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Mental health TV - Sat 7/2/2015 - Fri 13/2/2015



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Time To Talk Day was on Talk Sport radio, several sportsmen and women were open to talk about their experiences of mental illness with Stan Collymore. One of those was the former Commonwealth, European and British light-middleweight boxing champion Herol ‘Bomber’ Graham - Kick Off: Life After Sport - a mental health special | talkSPORT

Inside the Unit - Treating Disorder was on Radio 4. Writer Carole Hayman spends time locked in a secure unit for men detained under the Mental Health Act. She's in the company of avuncular Irish psychiatrist Dr. Ray Travers, whose job it is to see if the convicted patients under his care can be reintegrated into the community.

But it's not just the day-to-day workings of the unit she explores, Carole also tries to get under the skin of the man in charge. What drives him and how does he maintain his own mental wellbeing? How does he reconcile what he is aiming to achieve for his patients with what they did to their victims.

28 minutes - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b050674w


5pm, If You Believe in Christmas, True Drama. Reworking of a Christmas Carol - a miserly female magazine editor has lost her spirit of goodwill, and is estranged from her family. However one Christmas she receives a visit from a mysterious little girl who claims to be the child she once was!

(The little girl version of herself constantly follows the editor about pestering her and no-one else can see or hear her - leading others to think that the editor has schizophrenia etc whenever spotted responding to her)

Drama, starring Ally Walker, Tom Amandes and Hayden Panettiere

7pm, Hoarding: Buried Alive, TLC

7pm, The Ringer, Sony Entertainment Television. 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

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

11pm, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin - , Yesterday. Classic Seventies comedy, starring Leonard Rossiter as the executive stuck in a middle-aged crisis rut and eager to change the world

(The next one is on Sunday and then the next weekend etc)

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)


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

2.20pm, The Aviator, Drama. Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning biopic, focusing on the early years of movie producer and aviation pioneer and OCD sufferer Howard Hughes (Leonardo Di Caprio). A millionaire while still in his 20s, the inventor became a Hollywood mogul with his ambitious World War One epic Hell's Angels. However, a passion for flight would dominate his life, as he embarks on increasingly ambitious aviation projects - earning powerful enemies in the process.

The star-studded supporting cast includes Kate Beckinsale, John C Reilly, Ian Holm, Jude Law and Cate Blanchett, who scooped an Academy Award for her performance as screen legend Katharine Hepburn

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.

Samuel Shaw (wrestler) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

11:05pm, Fitzcarraldo, Film 4. Werner Herzog's acclaimed fact-based drama chronicling the story of 19th-century Irishman Brian Fitzgerald, who set out on a journey into the South American jungle where he planned to build an opera house! An ambitious scheme which required hauling a 300-ton steam ship over a mountain.

Herzog's stunning portrait of obsession is arguably his finest work. Starring Klaus Kinski and Claudia Cardinale.

Based on him - Carlos Fitzcarrald - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

11:55pm, CSI: NY: Super Men, 5 USA. A man dressed in a Superman costume is found dead in an alley, and Mac, Stella and Dr Hawkes are taken aback to discover his everyday clothes in a nearby phone booth. Hawkes later tells Mac and Stella that he's found evidence of both anti-psychotics and anti-depressants in Superman's blood stream.

Meanwhile, Danny and Lindsay investigate the murder of a promising NFL footballer.

Crime drama, starring Gary Sinise, Melina Kanakaredes, Carmine Giovinazzo and Eddie Cahill


9pm, Painful Secrets. True Movies 1. 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

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

9pm, Deadline, Horror Channel. A writer retreats to a remote Victorian house after suffering a psychological breakdown. Determined to finish work on a screenplay, she soon finds her concentration broken by strange noises inside the home - but when she plucks up the courage to investigate, she discovers a secret that threatens to change her life for ever.

Horror, with Brittany Murphy, Thora Birch, Mark Blucas and Tammy Blanchard

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

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, Wire in the Blood: The Mermaids Singing : Part One, 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. In the first tale, Tony is recruited by DI Carol Jordan to help track down a serial killer preying on men in the northern town of Bradfield, but his methods fail to win much support among the other officers on the case : and to make matters worse, he soon realises he's the killer's next target.

