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Mental health TV - Sat 22/11/2014 - Fri 28/11/2014

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The Invaders is running on The Horror Channel, I'll say when the relevant ones are on TV, but 2 of them are on You Tube;

The Possessed - David Vincent's college buddy expresses concern about peculiar mental health experiments conducted by his brother at the behest of the aliens at a sanitarium - The Invaders S02E17 The Possessed HD Rip Full Episode - YouTube


The Pit - The aliens have infiltrated The Slaten Research Center. By the time David Vincent arrives at the scene, Julian's having hallucinations. Is Julian truly a lunatic, or are the aliens behind his mental lapse? - The Invaders 2x19 The Pit - YouTube


Just the background to the series;

Aliens plan to invade The Earth, but they are vulnerable even to pistols and knives etc. So in this 1960's series from the Atomic Age, it means any full-scale assault by them would face stiff if not decisive resistance from Humanity and its weapons (the aliens figure that all nations even during The Cold War would unite to fight them).

So a small vanguard of the aliens take Human form, and land in remote places - in flying saucers (obviously), planning on subverting all nations' defences first. Then other aliens massed in a flying saucer invasion fleet hiding in space can launch the full-on invasion in their true form. They can't invade all pretending to be Humans because of the inevitable friendly-fire risk.

An architect - David Vincent - discovers their plan, but isn't believed (and you can see why - aliens who look just like other people coming out of flying saucers in remote areas etc).

When an alien is killed, they instantly turn to dust, so simply killing one and using the body as proof is no good (the aliens don't bleed when cut, have no heartbeat, and most of them can't bend their little fingers).

They also have a little circular mirror-like weapon which can kill people in a way which looks like natural causes (they place it on people's necks when no-one is looking) so alerting no suspicion. And another weapon disintegrates people, which they also use when no-one is looking, so again those unwitnessed deaths just look like a case of a missing person etc.

People witnessing the instant disintegration of a dead alien is how they usually become convinced that David Vincent is telling the truth - but of course they have to be present when that death actually happens since about 10 seconds later is too late.

Obviously the aliens secretly land in The US as it is a Superpower. We learn they are planning to subvert The USSR too though, and mostly off-screen a small band of their citizens are attempting to alert their authorities.

The Mafia also learn of the secret alien invasion plan - and take resistance matters into their own unique hands in an unwittingly comical episode!

(Mafia don - "Relax Mr Vincent - if those aliens want this planet, they have to take it from us." !!!!!)

Later in the series, David Vincent has a small band of helpers - called The Believers - either that or Justin Bieber disintegrates things, like my ears.


I've often wondered which underground secretive movements alongside The Mafia wouldn't be noticed by any invading aliens, and so could band together to fight them in a guerrilla war;

Yes nuclear submarines which routinely hide in the vast Pacific Ocean, but also drug-dealers, people who stage outdoor raves, The Masons, crooked bankers who fix the Libor rate, computer hackers, remote Amazon tribes, dogs which return a thrown ball, those fringe Christians and Communists who print a deceptive headline on their newspaper front-pages making out it is some general interest newspaper until you turn inside to find it is about God or Communism really, and pae-dophile gangs etc.

(Fred The Shred and his Libor fixers could raise crooked alien money for a newspaper printed in the alien language or a virus put on all their computers saying that the Earth was louse with dangerous drugs and pae-dophiles - which then appeared in a few places but the paranoia created by the newspaper would make the aliens think they were everywhere, with a deceptive front-page of a Page 3 alien to make them read it. Then dog-owners could throw their ball by an alien, and get chatting to them when the dog approaches to bring it back, to distract them a bit. And if they still aren't convinced that an invasion is a bad idea, Sting could threaten a 90-day continuous Rave where the aliens wouldn't be able to park their flying saucers nearby as its residents-only parking and they'd only just moved in so don't qualify, and he could bring that Amazon bloke along to pester them about ruining the planet - even though we Humans were already doing that ourselves. They'd soon buzz off to Alpha Centuri and invade there instead - surely?)

The Masons wouldn't be involved though, because they'd be waiting to see who won to then secretly rule them.


