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Mental health TV - Sat 24/1/2015 - Fri 30/1/2015

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



Monday to Friday

Waterloo Road is running on weekdays on CBS Action at 9pm. The pupil Karla Bentham has Aspergers

Karla Bentham - BBC Waterloo Road Wiki

(Later series are running on BBC 3 but I think she has left by then)

Her case is rather severe, often it is just about noticing things which other people miss;

Jack Straw of The Labour Party etc will NOT cause big arguments with our Moslems about Veils etc whenever The Tories simultaneously argue about Europe amongst themselves - you can see that abstract point? (Jo Moore and her famous email).

Another point;

1. When Jack Straw ranted about Veils, he thereby erupted community trouble in Blackburn (his OWN Constituency in The Commons) even though MORE Moslem women per se wear Veils in say, London/Birmingham etc than in Blackburn.

2. Start watching the Moslems of Uxbridge (in west London) NOW by the way - note how presently they AREN'T doing anything in particular compared with other Moslems (in say Birmingham or Cardiff or Sunderland etc) NOR are they being focused on in particular either (by ITN and Sky News etc). That will change when Boris Johnson becomes their MP in May - whenever Psephology subsequently "tells" Boris Johnson to do it (i.e. whenever David Cameron comes a cropper over something), they'll be thrust by Boris to the centre of national attention - but ONLY because HE will have picked Uxbridge as HIS Seat from a choice he had of course.

Had he picked somewhere else as his Seat, then he'll be erupting THOSE Moslems instead - so specific Moslem issues in Uxbridge are irrelevant.

Uxbridge has MORE Moslems than other places in London? No it doesn't - but it WILL have Boris Johnson though.

(i.e. it often isn't where MOST Moslems are actually doing something which erupts trouble there - often a key factor can be merely who their local MP is and how prominent THEY are in Westminster factional fighting)

Watch Uxbridge and its Moslems when Boris isn't the MP there, and then when he is, and see that abstract difference - but just notice the Moslems in Uxbridge when Boris says, and he'll trick you forever - as Jack Straw proved with Veils.

When Jack Straw said `he had a problem with Moslems wearing Veils in his Constituency of Blackburn' - you missed the true significance of that little word `his' in subsequent troubled events - didn't you?

The problem with uniform thinking - you can be uniformly tricked

Er, it is Politicians we are talking about - wake up please




Monday - Friday

9pm, Hell Date, BET: Black Entertainment TV channel. Hidden camera show. Two black American people date, but one is secretly an actor/actress who has some sort of issue - often mental.

Unfortunately listings are vague about which episodes will be shown when - but here are some of them;

The woman's case of low self esteem spirals out of control

The man lost his puppy not too long ago and is an emotional wreck

The male ringer has a different view on life and how people should act, especially women through his psychology

Runaway Nut Job (er, right)

Rain Man

Roid Rage

Silent Stalker

A male cleanliness freak with OCD goes overboard

Bipolar Sistah - outrageous mood swings by the woman, who begins smashing things.




Rachel Kelly was on Sky News - Rachel spoke with Stephen Dixon and Gillian Joseph about new announcements that those suffering from mental illness will no longer face being held in police cells - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCM_zuZtDEc



ITV has been commissioning period dramas over the past few months with Jekyll & Hyde among them. The 10-part action adventure drama was announced in November and has now found its lead in Tom Bateman. He’ll play Robert Jekyll, the grandson of the original doctor with the dual personality.




Saturday


7pm, Hoarding: Buried Alive, TLC



7pm, 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




7pm, Head Games - Seeing is Believing, Discovery Science. From colour, technology, relationships, communication and feelings, we'll show you how the human brain is designed to focus on what we think is important and filter out the junk.



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



10.30pm, Bridget Jones - Edge of Reason, ITV 1



10.55pm, Only Yesterday - The Carpenters Story, BBC 4. 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.



11pm, 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




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)



11pm, Dark Matters: Twisted but True: Radio Waves of Death/How to Make a Zombie/Jekyll v Hyde. The search for pain relief that ended in madness

Horace Wells - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

(Zombie research conducted by Wade Davis - and a deadly invention purportedly created by Nikola Tesla are also discussed).




