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Mental health TV - Sat 28/3/2015 - Fri 3/4/2015

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11pm, My Naked Secret (double bill), Discovery Home & Health. Documentary series exploring physiological concerns with psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos





Saturday

7pm, Hoarding: Buried Alive, TLC





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.



2am, Out of the Ashes, True Movies 2. A Holocaust survivor heads for America where she dreams of starting a new life after WW2 as a doctor, but finds it difficult to put the past behind her - especially when she's forced to relive the nightmare of Auschwitz at medical interviews.

Haunting drama, starring Christine Lahti, Richard Crenna and Beau Bridges




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




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



9pm, Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity, BBC 2. Louis Theroux, immerses himself in the world of Ohio's maximum security state psychiatric hospitals in the USA, meeting patients who have committed crimes - some horrifically violent - while suffering from severe mental illnesses





Monday

12pm, : Unforgettable, Syfy. Chakotay finds himself suffering from a strange form of amnesia as he seems unable to remember an alien woman whom he fell in love with the week before.

Sci-fi adventure, starring Kate Mulgrew

(Women lovers whom you can dump and then completely forget about after a short time - you can tell that this series is aimed at men can't you?)




1pm, Men Don't Tell, True Movies 2. Unorthodox drama with Peter Strauss and Judith Light attempting to turn stereotyped roles upside down. They star as a married couple whose relationship turns into violence. However, the victim in this case is the husband, who suffers horrific physical and verbal abuse at the hands of his unstable wife - only to find himself too afraid and embarrassed to report her to the authorities.

Ashley Johnson and Michael Rand number among the supporting cast

(You aren't supposed to laugh of course - but you will - especially when they both crash through a house window and he turns in mid air to land on top of her! And so much for middle-class families all having double-glazing)





5.50pm, Star Trek: The Next Generation: Violations, Horror channel. Disturbing episode - Troi, Riker and Dr Crusher fall into mysterious comas while the Enterprise plays host to an alien race of historians, who conduct research by probing their subjects' memories - and several crew members suffer violent hallucinations.

Sci-fi drama, starring Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFadden and Marina Sirtis




7pm, 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




9pm, Moone Boy, Sky 1. A boy has an imaginary friend




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




9pm, Britain's Benefits Crackdown, Channel 4


9pm, Benefits Britain, Channel 5


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




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




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.





1:50am, A Gifted Man: In Case of Separation Anxiety, Watch. Fantasy series where a brilliant surgeon is visited by the ghost of his deceased ex-wife.

In this one, Michael treats a patient who is hearing voices

Drama, starring Patrick Wilson and Rochelle Lafevre





Tuesday

2pm, Criminal Minds: Derailed, Sky Living. When a paranoid schizophrenic (and Maths genius), 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


So whenever a Maths genius who exploits abstract concepts gets a mention, so does one of my own abstract Political concepts - so that you can test yourself to see if YOU too can see them when explained - and a topical one this time;

Easter "upsetting UK Moslems" (we are told) - will it be massively ranted about by Westminster in 2015 - and if so why?

Note that Easter has the EXACT same significance to a Christian (and Moslem) EACH and EVERY year in which it occurs - which IS every year of course.

(i.e. Easter in say 2007 was no more or less significant to a Christian than say Easter in 2008 or in 2006 or 2014 etc).

Yet NOTE (if you check) how senior Westminster figures do NOT rant about Easter "offending Moslems" EVERY year. So a counter-intuitive outcome there (enough Easters have now occurred post-9/11 for that situation to become apparent).


Logically of course, Easter would either upset any Moslem EVERY year, or it wouldn't upset them at all EVERY year - certainly whichever 2 factions are ruling at the Despatch Box in The Commons etc each Easter post-9/11 shouldn't govern how upset they are that it gets ranted about by Westminster.

The coined Despatch Box combination "template" gives away the pattern;

A. If the Tories are led by a Thatcherite and Labour by a Blairite, and Easter occurs - BOTH Westminster leaders will rant about it "offending Moslems".

