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Sorry for the delay as it is a bumper 2 week helping here - and I'll see you in January


Saturday 20/12/2014

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, 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



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)




Sunday 21/12/2014


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



9pm, The Holiday, ITV 2. Nancy Meyers's romantic comedy features Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as two recently depressed single women residing either side of the pond, who decide to take part in a house exchange over the holidays. In their new locations, both women unexpectedly encounter prospective partners, in the form of Jude Law and Jack Black, but as the house swap draws to a close, difficult decisions must be made about the blossoming romances.




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 Hoarder Next Door - Christmas Special, More 4




10pm, Drama Matters: Talking to the Dead: Part One, Sky Living. First of a two-part thriller, starring Sophie Rundle and Russell Tovey.

Police officer Fiona Griffiths, who has a deep empathy for the dead, begins her fledgling career in Cardiff's Major Crimes team

On playing Fiona Griffiths, actress Sophie Rundle made some researches on Cotard’s Syndrome in order to portray her [Griffiths] in the series accurately.

The Cotard delusion (also Cotard's Syndrome and Walking Corpse Syndrome) is a rare mental illness, in which the afflicted person holds the delusion that he or she is dead, either figuratively or literally

(Part 2 follows it)




10.30pm, The Ronnie O'Sullivan Show, British Eurosport 1. The snooker play has depression but won the last tournament he was in




10:55pm, Twisted Nerve, Horror Channel. Hywel Bennett stars as Martin Durnley, a troubled young man with a stepfather who despises him and a mother who treats him like a child. After getting into trouble for shoplifting, Martin seeks comfort in his friendship with a female student (Hayley Mills) who has taken pity on him. However, his interest soon turns to obsession, leading to a series of sinister events.

Thriller, with Billie Whitelaw.

(Some years back we had the somewhat confusing situation where Willie and Billie are 2 versions of the same Christian name of course and Willie Whitelaw was a male politician and Billie Whitelaw was the above female actress)




11pm, Cracker, ITV 3.



11:15pm, Me Myself and Irene, Film 4. Off-colour humour abounds in this smash-hit comedy from the Farrelly brothers, starring Jim Carrey as a mild-mannered policeman who has to balance his day-to-day responsibilities with a split personality.

Unfortunately his alter ego is not quite as easy-going - a problem exacerbated when he falls in love.

With Renée Zellweger, Anthony Anderson, Mongo Brownlee and Robert Forster.





Monday 22/12/2014

9:25am, The Speakmans, ITV 1. Behavioural therapists Nik and Eva Speakman have successfully treated individuals around the world suffering from anxiety disorders, including several famous names. Now they embark on a mission to cure people's problems.



4pm, Brain Doctors: Emergency, Really



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



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





Tuesday 23/12/2014


7am, Untamed Love, True Drama. 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




2pm, The Streets of San Francisco: Asylum, CBS Action. 1970's police series

In this one, Steve takes on a challenging role as he goes undercover in a mental hospital to investigate a series of suspicious deaths.

Vintage American crime drama, starring Karl Malden as detective Mike Stone

(Goof - when Steve is on the roof near the end, Mike rushes in downstairs in plain clothes and the staff instantly comply with his orders - but how do they know he is the police? No uniformed officer is with him and he doesn't show his badge nor say that he is)

I've been to hilly San Francisco (and yes many men there do openly hold hands whilst out walking together etc - then again I walked past an alley not knowing that someone had been beheaded and was lying still undiscovered at the other end of it).

They were selling Newcastle Utd shirts in the shops when I visited if it's any compensation - I support Aston Villa so it wasn't any compensation. A nice sporting coincidence though - San Francisco have the 49er's and Newcastle Utd last won something in 1969er's.

Anyway, that very large radio-mast looming in the background when Steve is stumbling around on the roof near the end - it looks like you can just gently stroll to it one afternoon - right?

However, I found that when you try to, you can't see all the valleys between you and it, and so each time you cross a valley thinking it is the last one, there is another to cross, then another one, and another one etc.

I gave up in the end and turned back - so a VERY annoying tower! Coit Tower is a better monument anyway - and I easily reached that one.

(Maybe I'd actually crossed the last valley - I'll never know. Like in Carry On Follow That Camel with the mirages - when they keep seeing see oasis after oasis which are all mirages and they keep getting fooled when walking to them - and so when they see a REAL oasis they just ignore it!)