11:05pm, Gothika, Sony Entertainment Television. Psychiatrist Halle Berry faces a nightmare when she wakes to find herself confined in the mental hospital where she once worked, accused of killing her husband. Just when she thinks things can't get any worse, the spirit of a dead teenager begins haunting her.

French director Mathieu Kassovitz's attempt at psychological horror fails for so many reasons, not least the bland plot which leaves Oscar-winner Berry struggling to find anything substantial to get her teeth into. Robert Downey Jnr, Penélope Cruz and Bernard Hill also star



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.



1am, Darkness Before Dawn , True Entertainment. Movie (1993). A woman scarred by the memory of childhood abuse becomes increasingly dependent on drugs.

Moving drama, starring Meredith Baxter, Stephen Lang and a very young Kirsten Dunst




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

8am, The Sunflower, Sky Arts 2. In Italy, Giovanna (Sophia Loren) and Antonio (Marcello Mastroianni) get married to delay Antonio's deployment during World War II. After that buys them twelve days of happiness, they try another scheme, in which Antonio pretends to be crazy. Antonio is eventually sent to the Russian Front though.

(When WW2 started Germany and Italy were allies - that alliance continued when they jointly invaded Russia in 1941. However the status of the stranded Italian troops became hopelessly confused when Italy withdrew from WW2 in 1943 - most of its army in Russia having been early pulverised at Stalingrad in the Winter of 1942/3 - certainly Russia refused to allow them straightforward passage out of the country and back home)

When the war is truly over (in 1945), Antonio does not return and is listed as missing in action.

Giovanna she sets out on an arduous journey across Russia to discover what has become of him - but when she tracks him down, she finds her long-lost soldier husband living in Moscow with amnesia.

Drama, starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.

In Italian, English, and Russian with English subtitles where relevant

(The Italians initially thought that WW2 would be a straight re-run of WW1 where bogged-down enemies would ultimately result in Italy having a seat at the armistice conference table and a gain of territory for itself - wrong! For a start it lost Libya, Somalia and Ethiopia which it began the war having).

Hitler ultimately said that he lost more potential allies through being allied to Italy than he gained from having Italy itself as an ally!

(i.e. when Hitler asked some countries to join him many refused simply because he himself was allied to Italy)

Italian prisoners of war in the Soviet Union - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia




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



5:50pm, Along Came Polly, ITV 2. An obsessively cautious man, whose wife has left him on their honeymoon, encounters a wildly spontaneous former classmate and finds her irresistible, even though she throws his well-oiled routine into disarray. She, on the other hand, is happy to remain carefree.

Uneven romantic comedy, enlivened by delightful performances from Ben Stiller (his dirty dancing is hilarious to watch), Jennifer Aniston and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Also starring Debra Messing, Hank Azaria, Alec Baldwin and Bryan Brown




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




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.






11:15pm, Aguirre - the Wrath of God, Film 4. An obsessive 16th-century Spanish conquistador leads an expedition across the Andes and down the Amazon river to search for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold - but his troops are not happy.

This acclaimed art-house film creates a vision of madness and folly

Stars Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra and Helena Rojo - in German with English subtitles.

(I always confuse this movie with Fitzcarraldo - which has the same star, producer, is set a South American jungle too, and also has an eccentric main character seeking his fortune)




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





Monday


7pm, Murder of Innocence, True Drama. Emotional drama, starring Valerie Bertinelli as a woman whose descent into insanity is witnessed by her confused and alienated husband (Stephen Caffrey) as he battles the authorities to prove she is a danger to society.

With Megan Cavanagh



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




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




10pm, Criminal Minds: Psychodrama, Pick. Gideon and the BAU team investigates a series of bank robberies, made all the more unusual when it becomes apparent that the perpetrator is not interested in the money but forces his victims to undress and do sexual things with each other etc before he leaves the crime scene!

(Er, right - remind me to stand behind Jordan in the bank queue - though knowing my luck behind me would be Boy George)

Starring Mandy Patinkin and Thomas Gibson




10pm, Got Hitched Got Ditched, Channel 5. People whose marriages went wrong before they had barely started. Michelle's marriage ended the day after she and her husband renewed their vows when she discovered he had fathered someone else's child, while Ann's marriage did not even last as long as the vows themselves!