B. If the Tories are led by a Thatcherite and Labour by someone from the Old Labour faction, and Easter occurs - the Thatcherite leader will really rant and rant and RANT about it.

C. If Easter occurs though whilst a Cameroon leads The Tories and a Blairite leads Labour - the Blairite will rant about it "offending Moslems" IF Labour are LOSING in the opinion polls at the time - the Cameroon then instantly joining in, but staying silent if the Blairite does

(So a complicated algorithm there each Easter whenever that particular factional pairing above leads the 2 main parties).

D. If Easter occurs whilst a Cameroon leads The Tories and Old Labour leads Labour - then NEITHER leader will rant about it "offending Moslems".

Tabulate out each Easter from 2002 onwards (i.e. all the ones occurring post-9/11) against corresponding ranting at the time by Westminster leaders if you want proof.

e.g. Easter 2004 was Tony Blair/Michael Howard facing each other at the Despatch Box - so Blairite/Thatcherite - combination A above. The "template" says that the result there would've been that BOTH of them (or close Westminster allies) ranted - that can be checked of course - but take my word for it that I'm right.

And since Easter 2011 (Cameroon/Old Labour - David Cameron/Ed Miliband) there hasn't been any major ranting by Westminster leaders about Easter - check that too if you want.

i.e. Easter offends Moslems depending on if IDS is a useless Tory leader and so has to be replaced by Michael Howard, or if Labour picks one Miliband brother over the other etc - at which point they aren't offended by Easter anymore? Remind me which bit of the Koran says that - because THAT is the pattern which Westminster is following IF you study it.


(e.g. The complicated Combination C pattern above was also spotted in action during the Veils row in late 2006 too. Labour were LOSING in the opinion polls at the time, with Blairite/Cameroon at the Despatch Box - the Blairite faction member Jack Straw then STARTED the row - and Cameron the Tory leader instantly then joined in with the ranting at Moslems - so again that fitted the "template")


So in 2015 Labour leader Ed Miliband won't rant about Easter, and Tory leader Cameron won't this year either - but we MIGHT get Tory factional rivals Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Alan Johnson in Labour and Michael Fallon etc chancing their arm this year

NEXT year 2016 though could well be a DIFFERENT pattern though regarding ranting (Miliband/Cameron might be forced out and replaced by factional rivals) - which again just underlines the concept of course - since Easter itself will be the SAME in 2016 as 2015 - Westminster CLAIMS that the rows about Easter when in truth the rows are JUST to beat rivals at the Despatch Box in The Commons

(One clearly only linear-thinking Christian whom I previously sent that concept to simply failed to understand the abstract point being made - and came back with old hackneyed - "I don't know any Moslems who DO get upset about Easter" etc - thereby proving themselves incapable of seeing abstract concepts which can prove Westminster a liar. Which probably explains why Westminster gets away with it every Easter).

Beware false prophets - eh? In fact both the Koran and the Bible actually say that? Now I know why.




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 facility




7pm, My Family: The Psyche of Mikey, GOLD. Domestic comedy series.

In this one, when Ben and Susan discover that Michael has been seeing a therapist, they are prompted to undertake a spot of self-analysis themselves.

Starring Robert Lindsay and Zoë Wanamaker as harassed parents





Poor Star Trek canon - this sort of thing annoys me, so indulge me awhile;

8pm, Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Emissary, Horror channel. In this one we hear again how violent Klingon women are - especially when mating (female Klingons are typically a little bigger than Human men and male Klingons tower over both) and in fact we often hear in this franchise how - "No Human man could ever survive the violent Klingon mating ritual" etc (50 Shades Of Klingon).

So in this episode when a female Klingon is trying to get a male Klingon alone, we hear this sort of thing - "Worf, we're alone now. You don't have to act like a Klingon glacier, I don't bite. Well, that's wrong, actually I do bite."

Yet in the later Star Trek Voyager franchise we get B'Elanna Torres though - who somehow had a Klingon mother and a Human father - and whenever we see him he isn't all battered and with bite-marks etc. They used IVF?