When I was very little;

Places like Spain and Portugal were restive politically and we had no TV, and the news on the radio would often say that someone famous there had been shot by a `guerrilla' - and yes, I wondered how the hairy killer had somehow travelled all the way from Africa unnoticed and also knew how to use a rifle.

I wasn't so surprised though whenever a `guerrilla' shot someone in Africa of course - I'd seen that Tarzan film where Cheetah operates a machine-gun.

However, "guerrillas" seemed to shoot SO many famous people that I thought how dumb the soldiers in Spain and Portugal must be not to spot them waiting with a gun outside the presidential palace etc beforehand. I also wondered just how the Spanish justice minister etc had annoyed them so much that they all wanted to shoot him - that he had ordered some embargo on bananas or something.

My first visit to Gibraltar with all those Barbary apes about was a frightening experience I tell you.

God know what little kids with no TV today make of Nigel Farage forever complaining that every house here is now built by "Poles" - they probably think bricks aren't clever enough to do it by themselves like that, and that it what scaffolding is about when they walk past it in the street.




On with the show;



Saturday

7pm, Hoarding: Buried Alive, TLC


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




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)



11.30pm, Minority Report, BBC 2. An envisaged future where people can be imprisoned merely in the belief they'll commit a crime



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



9pm, Donnie Darko, Syfy. A disturbed teenager finds himself thrown into confusion as he's plagued by visions of a sinister giant rabbit that forces him to commit wanton acts of destruction in the community. Excellent, inspired fantasy which packs an unexpected emotional punch and creates a stunning, dreamlike atmosphere.

Jake Gyllenhaal is simply brilliant in the lead, alongside real-life sister Maggie, plus Jena Malone, Daveigh Chase, Holmes Osborne and Mary McDonnell. Patrick Swayze, Drew Barrymore and Noah Wyle also appear




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!

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



10pm, The Hoarder Next Door, More 4.



10pm, Mind Control, Discovery Science, Using psychological techniques from hypnosis to the Barnum effect, this programme will expose the inner workings of the human mind




11:30pm, Moon, BBC Two. Sam Bell, Lunar Industries sole Moon based employee is nearing the end of his three year contract. During his time there Sam has been responsible for rocketing helium-3 back to Earth with no communication with anyone but GERTY, a computer that attends to Sam's needs.

Just days before his return to Earth Sam is temporarily knocked unconscious during an accident involving a mechanical harvester. It is only when Sam returns to the harvester that he makes and unexpected discovery, which makes him temporarily question his sanity, his identity and his mission.

Sci-Fi thriller starring Sam Rockwell.




1:30am, Rugby's Hidden Headache, BBC News Channel. Head injuries which occur in the game

(This show might concentrate more on Rugby Union than Rugby League since that is the more popular game in London - but I always think that research into "rugby" should be separate since League is more about charging into players and Union is more about passing the ball)




Monday


12pm, Law & Order: Compassion, Universal Channel. 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




4pm, Medium: Profiles in Terror, FOX. Allison disagrees with an FBI psychological-profiler's findings when they seem to contradict the visions she has had about a murder case, while Joe becomes concerned about Marie.

Paranormal drama series, starring Patricia Arquette and Jake Weber




5pm, Last Chance Saloon, Community Channel. My Bipolar Brain: Twink explains why he's motivated to understand mental illness



9pm, Man on a Ledge, Film 4. A man threatening to jump from a bridge has to be counselled down



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



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




Tuesday


8pm, Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, Channel 4



8pm, George Cross Heroes: You're Nicked, Quest. James Beaton, who thwarted a plot to kidnap Princess Anne along The Mall in 1974 by the schizophrenic Ian Ball, who had somehow managed to get hold of a pistol from somewhere. He had planned to ransom her for a million quid and then give the money to The NHS.


