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Mental health TV - Sat 25/4/2015 - Fri 1/5/2015

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1pm, Monk double-bill, FOX. Private investigator Adrian Monk, whose obsessive-compulsive disorder and Asperger's enables him to focus on minor details and solve even the most baffling of crime cases

Detective drama series, starring Tony Shalhoub, Bitty Schram and Ted Levine


So another one of my abstracts for you to test out;

Any crooked Right-wing member of The CPS would secretly time Moslem terror trials to end during the Labour Party conferences of the Spring and Autumn, just as the public is about to vote in elections, or towards the closing stages of a Labour leadership contest

(Labour is immediately driven DOWN in opinion polls whenever Moslems are found Guilty of terrorism)

An innocent pattern would be a fairly even annual spread of trials post-9/11 except at Christmas, Easter, July and August - due to Crown witness holidays

(We've another Old Bailey terror case just stated right after the previous one ended - and that disgraced Moslem mayor had his court case during the General Election campaign too - from around October to February there were NO terror trials and suddenly we've had a few back to back just the General Election looms)

Tabulate all the post-9/11 terror trials verdict dates out etc - and which pattern do you find? Innocent or crooked?

Anecdotally I find the crooked one.






Saturday

7pm, Hoarding: Buried Alive, TLC



7pm, Poirot: Elephants Can Remember, ITV Encore. Poirot finds himself investigating the strange and gruesome murder of an elderly psychiatrist. Elsewhere, the detective's old friend Ariadne Oliver is being pressed to uncover the truth behind two decade-old deaths. As the pair dig deep for evidence, they soon discover that their separate investigations are intrinsically linked and join forces to solve the overarching mystery.

Starring David Suchet, Zoë Wanamaker and Greta Scacchi



10pm, Cornered - BT Sport Films, BT Sport 1. An insight into the life and psychology of journeyman boxer Johnny Greaves, who often accepts fights at short notice against up-and-coming fighters and has won very few of his contests




10pm, Ghost Asylum, Discovery Science. Investigating supposedly haunted buildings in America, abandoned asylums




11pm, Bedlam, Sky Livingit. Paranormal drama series, set in an apartment block converted from a pre-Victorian psychiatric hospital. Renovations awaken the spirits of former inmates who come back to reclaim what they believe to be rightfully theirs, and seek revenge on those who have wronged them.

Starring Will Young, Theo James and Charlotte Salt




11:05pm, Role Models, Channel 4. Two irresponsible salesmen find themselves in trouble with the law after crashing their truck. To avoid jail, they agree to undertake community service looking after two troubled kids - a painfully geeky teenager and a foul-mouthed youngster. However, jail soon looks like it would have been the easier option.

Comedy, starring Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott and Christopher Mintz-Plasse




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




2am, I Dated a Psycho, Crime and Investigation. Documentary series examining once-loving relationships that soured in terrifying fashion.




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

6.15am, The Professionals - A Man Called Quinn, ITV 4. During the Cold War (ask your dad - though with Putin about these days maybe just watch the news) a former MI5 agent regresses to a time when he was captured and brain-washed by the KGB into killing four of his colleagues. After escaping from a mental hospital he sets out to resume his mission, leaving Bodie and Doyle with the task of trying to protect them.

Action drama, starring Martin Shaw and Lewis Collins





9am, Star Trek: Whom Gods Destroy, CBS Action. Kirk and Spock beam down to an asylum for the criminally insane to deliver some medical supplies, but run into trouble when they're taken prisoner by an inmate with the power to assume any shape.

William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy star



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



5pm, Nightmare in Suburbia: In the Dead of the Night, CI. A look at the murder of 21-year-old Aspergers sufferer Shaun Rossington who was fatally attacked in Lincoln in 2010. Five people were convicted of his murder.


6pm, Brain Games, National Geographic Channel. Documentary series with interactive experiments, illusions, and mind tricks revealing the inner workings of the human brain.






7:20pm, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Channel 5. The sequel



1am, Hit and Run, True Drama. 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





1:50am, You Better Watch Out (aka Christmas Evil), Horror Channel. Another topical movie - a boy suffers a traumatic experience at Christmas, it leads him to grow up to become a toy factory employee with an unhealthy obsession with the holiday. He starts to believe that he really is Santa Claus, and becomes so disgusted at the lack of festive spirit in the world that he decides to murder everyone whom he judges to have been naughty!

