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Mental health TV - Sat 6/12/2014 - Fri 12/12/2014

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This was on Thursday 4 December

7:30pm, Teenage Lives Online, ITV 1. With teenagers living much of their life on social media, are countless hours spent online affecting the (mental) health of our teens?

Watch it here - https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/tonig...ives-online-what-parents-need-to-know-tonight



In Emmerdale this week, Belle suffers mood swings, trashing a shop and jumping off a roof etc




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.




9pm, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Educated Guess, 5 USA. An emotionally disturbed man claims to have witnessed a ra-pe in a hospital. Despite the witness' dubious credibility the SVU investigates, but the alleged victim denies being assaulted.

Crime drama, guest starring Natasha Lyonne and Carrie Preston





9pm, Psychopath Night, More 4. It's thought that one per cent of the population could be classified as psychopathic. This documentary goes inside the minds of psychopaths, revealing how to spot them and meeting real psychopathic killers. It also counts down the top 10 mentally deranged movie characters, as selected by experts including a real-life Clarice Starling who uses Hollywood films to teach FBI trainees how to handle dangerous criminals




9pm, Caligula: 1400 Days of Terror, H2. Documentary examining Roman emperor Caligula, whose rule lasted only 1,400 days, revealing the truth behind the infamous tales of brutality, excess and depravity

Caligula - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



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, Terror in the Shadows, True Entertainment. A woman who is mentally ill had a baby years ago. Her family feeling that it would be in the child's best interest, she decided to give it up for adoption.

Later feeling that her baby had been unfairly taken from her though, she sought the people who adopted her baby, to get it back. When the husband came home however, he found his wife and the baby dead, and the woman clutching the dead baby. She would be sent to a mental hospital.

A few years later she escapes, and all she can think of is getting her baby back (deluded over it being killed by her). The man who adopted her baby has since remarried a single mother, and still lives in the same house. When the escaped woman gets there, she deludedly assumes that the son is her baby.

So she gets a job at a coffee shop waiting for an opportunity to snatch the child - and the couple start to realise that.

(The listings are VERY confusing with this one - so I might be wrong - but to clarify I think that a woman has a baby which is then adopted, she kills the adoptive mother and the child. The widower of that woman re-marries a woman who already has a child. The confused woman turns up and wrongly assumes that child to be the one she gave up for adoption)

Watch it online here anyway and all will be revealed - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDoc1G2AB3w

(I think the You Tube comment about the museum incident at 43 minutes regarding who is in the wrong is incorrect - it is a genuine misunderstanding all round concocted for the sake of drama - none of the 4 adults are at fault. The boy clearly wandered off. The confronted woman is just walking to another part of the museum with the suddenly lone boy at his own request, but is mistaken for trying to walk off completely with him. Obviously she looks like the stalker from behind - but that is just part of the dramatic concoction)




11.55pm, Play Misty For Me, ITV 1. Deranged female stalker



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)




0.30am, 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




Sunday

7am, Bonds of Love, True Drama. A mentally disabled man defies the wishes of his over-protective family and the authorities to continue his romance with a woman whose previous marriages brought abuse and heartache.

Fact-based drama, starring Kelly McGillis, Treat Williams, Steve Railsback and Hal Holbrook



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



6pm, The Ronnie O'Sullivan Show, British Eurosport 2. The snooker play has depression but made a 147 break the other week




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 and has a woman helping him!

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




10pm, The Town That Caught Tourette's, Really




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



10pm, Caligula with Mary Beard, Yesterday . Roman emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus - better known as Caligula - was said to have made his horse a consul, proclaimed himself a living God and indulged in scandalous org-ies. In this documentary, classical scholar Mary Beard attempts to peel away some of the myths surrounding him, sifting through surviving evidence to paint a portrait of the real Caligula



11pm, Cracker - Episode 1: The Mad Woman in the Attic : Part One, ITV 3. Part one of two. First-ever episode of the acclaimed crime drama, starring Robbie Coltrane. Psychologist Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald tries to establish if a man suspected of murdering a woman on a train is genuinely suffering from amnesia, but his shambolic behaviour, which has already prompted wife Judith to leave him, fails to endear him to the detectives investigating the crime.