9:40pm, Only Fools and Horses: Friday the 14th, GOLD. A deranged axe-murderer has escaped from the local Broadmoor-type place



9pm, Psychobitches, Sky Arts 1. Double-bill. The return of the comedy sketch show in which Rebecca Front stars as long-suffering psychiatrist holding therapy sessions with history's most famous women



10pm, Katherine Mills: Mind Games, Watch. The illusionist uses psychology to influence people in spectacular displays of apparent mind control


4:30am, Schools - Coping, BBC Two. Documentary discussing issues of teenage mental health, including anorexia, depression, OCD and self harm




Wednesday


2pm, Dangerous Edge: A Life of Graham Greene, Sky Arts 1. Documentary exploring how author Graham Greene's life drove him to attempt suicide, while inspiring him to produce classic novels including The Quiet American, Brighton Rock and The Third Man. The film weaves his novels into the story of his life, revealing his time as a British spy, the doubts he had about his Catholicism and the bouts of manic depression he suffered




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, The Simpsons: How Munched Is That Birdie in the Window?, Channel 4. After spending weeks nursing an injured pigeon back to health, Bart is left distraught when Santa's Little Helper eats his feathered friend. Things go from bad to worse for the mischievous greyhound when a psychiatrist recommends the family finds the dog a new home.



8pm, Saving Hope, Watch. Totally far-fetched series. When the chief of surgery at a hospital falls into a coma, his fiancée and fellow surgeon takes up the challenge of running the hospital - with only the helpful intervention of his spirit to guide her and which others can't see or hear!

As I say for a whole series!

(Inspired by Dallas where someone dreamt a year of episodes?)



9pm, Benefits Britain, Channel 5



10pm, Body of Proof : Committed, 5 USA. Teenager Renee Caldwell is found dead in the shower of the psychiatric institution for young women to which she had been admitted. Megan and Tommy arrive to examine the crime scene, and patient Darby Stone claims to have seen a man sneaking around the hospital and that she herself was the intended target.




0:10am, The Serpent, Film 4. A disturbed man is obsessed with the belief that all the problems in his life stem from a childhood prank that went wrong, so he targets the boyhood friend he holds responsible - a wealthy self-absorbed photographer in the middle of a messy divorce - and sets about systematically ruining his life.

Thriller based on the novel by Ted Lewis, starring Yvan Attal, Clovis Cornillac and Pierre Richard.

In French with English subtitles




Thursday

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



7pm, Hit and Run, True Entertainment. Thought-provoking drama about a guilt-ridden motorist whose self-respect and sanity are gradually eroded as she struggles to cope with the consequences of her rash decision to flee the scene after causing a terrible accident.

Margaret Colin, Lisa Vidal, Drew Pillsbury and Paul Brewster star




8pm, The Mrs Bradley Mysteries: Death at the Opera, Drama channel. A travelling circus arrives in a tranquil village, but the festivities come to a halt when the knife-thrower's female assistant is stabbed to death. Amateur sleuth and professional psychologist Mrs Bradley searches for the culprit, but discovers few people are willing to assist with her inquiries.

Drama, starring Diana Rigg, with Meera Syal, Janine Duvitski and Felicity Montagu



12:20am, Supersize vs Superskinny, Channel 4.




Friday

12pm, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Seizure, FOX. A woman's murder bears the hallmarks of one committed by jailed serial killer Kevin Reddick, raising fears that he has found an accomplice to carry on his work while he is in prison. The investigation leads back to a series of experiments performed on Reddick to discover the cause of his madness




5pm, House: The Social Contract, Sky Atlantic. The medics treat a man who collapsed after inflicting a torrent of insults on his colleagues, and their investigations uncover that he has frontal lobe inhibition, causing him to vocalise his innermost thoughts. The patient's condition proves to be amusing, until his harsh truths threaten to destroy his relationship with his wife and daughter. Meanwhile, House suspects Wilson is keeping secrets from him.




9pm, About a Boy, GOLD. A layabout Lothario (Hugh Grant) hits on the bright idea of posing as a father to improve his luck with the ladies - but gets more than he bargained for when a lonely youngster with a depressed mother latches onto him, and looks set to change his womanising ways.

Top-notch romantic comedy, adapted from Nick Hornby's best-selling novel and co-starring Toni Collette, Nicholas Hoult and Rachel Weisz.




9pm, Perception, Watch. Dr. Daniel Pierce is an eccentric neuroscientist with schizophrenia who helps FBI solve complex criminal cases.

Starring Eric McCormack and Rachael Leigh Cook
 
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