And an extra point if you knew that Newcastle Utd won effectively what is now called the Europa Cup in 1969 - and have won nothing since? - Inter-Cities Fairs Cup - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I'd mention them winning the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2006 - if I knew what it was!




8pm, Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, Channel 4



9pm, Bridget Jones's Diary, ITV 2



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




11:25pm, Only Yesterday: The Carpenters' Story, BBC Four. An insight into the lives of the phenomenal Seventies pop duo the Carpenters, whose wholesome brother and sister image hid a destructive secret of her anorexia. Behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with friends, family and surviving band member Richard trace the story that ended in the untimely death of Karen Carpenter in 1983.




11:45pm, American Dad! : The Full Cognitive Redaction of Avery Bullock by the Coward Stan Smith, BBC Three. Stan is shocked when Agent Crisp from CIA Internal Affairs informs him that Deputy Director Bullock has begun to show early signs of dementia and must have his memory erased. Animated comedy about a man who works for the CIA and is constantly on the alert for terrorist activity

The title alludes to a recent movie about Jessie James - who was at large for about 17 years - the early party of which was as a paramilitary in the American Civil War on the Confederate side. When the war ended he started robbing banks in the northern states instead, so the defeated southerners tended to support him and give him sanctuary as he fled back and forth - hence the long spree and him still being revered in certain US quarters.

His fate and the travails of Billy The Kid still frame some aspects of US gun-laws today as regards the option of backing off in a looming gunfight either today or in the Wild West - Stand-your-ground law - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

(In civvy street most sensible people on seeing or discovering someone coming with a gun would simply back off before they arrived or saw you if that was an option even if armed yourself - but in most US states it seems you are perfectly within your rights to merely wait there and "Stand Your Ground" with them in the inevitable gun-fight confrontation and still claim self-defence. As was the law in the Wild West I believe. In fact it seems you are allowed to wait for them to come along and then open fire even if you only suspect that the other person is armed!)





11:50pm, The Sixth Sense, Film 4. A child psychologist, disheartened after the suicide of a former patient, takes on the case of a terrified boy haunted by ghostly apparitions.

Director M Night Shyamalan's Oscar-nominated supernatural chiller stars Bruce Willis as the psychologist and features an impressive debut from Haley Joel Osment, who also received a nod from the Academy - as did Toni Collette, who stars as the youngster's worried mother. Shyamalan's penchant for unexpected twists has been criticised in recent years, but the uninitiated will be genuinely astounded by the outcome here.

With Olivia Williams and Donnie Wahlberg




Wednesday - Christmas Eve

4:30pm, Two and a Half Men: Round One to the Hot Crazy Chick, Comedy Central Extra. Part one of two. Charlie falls for bipolar woman Frankie (guest star Jenna Elfman) whom he sees smashing up her psychiatrist's car. Despite a worried Alan's protests, Frankie comes home with the pair - leading to a battle for her affections between the brothers



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




6:55pm, Just Henry, ITV Encore. Drama set in post-Second World War Britain, based on the novel by Michelle Magorian. Henry's life has not been easy. Having lost his father in the war and seen his mother remarry soon after, the youngster has become troubled, suffering nightmares and taking no interest in his education.

But when his father's posthumous medal for bravery arrives in the post, he decides to go searching for answers about his death, leading to a series of surprises.

Josh Bolt leads the cast, which includes Dean Andrews, Elaine Cassidy, Stephen Campbell Moore, Barbara Flynn, Sheila Hancock, John Henshaw and Pooky Quesnel




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?)



8pm, Crazy Christmas Compulsives, 5*



9pm, You Better Watch Out (aka Christmas Evil), Horror Channel. A boy suffers a traumatic experience at Christmas that 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 he judges to have been naughty.

Horror, starring Brandon Maggart and Jeffrey De Munn

(Being shown on the right day this time)




9pm, Criminal Minds - The Inspired, Sky Living. The agents hold a delusional man in custody for the multiple murders of women who have cheated on their partners, but the discovery of the suspect's doppelganger forces a major re-evaluation of their investigation.