Also starring Christopher Eccleston, Geraldine Somerville, Barbara Flynn and Adrian Dunbar

(Episode 2 follows)





Monday


10pm, Injustice, A criminal barrister struggles at work whilst he recovers from a nervous breakdown.

Psychological thriller series, starring James Purefoy and Dervla Kirwan.




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




11.15pm, Girl Interrupted, More Movies. A would-be writer in the 1960's 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




0:25am, Dark Night of the Scarecrow, Horror Channel. A lynch mob pursues a mentally handicapped man whom they believe to have brutally attacked a girl, only to find out after they have killed him that he was trying to protect her from a vicious dog. A mysterious scarecrow later appears out of nowhere in the town and comes to life to punish those responsible for the crime!

Horror, starring Charles Durning and Robert F Lyons



12:50am, Two and a Half Men: That Special Tug, ITV 2. Alan becomes convinced that Jake doesn't want to spend any time with him, so Charlie dates a psychiatrist in the hope that she might help his brother deal with his insecurities.

Starring Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer and Angus T Jones



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




Tuesday


8pm, Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, Channel 4


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




10.40pm, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Film 4. A women is damaged psychologically after leaving a cult.


Charles Manson cited The Beatles record Helter Skelter as an influence in his notorious killing spree - they were from Liverpool of course. However, the dopey Yank thought that the title somehow referred to `hell' and not to the spiral ride for kids. They don't have them that much at fairgrounds in America!

Just as well the Beatles song wasn't Lovely Rita - at least she was a "meter maid" not a traffic warden.

The Sgt Pepper album producer George Martin played a comb and paper in that song? Decide for yourself, at just 30 seconds in and then 50 seconds too - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se5JLYKQfDU


I first heard that album in 1978 (it was released in 1967) - and for years afterwards thought I potentially might have missed out on a fortune. And if you are old enough, you probably DID miss out on a potential fortune;

(If listening in stereo) when the song starts, the music starts only from one speaker, and then we hear Paul McCartney joining in from the other speaker - right?

A mis-spent youth in the summer of 1979 (with the Rubber Soul album too) meant I played around with my stereo speakers as a boy and discovered that about particular music albums - you could `tune' the vocals out, and just be left with the music.

So you could sing along on that song as if YOU were Paul McCartney (or John Lennon on the other tracks) etc.

So Karaoke - I'd unwittingly and independently `invented' the Karaoke machine - but of course I didn't pursue the idea.

Years later (in about 1988) the idea was imported here from Japan of course (the word Karaoke is Japanese for "empty orchestra"), and the rest is history - but I often wondered if I might have beaten the Japanese to it in point of fact. Actually though they'd beat me to it by a few years;

Karaoke - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

However, if you were around in 1967 when the Sgt Pepper album came out (and Rubber Soul came out even earlier in 1965) then in theory YOU could've invented Karaoke first

Doh!

(Tyre-warmers in Formula 1 is another example. I definitely had THAT idea a couple of years before the actual racing teams did - but again never acted on it)




Wednesday


5pm, House: Ignorance Is Bliss, Sky Atlantic. House and the team take on the case of James Sidas (Esteban Powell), an exceptionally brilliant physicist (IQ 178), in fact the youngest person to ever graduate MIT, who traded his successful career for a job as a courier to be with his intellectually inferior wife (IQ 87).

For the ailing patient, intelligence is a miserable burden that alienates him from others.It is later revealed that a depression as a teenager due to his loneliness as a child prodigy led him to attempt suicide.

The remaining symptoms are explained after the discovery of his addiction to DXM (mixed with alcohol to prevent brain damage), which he used to reduce his intellect. As Sidas regains his status of intellectual genius by not abusing the addictive medicine, he begins work in applied physics, drawing a schematic for a toroidal helicon plasma device, and is reassured that he cannot relate to his wife with his original intellect.

House, relating to his situation, essentially helps "lobotomize Einstein" by giving him back his meds, as the patient wishes to be dumb and happy rather than smart and miserable.




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/




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, Conversations With Other Women, True Entertainment. At a wedding reception, a man in his late thirties approaches a bridesmaid of about the same age. As conversation ensues, they begin to flirt.

