinner with her old high-school boyfriend and everything seems perfect until he makes a startling revelation about himself - he just checked into a mental health facility




9pm, Twelve Monkeys, Syfy. Season 1 Episode 1: Splinter. Sci-fi mystery drama series based on the Bruce Willis film, starring Aaron Stanford as James Cole. A time traveller from a dystopian, plague-ravaged future arrives in the present day to stop the release of a deadly virus and change the course of history.

Emily Hampshire is Jennifer Goines, a troubled maths genius who meets James Cole in a psychiatric ward (he is put there when claiming to be from the future etc).

With Amanda Schull, Noah Bean and Kirk Acevedo

Since a Maths genius with mental health issues has occurred again in TV listings, under next week's episode I'll detail my most extraordinary Psephological concept in Politics - coined the "Blair/Reid Project" (sarcastically named from what Tony Blair and John Reid SHOULD have done after 9/11 - but simply couldn't see)

It has its origins in this abstract concept in Quantum Mechanics - which says (in a parallel universe) that Gary O'Brien plotted 9/11 and Bin Laden has sent this message to you etc.

(People immediately abandon such abstract concepts on realising that we can't see or communicate with such universes etc and so there is no point studying occurrences in them for clues which might help us - I didn't abandon the search at that point though - and what emerged was the way to viably and consistently defeat ALL Terrorism in THIS universe on demand - whilst of course fully accepting both that we can't see or hear from the other universes, and also accepting that people in this universe can't have their personalities altered on demand by the mere theoretical knowledge that a different version of themselves exists elsewhere - and Tony Blair was nowhere near the abstract idea)




9pm, Girl Interrupted, Sony Entertainment TV. A would-be writer in the 1960s is committed to an exclusive psychiatric ward by her parents after attempting suicide, but the move seems to cause more problems than it solves.

This emotional drama follows the same lines as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but lacks both the subtlety and power of that classic offering. Still, Winona Ryder gives a good gamine performance in the lead, and co-star Angelina Jolie won an Oscar.

With Clea Duvall, Brittany Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg and Vanessa Redgrave




The next week;



Sat

11am, Blue Bloods: Nightmares, Sky Atlantic. It's Halloween in New York, and when a knife-wielding attacker dressed as Baron Samedi - the Spirit of Death in voodoo - stabs a man dressed as a priest, Danny's investigation leads him into the world of voodoo.

Elsewhere, Jamie becomes involved in the welfare of a volatile psychiatric patient
 
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