(Jeremy Clarkson would have absolutely no chance of surviving then - especially with all the cold turkey left overs on Boxing Day)

Horror, starring Brandon Maggart and Jeffrey De Munn

(Any chance that we can have all the election TV shows this Christmas instead of now - so that I can book a ski-ing holiday?)





Monday



7:55pm, Wycliffe: Crazy For You, ITV 3. A psychiatrist's wife meets with a particularly grisly end, providing Wycliffe with another challenge for his well-honed deductive powers - and establishing a motive proves harder than actually catching the killer.

Jack Shepherd stars as the dour detective





9pm, Skint, Channel 4. People who are




10pm, Stalker, Sky Living. The psychological thriller returns after a mid-series break. Perry is in custody for attacking Janice, and she questions him about the disturbing pictures he drew of Beth, while Ray receives a surprising visitor. Meanwhile, the TAU investigates the case of a mayor who believes his stalker could be a someone from his scandalous past.

Maggie Q and Erik Stocklin star





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, 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, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: See Me, FOX. A psychiatrist is found murdered, leading Goren and Eames to suspect an ophthalmologist may be involved, especially when they realise that his research into schizophrenia could be masking mental health problems of his own.

Crime drama, starring Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe





6pm, Law & Order: The Dead Wives Club, Universal Channel. The ex-wife of a firefighter who abandoned her for his colleague's widow, is accused of murdering her romantic rival when faced with the threat of losing custody of her children. The defendant's lawyer claims her actions were prompted by post-traumatic stress syndrome arising from the September 11 terrorist attack



8pm, Sick Note Skivers, Channel 5


9pm, Killer Psychopaths, Channel 5. David Wilson presents a psychological profile



9pm, Zoochosis, Community Channel. A short documentary that investigates the abnormal behaviours of animals held in captivity and how their captive situation affects their mental and natural life




10:50pm, Hazard Jack, Horror Channel. A group of students breaks into an abandoned hospital to play a game of paintball. However, the building is the hiding place of a deranged war veteran, who plans to make the intruders suffer in retribution for the way he was rejected by the society he fought for.

Horror, starring Amanda Maddox and Alison Lani




11pm, Autopsy: The Last Hours Of Robin Williams, Channel 5. Forensic pathologist Dr Richard Shepherd investigates the reasons for the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams, whose body was discovered at his San Francisco home in August 2014, leading to an outpouring of grief from friends and fans alike




11.50pm, Ghost Town, BBC 1. A bad-tempered dentist has a near-death experience and finds himself able to see ghosts. But he's irritated to find all the spirits want him to sort out their unresolved problems from when they were alive, particularly a man who wants the grouchy doctor to stop his widow from remarrying.

Supernatural comedy, starring Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear and Téa Leoni.




1am, Conversations With Other Women, True Movies 2. A comedy drama movie with an emotional baggage theme.

Aaron Eckhart and Helena Bonham Carter star as an unnamed man and woman who bump into each other at a wedding. Through observation of the pair's conversation, it soon becomes apparent that they are former lovers, and their shared history is explored during the course of the day.

Hans Canosa employs the use of a split screen for the entirety of his comedy drama, which also stars Brian Geraghty and Brianna Brown




Wednesday

3pm, Haven't We Met Before?, True Entertainment. A disturbed man causes concern when he claims he's responsible for a series of murders, and that he's the vengeance-hungry reincarnation of an executed 19th-century criminal. But his bizarre story soon begins to make horrifying sense, thrusting a dedicated cop into a race against the clock.

Taut thriller, adapted from a novel by Mary Higgins Clark, starring Nicolette Sheridan, Page Fletcher and Anthony Lemke




3.15pm, Reverse Angle, Channel 5. An investigative reporter loses her memory while being pursued by hit-men, and must find out why she has been marked for death.

Mystery, with Emmanuelle Vaugier and Anthony Lemke





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: Coming Down Hard, Universal Channel. When two students at Atlantic Eastern University commit suicide by jumping out of their bedroom windows, the detectives find each owned identical blue ledgers and trace their actions back to an experimental anti-depressant. The team tries to build a case of criminal negligence, but the pharmaceutical company argues all medical research carries a risk.

Sam Waterston, Jesse L Martin and Dennis Farina star





9pm, Gridiron Gang, Sony Movie channel. Dwayne Johnson stars as a youth probation officer at a maximum-security detention centre. The idealistic mentor is determined to teach the adolescents in his care that they have a chance to turn their lives around, and in an attempt to boost morale and self-esteem, he helps the inmates to form an American Football team.

Fact-based sports drama, with L Scott Caldwell, Leon Rippy and rapper-turned-actor Xzibit.