Witty small talk about such topics as the wedding party and their own past relationships gradually reveals that they are not strangers, but in fact share an intimate past. A series of flashback scenes showing much younger versions of the two of them together confirms that they have been lovers.

However, their decision to sleep together is one which is clearly complex and fraught with emotional baggage for each of them. As they return to their separate lives, each speculates on the future and the difficulty of being happy.




9pm, Spike Milligan: Love, Light and Peace, BBC 4. Documentary offering a personal portrait of the truly unique and erratic comedian, as told in his own words and featuring exclusive home movie footage. With contributions from those who worked with him, lived with him and were inspired by him

(A compilation show follows)



9pm, Benefits Britain, Channel 5



10, My Crazy Christmas Obsession, Channel 5



Thursday

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



6pm, Star Trek: Voyager: Persistence of Vision, Syfy. Aliens force the crew to confront their buried emotions via stark hallucinations.

Just some background to help you understand the episode;

The Doctor is only a hologram so immune - but at this stage of the series can't leave Sick Bay (in the Captain Braxton one I'll mention later you'll see how The Doctor comes to be able to wander anywhere).

Kes meanwhile is also immune, due to being a very powerful alien both psychologically and physically, but who just looks like a very young woman who can be easily intimidated or overpowered etc - which can be brought about initially, but not when she puts her mind to retaliating and push then comes to shove. At this stage she is dating Neelix (a storyline later abandoned).

i.e. the Earth parallel - Kes appears to be a mere tadpole, but is actually a looming frog really, but who still looks like a tadpole even then - so a bit like The Incredible Hulk.

Kes was replaced by the more glamorous Seven Of Nine later.

(The Star Trek franchise does contain `in' jokes but also plain coincidences. e.g. The Cardassians are not a reference to Kim Kardashian. In this one we meet aliens called The Botha - which was the surname of a South African president in the Apartheid era. The reference seems a mere coincidence though - certainly the black Vulcan Tuvok doesn't suffer more than the rest of them!)




8pm, Star Trek: The Next Generation: Frame of Mind, CBS Action. Riker finds himself cast as an inmate of a mental asylum in one of Dr Crusher's plays. However, he soon finds fantasy and reality blurring into one!

Sci-fi adventure, starring Jonathan Frakes

(In this franchise the gifted black character Geordi La Forge who is blind but has a special silver-coloured visor so that he can see is probably an Earth parallel of Stevie Wonder - who is actually mentioned to him at one stage in the series in that context! He isn't from Newcastle or Sunderland etc though despite his first name - so that bit is a coincidence)


Probably the most famous coincidental name in the whole history of science fiction - Officer Bollix in Lost In Space!

(Or is it The Klingons in Star Trek?)




8pm, The Mrs Bradley Mysteries: Laurels Are Poison, Drama channel. Amateur sleuth and professional psychologist Mrs Bradley visits a seaside resort with chauffeur George to attend his daughter Cecily's wedding, but ends up investigating a grisly ritual slaying. Mrs Bradley suspects Satanists could be responsible, and before long the detective duo find themselves racing against time to prevent Cecily becoming the culprit's next victim.

Starring Diana Rigg, Neil Dudgeon and Rebecca Callard



9pm, Hammer House of Horror: Visitor from the Grave, Horror Channel. Another far-fetched offering. An American woman in Britain (recovering from a nervous breakdown) shoots an intruder with an illegal gun. When told about the tough gun-laws, she tries to cover it up - but has she?



9:30pm, American Dad : Dr. Klaustus, FOX. Simpsons-type cartoon series. In this one, Roger acts as the Smith family therapist under the guise of his alter-ego Dr Penguin, but his services are cut short when he is sent to fight in the Iraq War - leaving Klaus with the opportunity to take over the counselling duties



Friday

1.10pm, Dr Strangelove, Film 4. A deranged American plots WW3 against Russia




The next week;


Saturday

2:20pm, Captain Newman MD, ITV 4. As an American Army psychiatrist stationed on an airbase during the final months of World War the Second World War faces a constant battle with bureaucracy as the army fails to recognise the seriousness of his patients' conditions. Fortunately, he has a resourceful corporal on hand to beg, borrow or steal much-needed resources.

Comedy drama, starring Gregory Peck, Tony Curtis, Bobby Darin and Angie Dickinson
 
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