Thank you - I'll put my Anorak away now.






9pm, Battle Scarred, Forces TV. Each year up to 20,000 people leave the armed forces. While for most the return to civilian life is a straightforward one, others find it completely overwhelming and for those stressed by combat it can be especially traumatic.

Emmy-winning journalist Chris Terrill investigates what happens to people who struggle to cope with life after leaving the armed forces





9pm, The Mysteries of Laura: The Mystery of the Frozen Foodie, 5 USA. The detective investigates the murder of a chef who was addicted to sex after his frozen body is discovered at a processing plant. Laura heads to the restaurant where the dead man worked and realises its walk-in freezer is the scene of the crime, but the key to solving the case could lie with either the victim's colleagues or one of his partners.

Starring Debra Messing




9pm, Bedlam, London Live channel. Documentary focusing on Bethlem Royal Hospital, known as Bedlam, the lunatic asylum in Moorfields that was one of London's greatest attractions in the 17th century. Foreigners, locals and writers flocked to the 'human zoo' where, for one penny, they could enjoy provoking the madmen who were shackled to the ground




9pm, Hope Springs, Film 4. Comedy starring Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep as a long-married couple who attend counselling to discuss the fate of their future.




10pm, Nurse, Episode 3, BBC Two. Community psychiatric nurse Liz wonders why Graham is in such high spirits, while former soldier Jack recalls a grim time in Helmand before retreating to his 'safe place'. Billy tries his hand at preparing vegetables from Liz's allotment, despite the fact that they are covered in soil and he doesn't like mud.

Comedy series, starring Paul Whitehouse and Esther Coles





10pm, Injustice, ITV Encore. Celebrated London barrister William Travers moves his family and practice to Suffolk after suffering a nervous breakdown, and his life is thrown off balance a second time when he sees a familiar shabby figure at a train station. Meanwhile, Ipswich detective Mark Wenborn is assigned to investigate a murder at a deserted farm and his inquiries lead him into a game of cat-and-mouse with Travers.

Thriller series, written by Anthony Horowitz (Foyle's War), starring James Purefoy, Charlie Creed-Miles and Dervla Kirwan

(The following episode is the following week)





11:45pm, When a Man Loves a Woman, BBC One. A couple's outwardly idyllic marriage is close to disintegrating through the wife's alcoholism despite her being a counsellor herself, prompting her husband to resort to desperate measures to make her give up drinking for their children's sake. However, he is also forced to face up to the part he played in allowing her life to go off the rails.

Drama, with Andy Garcia, Meg Ryan, Lauren Tom, Ellen Burstyn, Tina Majorino and Mae Whitman





2am, Fringe: A Better Human Being, Sky 1. X-Files type series. In this one, the team investigates a mentally ill patient who appears to be connected to a string of murders






Wednesday

8am, Monsters: Their Divided Self, Horror Channel. Short surreal tales

In this one, a psychiatrist meets a rather unusual patient, a double-headed man with two conflicting personalities!




1pm, The Deadly Look of Love, True Entertainment. A woman bored with her humdrum existence conjures up a fantasy life with the already-married man of her dreams : but her obsessive idling soon leads to murder.

Far-fetched potboiler, starring Jordan Ladd, Vincent Spano, Holland Taylor and Richard Blackburn




2:40pm, The Incredible Hulk: Veteran, Horror Channel. David tries to stop a plot to assassinate a Vietnam War hero by a traumatised Vietnam veteran who is suffering from hallucinations




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, 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, 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, Gridiron Gang, More Movies. 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, My Violent Child, Channel 5.



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




0.55am, D-Tox, ITV 4. 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)




2am, It's Kind of a Funny Story, Channel 4. A teenager suffering from exhaustion and contemplating suicide checks himself into a mental-health clinic in the hope of a quick observation. Instead though he finds that he is required to stay at least five days on an adult psychiatric ward, a fact he tries to conceal from friends and family.