Based on this - Camp Kilpatrick - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia





9pm, Bates Motel, Universal Channel. Widow Norma Bates and her shy teenage son Norman seek a fresh start in a coastal town filled with secrets.

Horror series set as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's movie Psycho, starring Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga.




9pm, Altered Statesmen: Yeltsin, Discovery History. How former Russian president Yeltsin's clinical depression and love of vodka may have affected many of his crucial political decisions




10pm, Mind Games, Sky 2. Drama series about two brothers who run a problem-solving firm that employs solutions based on psychological manipulation.





2:20am, Rushmore, Channel 4. A youthful genius causes chaos in an exclusive private school with his temperamental nature - and things go from bad to worse when he develops a crush on a teacher. A wealthy but miserable businessman strikes up a friendship with the troubled teenager, but when he also falls for the same woman, all-out war is declared!

This well-observed comedy drama boasts a biting sense of humour and excellent performances from the superior cast, which includes Jason Schwartzman, Olivia Williams, Brian Cox and Bill Murray





Thursday

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




1pm, Unabomber: The True Story, True Drama. Fact-based drama following the life of Ted Kaczynski, one of America's most prolific terrorists, notorious for a campaign of bombings between 1978 and 1995, and who threatened further violence unless his political manifesto was published (it eventually was) However, his own brother would prove instrumental in bringing the bomber to justice.

Starring Robert Hays, Dean Stockwell and Tobin Bell

A court-appointed psychiatrist diagnosed Kaczynski as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. You decide - http://cyber.eserver.org/unabom.txt

Extract;

`1. The Industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race. They have greatly increased the life-expectancy of those of us who live in "advanced" countries, but they have destabilized society, have made life unfulfilling, have subjected human beings to indignities, have led to widespread psychological suffering (in the Third World to physical suffering as well) and have inflicted severe damage on the natural world. The continued development of technology will worsen the situation.'

The Unabomber, or that Australian woman in the election debates?

(Why did the members of Jethro Tull always dress in clothes which looked like pre-Industrial Revolution? A bit like turning up at a Wool expo in a Cotton shirt)

The letter-bombs sent from Montana to California etc were presumably carried by train, so presumably if George Stephenson had thought that the Industrial Revolution would have made HIS life unfulfilling it would have foiled the bombings





5pm, Losing Chase, True Drama. 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





9pm, The Jinx - The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst, Sky Atlantic. The millionaire who had 3 people around him mysteriously die - and it is now suspected that he actually murdered them!

On March 14th 2015, Durst was re-arrested in New Orleans, Louisiana, on a first-degree murder warrant signed by a Los Angeles judge. Durst, who is being held in a prison mental-health unit outside of New Orleans, also faces both federal and Louisiana weapons charges. He has previously been diagnosed with Aspergers






10pm, Downfall, BBC 4. Oliver Hirschbiegel's acclaimed historical drama, recreating the claustrophobic events in Hitler's bunker during the final days of World War Two. As the Fuehrer struggles to deal with the collapse of the Third Reich, his most loyal followers face the dilemma of whether to flee, die or face capture.

Bruno Ganz gives a superb, chilling performance in the lead. Juliane Köhler co-stars as Hitler's mistress, while Heino Ferch and Ulrich Matthes also feature.

In German and Russian with English subtitles

Hitler did have Parkinson's Disease at the end

(The spot in central Berlin where Hitler's body was burnt is a children's play-area today if you've ever been there! A now sealed man-hole cover marks that entrance to the underground bunker where they brought him out. Even afterwards it was still possible to flee Berlin across a bridge which was being secured by Hitler Youth and led towards the still free city of Hamburg where packed U-Boats were fleeing to South America, and on foot via the tunnels of the Berlin underground railway system as the Red Army had no map of it and so stayed out, the nearest station was and is just yards away - and indeed many senior Nazis from the bunker did flee in those ways afterwards - hence the conspiracy theories that Hitler too escaped - he didn't though)






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





Friday

6am, Stonehearst Asylum, Sky Box Office. A new apprentice at a lunatic asylum is intrigued by the unusual methods of the doctor in charge. He realises that the doctor is actually a patient who has taken over with the intent of establishing his own form of society - a plan which leads to chaos.

Gothic horror based on Edgar Allen Poe's short story Eliza Graves, starring Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, David Thewlis and Michael Caine




2:40pm, Analyze This, Sky Movies Comedy. Robert De Niro makes one of his most successful forays into comedy, playing a stressed Mafia boss plagued by anxiety attacks which leave him unable to kill people. When a car crash brings him into contact with stressed psychiatrist Billy Crystal, he thinks he's found the solution to his problems. But the horrified shrink is reluctant to be drawn into the world of organised crime - especially when the gangster starts intruding on his personal life and the FBI try to recruit him as a mole.