With Hermione Norris, Philip Whitchurch, Alan Stocks, Mark Letheren and Tom Chadbon

(Part 2 is the next day)


One included for a chuckle;

1.10pm, Raiders From Beneath the Sea. Film 4. (1964 movie). The manager of an apartment complex struggles to make ends meet, and so comes up with an audacious scheme - he intends to rob a bank on the Californian island resort of Santa Catalina, and then avoid capture by making his escape underwater wearing scuba-diving gear!

Crime drama, starring Ken Scott and Merry Anders

What could possibly go wrong? Well apart from the police only needing to walk to keep up with him, and the money getting all wet that is.

(Is he armed with a harpoon not a gun? He certainly has a flippering cheek doing that anyway)

His submarine is an old German one, designated U-idiot

Imagine the police identity parade once they caught him - it'd be him, Jacques Cousteau, and Ursula Andress

He'd be charged at the police station, depth-charged

I've heard of a "rubber cheque" - but dressed in rubber and stealing cheques?

6:50pm, The Madness of King George, Film 4. Acclaimed drama, based on Alan Bennett's successful stage play The Madness of George III. Nigel Hawthorne won a well-deserved Bafta for his superb performance as the 18th-century monarch whose unbalanced behaviour almost cost him his power and position.

Helen Mirren stars as his loyal wife, Rupert Everett as the scheming prince of Wales and Amanda Donohoe as the subject of the king's desires

8pm, Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, Channel 4

9pm, David Wilson's Psychopaths, Channel 5. Self-harmer Joanna Dennehy


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, Star Trek: Voyager: Blood Fever, Syfy. One of the silly episodes they made for comic relief in the series. The onset of the Vulcan mating season (the notorious `Ponn Farr') throws an expedition into turmoil when a male Vulcan crew member's advances towards her trigger (the Klingon) Torres' involuntary and violent mating instincts!

And of course the Humans all look on in some bemused but superior way - despite their Internet and Satellite TV technology largely being pioneered by images of the Human mating ritual!

(Voyager is a small spaceship stranded on the far side of the galaxy, and so rituals and customs etc requiring several members of a particular Race can be a problem - some Races have only one crew member on board, or only one male or female from that Race etc. e.g. there are no female Vulcans and Torres is the only Klingon of either gender)

Poor canon - in the TNG franchise we hear how the Klingon mating ritual is SO violent that - "Any mere Human man would be killed by the violent Klingon woman during it" - (a Human male is typically a little smaller than a Klingon female whilst a male Klingon towers over both).

However in this Voyager franchise we see that Torres has a Human father (and a Klingon mother) - and daddy is still very much alive and isn't in a wheelchair etc!

Maybe he had a padded bedroom.

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, 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

11pm, 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

12:55am, Greenberg, Channel 4. Angst romcom

1:30am, Anger Management - Season 1, Episode 1: Charlie Goes Back to Therapy, Comedy Central Extra. Comedy series based on the 2003 film, starring Charlie Sheen. After nearly getting into a fight with his ex-wife's new boyfriend, professional therapist Charlie Goodson decides that he needs therapy himself.

With Selma Blair and Shawnee Smith

(Subsequent episodes are on subsequent days)


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

4:30pm, Monkey Life, Pick. The world's oldest woolly monkey Xuzie is diagnosed with depression

7pm, Murder She Wrote: Reflections of the Mind, ITV 3. Jessica receives a plea for help from an old friend who fears she may be going out of her mind, convinced she is being haunted by the ghost of her first husband. When the woman's current beau turns up dead, the sleuth goes on a mission to prove her innocence.