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, D-Tox, ITV 4. Grizzled FBI agent Sylvester Stallone attends a rehabilitation camp for traumatised cops. But when a murderer begins picking off his fellow patients he must put aside his personal problems and track down the killer.

Dreadful psychological thriller, with director Jim Gillespie cramming far too many tired genre cliches into the action. Dina Meyer, Polly Walker, Tom Berenger and Kris Kristofferson also star.

(You can play along at home in guessing whodunit)




11.15pm, Horizon - Why Do We Dream?, BBC 4




1am, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Film 4. A man with no concept of social behaviour is abandoned in a town square after enduring a life of imprisonment. Caring locals teach the youth to talk, walk and write, but he struggles to overcome his feelings of being an outsider in their close-knit community.

Werner Herzog's fact-based period drama, starring Bruno S, Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira and Michael Kroecher.

Based on this - Kaspar Hauser - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In German with subtitles




2.50am, 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




Tuesday

12pm, Sea Patrol: Rescue Me, Universal Channel. Australian coast-guard drama series. In this one, a deranged yachtswoman comes aboard and starts to gain control of the warship

It is often stated that an Australian MP once thought that this series was a documentary! But the clip from the Australian parliament is vague if you actually watch it - she initially seems to think it is real until the Royal Australian Navy officers start laughing, and she then ignores that line of questioning, so it is hard to tell.

(In TV land a show is said to "jump the shark" when its plots start to lose credibility - from an old Happy Days episode where The Fonz jumped over a shark whilst on water-skis. The Royal Australian Navy itself predicted that this show would start to "jump the shark" once viewers drew bored of plots involving interloping Indonesian fishermen etc - and they were right. The actress Lisa McCune always steals the show though - the plots eventually involved her and the warship crew somehow being hundreds of miles inland and brawling with female gun runners etc)

And yes - I've found THAT clip of her from Hell Has Harbour Views online. Very post modern Feminist - for Australia anyway - surely it was made after SATC and Samantha. Who needs Page 3 when you've got Google




8pm, Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, Channel 4




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.



9pm, Touched by Auschwitz, BBC 2. Feature-length documentary marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp by Red Army troops. Laurence Rees travels to Jerusalem (where he meets a surviving psychologist), Chicago, London, Bavaria, Krakow and Tel Aviv to talk to six survivors, along with their friends and families, who discuss the problems, challenges and triumphs that they have experienced since the end of the Second World War.



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




2.15am, Better Things, Channel 4. Drama following the lives of the residents of a small British town, including a recently hospitalised woman trying to connect with her reclusive sister, a couple whose marriage is falling apart and a bereaved man turning to drugs to cope with his loss.

Drama, starring Patricia Loveland, Rachel McIntyre and Liam McIlfatrick



Wednesday

9am, 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



10am, 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.



1:40pm, The Incredible Hulk: The Quiet Room, Horror Channel. If David Banner (actor Bill Bixby) is injured or made angry, he instantly transforms into The Hulk (bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno) and rampages about - somehow putting the world to rights in so doing. Once he calms down he changes back again

He has to keep that a secret, and you'll see how the plots are always concocted so that no-one sees him changing - e.g. he is knocked to the floor and anyone with him is knocked unconscious by that same impact, or he is knocked into some isolated area and injured and then emerges into a public area as The Hulk etc

In this one - in a sanitarium, Banner runs afoul of a doctor performing mind-control surgery

Taken from the supposed premise that people can summon super-human strength to rescue people trapped in burning cars etc. Can people really do that? The famous premise is actually false.




2:20pm, Sex and the City: Boy Interrupted, Comedy Central Extra. Carrie dates a service user



3:20pm, No Brother of Mine, Channel 5. Whilst visiting her dying grandmother, Nina encounters her troubled sibling after years spent apart.