De Niro and Crystal make a fine double act. Lisa Kudrow, Chazz Palminteri and Joe Viterelli also star



4.30pm, Analyze That, Sky Movies Comedy. Sequel

(TV schedulers often put them back to back these days)

It's one for QI if they haven't already done it - but I've often doubted whether 1920's US gangsters really carried Thompson submachine-guns hidden inside violin cases (the St Valentine's Day gangsters were actually never caught and that is the most cited case) - a violin case openly carried by a hulk of a man etc is hardly something which witnesses would forget afterwards - that isn't a typical violin player and it is an unusual object.

e.g. Lee Harvery Oswald was spotted carrying a big long thing to work simply under a blanket on THAT day, and told colleagues that it was `curtain rails' when they asked him what it was

(Just the sort of thing you'd need in a warehouse - eh? Curtains. And nice to see a man admit to his male work colleagues about doing housework in 1963 - who needed Germaine Greer - eh?)

This photograph shows it actually achieved, but see how the gun has to be taken apart first. In movies though they just take them out and start shooting - http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ac/Thompson_in_violin_case.jpg






6pm, Star Trek: Voyager: The Fight, Syfy. Whilst working out in the Holo-deck (a very advanced form of virtual reality) in a boxing simulation, Chakotay falls under the influence of a telepathic species, and becomes convinced that he is a legendary 24th-century boxer known as The Maquis Mauler

(The ship has become trapped in a void - the hidden aliens who live there try to help those lost in there to escape, but they can only communicate with those predisposed to schizophrenia, so the helpful communication can be mistaken for that and so ignored. Chakotay is a Native American with that latent gene which was altered in his youth by advanced therapy, and that culture traditionally has a different view of mental illness - especially when it comes to reality and imagination etc - in fact we see in one episode where he can routinely control his own dreams)

The writers - "There was a guy living in the 21st century, and feeling himself becoming unhinged, because there are aliens trying to make contact. We were telling the story with Chakotay suffering a mental breakdown as a result of a first contact happening in our Voyager time."

After filming the original instalment, it was discovered that the story was too short, and so the Sick Bay frame story was added to the episode's narrative, adding to the disjointed feel of the episode - it isn't a popular one amongst fans.

"Begin round one." - Voyager's computer, several times throughout the episode as Chakotay keeps fails and restarting - it starts to become like Stephen Hawking singing a Black Lace record.

(The voice is that of actress Majel Barrett - who was the nurse in the first Star Trek series)

Fight, an, alien in the ring
Make him punch on the nose
Voyager's like a Jumbo Jet
And put on your boxing clothes
The void isn't sealed
In fact you'll find a leak
And though you'll hate - "Begin round one."
You'll be saying it for weeks





9pm, Twelve Monkeys, Syfy. The recent series. A time traveller from 2035 AD journeys back to the 1990's to discover the cause of a deadly disease that ravaged the world, only to be thrown into an asylum. He meets a fellow patient who may hold the key to his mission, but the more time he spends in the past, the more he comes to question whether he really is from the future or simply delusional.




9pm, Psycho Kitty (er - right), DMAX. Cat behaviourist Pam Johnson-Bennett and co-host Chris Duchaine instruct viewers in cat training.



10pm, Monday Mornings: Forks Over Knives, FOX. The surgeons are divided over Tina's proposal to use an unorthodox procedure for OCD





The next week;


Sat

1pm, About Sarah, True Movies 1. Kellie Martin gives a touching performance in this heartfelt drama, playing an American student whose world is turned upside down when she discovers she's been made legal guardian of her learning-disabled mother, and agonises over whether she can accept the responsibility.

Mary Steenburgen and Diane Baker co-star



5pm, 1000 to 1, Movies 24. A college basketball player has his promising career cut short by a devastating stroke, which causes him to reassess his life both on and off the court.

Sporting drama, starring David Henrie, with Beau Bridges, Jean Louisa Kelly and Hannah Marks




9pm, Donnie Darko, Horror Channel. A disturbed teenager finds himself thrown into confusion as he's plagued by visions of a sinister giant rabbit which forces him to commit wanton acts of destruction in the community.

Excellent, inspired fantasy which packs an unexpected emotional punch and creates a stunning, dream-like 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
 
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