Comedy drama, starring Keir Gilchrist, Emma Roberts and Zach Galifianakis





Thursday

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




9pm, Visions of Terror, True Movies 1. Police psychologist Barbara Eden begins counselling traumatised cop Ted Marcoux, whose partner died in the line of duty, and soon realises there is more to the case than meets the eye.

Complex crime drama, also starring David Marciano from TV's Due South




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





0.10am, The Rebel, ITV 3. Witty and colourful comedy, starring Tony Hancock as a bored office clerk who exchanges his bowler hat and briefcase for an easel and brushes, and sets off for Paris to pursue his dream of becoming a great artist - blissfully oblivious to the fact that his ambition and passion far outweigh his actual painting talent!

George Sanders, Dennis Price and John Le Mesurier co-star






Friday


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, Along Came a Spider, More 4. The daughter of a senator is kidnapped from her expensive private school, sparking a desperate race to hunt down her psychotic and devilishly intelligent captor before it's too late. Luckily, grizzled police psychologist Alex Cross (Morgan Freeman) is on hand to match wits with the villain.

Nail-biting thriller based on James Patterson's best-selling page-turner, starring Monica Potter, Michael Wincott, Dylan Baker and Penelope Ann Miller





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.




1am, 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

Based on this case - Laurie Dann - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia






The next week;



Sat

3pm, Hit and Run, True Movies 1. 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




7pm, Chemistry - A Volatile History: Discovering the Elements, BBC Four. It profiles Henry Cavendish.

Henry Cavendish - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia




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






11:45pm, A Beautiful Mind, BBC Two. Compelling Academy Award-winning biopic of brilliant mathematician John Nash, whose prospects for a promising career with the CIA were confounded by paranoid delusions and schizophrenia as the stress of the job proved too much. It certainly makes fascinating viewing, but it's not always easy to watch - and many critics felt the 2001 Best Film Oscar should have gone elsewhere.

Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris and Judd Hirsch star.


And so another one of my abstract concepts for you;

The significance of the swing-voter or "floating voter" in UK elections.

Study this result in a theoretical Seat for The Commons;

Tories - 18, 000 votes
Labour - 15, 000 votes
Lib Dems - 5, 000 votes
UKIP - 1, 000 votes

(The Tories win the Seat obviously)


Question : From this choice of answers - what is the MINIMUM number of additional votes in the SAME Seat which the Labour Party would need in order to win?

A: 3100 ?
B: 2100 ?
C: 5100 ?

The answer is NOT the one A above (3100) - which is a common error

The answer is actually B - only 2100 extra votes are needed.


Explained - although 15 000 + 2100 is NOT greater than 18 000 of course, it IS enough votes to win if Labour simply takes them directly FROM The Tories;

Tories - 15, 900 votes (down 2100)
Labour - 17, 100 votes (up 2100)
Lib Dems - 5, 000 votes
UKIP - 1, 000 votes

So a Labour victory that time instead - achieved with FEWER votes than ostensibly seemed possible.

i.e. stealing the votes of the OTHER Main Party is a FAR better winning strategy than trying to persuade those who don't normally vote, or by trying to get Lib Dem voters etc to defect to you - because you need FEWER votes that way

(By far the most Seats in the country have The Tories and Labour running in first and second place and merely swapping those places or not at each General Election).


So are you looking at the sort of voter who directly flip-flops between Labour and The Tories (which VERY few voters overall actually do - many vote one way all the time or by mere numbers disgruntled Labour voters are MORE likely to defect to Respect or The Lib Dems etc).

You can envisage a typical Labour/Tory swing-voter as the sort of person who'd vote Labour if they thought The Tories will privatise The NHS - but will vote Tory if they think Labour are getting TOO pally-pally with Moslems.

i.e. So somebody EASILY galvanised into deserting Tory for Labour should Labour actually ATTACK Moslems at times specifically designed to achieve that defecting outcome.

And THAT'S the significance re Moslem trouble - the way our Voting System actually lends itself to it in some circumstances
 
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