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 - http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/leading-women/



6pm, Star Trek: Dagger of the Mind, CBS Action. A mad psychiatrist from the Tantalus Penal Colony smuggles himself aboard the USS Enterprise, prompting McCoy and Kirk to investigate strange goings-on. They soon discover the colony's director is using a sinister device to control the inmates and staff.

Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and De Forest Kelley



9pm, Churchill - The Nation's Farewell, BBC 1. It should cover his depression;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winston_Churchill#Artist.2C_historian.2C_and_writer



2am, Girl Interrupted, More Movies. 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




Thursday

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



10pm, The Zero Theorem, Sky Movies Premiere. An eccentric reclusive computer genius living in a derelict church obsessively works on a project set up by his mysterious superiors to prove whether there is any meaning to life. Bizarre unwanted visits disrupt his efforts, but give him a new perspective on the reason for his own existence.

Requesting a psychiatric evaluation, three company doctors determine that he is physically healthy, but request that he have therapy from Dr Shrink-ROM (Tilda Swinton), an AI therapist designed to provide mental evaluation

Terry Gilliam's sci-fi drama, starring Christoph Waltz and David Thewlis



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




11pm, The Book of Ruth (not the Biblical tale), True Movies 2. A woman tells the heart-breaking story of how she was browbeaten, abused and neglected by her jealous, overbearing mother - until finally she was able to step out from her parent's shadow and gather the strength to live her life.

Made-for-TV drama offering touches of emotion amid the histrionics. Nicholle Tom, Andrew Jackson, Evan Jones and Christine Lahti star



11pm, My Family's Secret, Movies 24. A man attempts suicide, leaving a cryptic note claiming he may have caused his sister's death. His wife goes back to his home town in search of answers and asks his brother for help. She does not realise her brother-in-law has a split personality, and digging up the past brings out his more dangerous aspects.

Thriller, starring Nicholle Tom, Philip Riccio and Dylan Neal




11pm, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Home, Universal Channel. A bystander is killed in a robbery, traumatising his already mentally ill wife, who is later suspected of physically abusing their child. The police take the youngster into protective custody, but a lack of evidence forces them to return him home - with tragic consequences.

Crime drama, starring Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay




Friday

12pm, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Committed, Sky Living. The team investigate the murder of a patient at a psychiatric hospital





2.05am, Punch-Drunk Love, Film 4. A socially awkward salesman's henpecking sisters have left him without a life of his own and a great deal of anger. However, when they fix him up on a date with a free-spirited woman he is totally smitten - and determined nothing will spoil his one shot at true love. Unfortunately, a call he made to an adult chat-line leaves him open to blackmail and threatens to jeopardise his new romance.

Paul Thomas Anderson's romantic comedy, with Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Luis Guzmán




The next week;



Sat

9am, Losing Chase, True Movies 1. Moving drama chronicling the intimate and turbulent relationship between a woman recovering from a nervous breakdown and the housemaid employed to look after her.

Kyra Sedgwick stars in real-life husband Kevin Bacon's directorial debut, alongside Helen Mirren and Beau Bridges



1:25pm, Lust for Life, BBC Two. Riveting and beautifully presented biopic charting the tragic and tortured life of artist Vincent Van Gogh, with Kirk Douglas giving a no-holds-barred performance in the lead, alongside Anthony Quinn, who won an Oscar for his brief but obviously impressive performance as fellow painter Paul Gauguin. James Donald co-stars as Van Gogh's brother, who ended up providing financial support for his sibling for years, alongside Lionel Jeffries and Pamela Brown



4:35pm, Columbo: A Deadly State of Mind, Channel 5. A smooth-talking psychiatrist resorts to murder when his lover's husband uncovers the truth. The couple hatch a convincing cover story concerning a burglary, but it's not enough to dissuade the dishevelled detective, who sees through the shrink's lies and attempts to catch him out.

Intelligent crime drama, one of the highlights of the long-running franchise, starring Peter Falk, George Hamilton and Lesley Warren



Sun

9pm, Painful Secrets. True Movies 2. Capable drama chronicling the emotion-filled struggle of a teenage girl who reacts to stressful times by harming herself, and the misjudged reactions of friends and family to her problem.

Kimberlee Peterson, Sean Young and Robert Wisden star
 
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