Whodunit, starring Angela Lansbury

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, My Violent Child, 5*

11.10pm, The Lying Game: The Crimes That Fooled Britain, ITV 1. `Experts in psychology' (i.e. those with only a 50% correctly asserted average in the Colin Stagg, Ian Huntley, Milly Dowler, Madeline McCann, Joanne Lees, Chris Jeffries Mick Philpott, Shannon Matthews and Jill Dando cases compared with their 100% correct record gained in hindsight) aim to show how `lies can be exposed through science' and examining criminal cases in which the perpetrators and innocent appeared in front of the TV cameras with (fake) displays of grief


9am, 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

7pm, Blue Bloods: Nightmares, Sky Atlantic. It's Halloween in New York, and when a knife-wielding attacker dressed as Baron Samedi - the Spirit of Death in voodoo - stabs a man dressed as a priest, Danny's investigation leads him into the world of voodoo.

Elsewhere, Jamie becomes involved in the welfare of a volatile psychiatric patient

(Baron Samedi - portrayed as the `invincible' character in the 007 voodoo-themed film Live And Let Die - remember him? We think those snakes in that coffin get him but then he's sitting on the front of the train laughing as the end credits roll - someone in that type of outfit)

9pm, Black Swan. More 4. A repressed ballet dancer leads a sheltered life, devoted entirely to her art. She pursues the lead role in a production of Swan Lake, but the director convinces her she will only be capable of dancing the part if she embraces her darker impulses. This leads her into a destructive relationship with a rival that threatens her sanity.

Drama, starring an Oscar-winning Natalie Portman. With Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel and Winona Ryder

9pm, Odd Girl Out, True Movies 1. A high-school student seems to have it all. But a jealous rival begins spinning a web of lies which causes her friends to turn against her - and sparks an increasingly vicious cycle of bullying. As the troubled youngster sinks into depression, her mother vows to do whatever it takes to put things right - and restore her daughter's self-confidence.

Thoughtful teen drama, starring Alexa Vega, Lisa Vidal, Leah Pipes and Alicia Morton

11:10pm, Basic Instinct, Film 4. A hard-drinking San Francisco cop investigates the case of a man murdered with an ice-pick, but his normally well-honed intuition starts letting him down as he falls for the sultry and manipulative chief suspect, the victim's former girlfriend.

Jeanne Tripplehorn plays police psychiatrist Dr Beth Garner who is in a turbulent relationship with detective Nick Curran (Michael Douglas)

(Totally far-fetched) thriller from director Paul Verhoeven, starring Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, George Dzundza and Jeanne Tripplehorn

1:45am, Secretary, Film 4. A shy and lonely woman who often indulges in self-harm is released from a mental hospital and returns to her Florida home town, where she takes a job as a secretary. However, she soon embarks on a sad-omasochistic relationship with her domineering boss that has a dramatic effect on both their lives.

Steven Shainberg's original and touching drama, which sidesteps seediness through a dignified, sympathetic performance from the excellent Maggie Gyllenhaal. Also starring James Spader, Lesley Ann Warren and Stephen McHattie

The next week;


6:30am, A Double Life, BBC Two. A dedicated actor becomes totally immersed in the characters he portrays, a tendency that drives his wife away. When he plays Othello, his unhealthy obsession leads him to develop a deranged jealousy of his own, resulting in real-life tragedy.

Theatrical drama, starring an Oscar-winning Ronald Colman, with Signe Hasso, Edmond O'Brien and a breakthrough performance from Shelley Winters

0:20am, Psychoville - Season 1 Episode 1: Black Mail, 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

12:30am, Telstar: the Joe Meek Story, BBC Two. Biopic of the influential Sixties record producer and songwriter who became a success with a string of number one hits including the biggest selling single of all time, but who would ultimately be brought down by depression and paranoia, as his volatile personality drove away those closest to him.

With Con O'Neill, Kevin Spacey and Pam Ferris

Sunday night

12:30am, Deals from the Dark Side: Cat 'O' Nine Tails, Watch. Steve is approached by a domi-natrix who wants to sell several artefacts which she has acquired from a mental hospital!


9pm, Under the Piano, True Entertainment. An autistic woman with an amazing musical talent joins forces with her sister in an effort to assert herself in the face of their domineering mother's objections.

Gritty drama, starring Amanda Plummer, Megan Fellows and Teresa Stratas