Guest starring Camryn Manheim and Fred Koehler

(Other listings have that one being shown at 11pm on Saturday 27th December on that channel)





12:40am, Final Analysis, BBC One. Suave psychiatrist Richard Gere embarks on a passionate affair with the sister of one of his patients. However, he discovers too late that her husband is a psychopathic gangster - and murder isn't too far away.

Slick Hitchcock-type thriller with a hefty number of eyebrow-raising twists (the light-house scene near the end), but which fails to keep viewers hooked for the duration.

Kim Basinger, Uma Thurman and Eric Roberts also star

(And the black detective dressed in that zoot-suit throughout this film isn't the Cat from Red Dwarf in case you are confused. That was the fashion at the time - even I had one)




Thursday - Christmas Day

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



8pm, 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



9pm, Girl Interrupted, Sony Movie Channel. 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




11pm, Marvellous, BBC Two. Toby Jones takes the lead role in this feature-length fact-based comedy drama from writer Peter Bowker (Occupation, Eric and Ernie), inspired by the life of Neil Baldwin. Although he was diagnosed as having learning difficulties, Neil has constantly confounded people's expectations during a colourful career that has seen him work as a circus clown and a kit man for Stoke City, and recently led to him being awarded an honorary degree by Keele University in recognition of his contributions to campus life. Just as Neil doesn't like to be labelled, the drama also mixes biopic, musical and fantasy elements to tell this unique story.

Gemma Jones, Tony Curran and Nicholas Gleaves also star, while Gary Lineker appears as himself




Friday - Boxing Day

10am, Understanding: Amazing Brain, Discovery Channel



2:35pm, The Caine Mutiny, 5 USA. Navy officers rebel against their ship's erratic captain during a violent storm at sea, only to face a court-martial back on dry land. However, it seems the crew's actions may have been justified when evidence questioning the mental stability of their superior is presented.

Dour wartime drama based on Herman Wouk's novel, starring an Oscar-nominated Humphrey Bogart alongside José Ferrer, Fred MacMurray and Van Johnson



9pm, A Time to Remember, True Drama. An embittered woman returns to the family home for Thanksgiving, where she tries to heal the fractured relationship between herself and her estranged mother. Events take a dramatic turn, however, when a secret about her mother comes to light.

Drama, starring Dana Delany, Doris Roberts, Megan Gallagher and Louise Fletcher



11pm, DIY SOS - The Big Build: Dartford, Home. Nick Knowles and the team come to the aid of a Dartford woman who called a halt to renovation work on her post-war pre-fab home when her son was diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder. The DIY expert enlists guest designer Oliver Heath and more than 100 local traders to add an extension, reconfigure the property's layout and transform the garden in a bid to help the pair move on with their lives




The next week;


Saturday 27/12/2014

4pm, Scrubs: My Room-Mates, Viva. Dr Cox is visited by a former school friend, whose son he begins to suspect is autistic.

Medical comedy/drama series, starring Zach Braff




0.00am, Clockwise, Channel 4. John Cleese plays a headmaster obsessed with punctuality who catches the wrong train en route to a convention where he's due to make a speech, turning the entire journey into a traumatic race against time.

Slapstick comedy, which will provide plenty of laughs provided viewers can bear the increasingly exasperating storyline.

Alison Steadman, Stephen Moore, Penelope Wilton and Joan Hickson also star

(He is forced to commandeer a post-16 student played by a young Alison Steadman in her car instead. The driving age is 17 of course so that is conceivable)




2am, The Secret Life of Marquis of Sade, Yesterday. A look at the lesser-known side of the Marquis de Sade, a revolutionary philosopher who was also a se-xual deviant and spent most of his adult life in jail or an asylum




Sunday 28/12/2014

10am, Crimes That Shook Britain: Jeremy Bamber, CI. Investigation into Jeremy Bamber's brutal murder of his family in Essex in 1985. Sentenced for life, he still maintains that he is innocent. Is the right person behind bars?

He tried to fool the police that his mentally ill sister had run amok with a licensed small rifle at the family farm in Essex, and then turned the gun on herself - when he had done it really - and was believed for a time.

If you study the case you'll see how it certainly seems that his story was false;

He'd have had to have rung the farm-house from a nearby call-box just as the rampage was occurring, and for his father to have picked up the ringing phone whilst being chased or sheltering from his armed daughter etc - but making no attempt at any stage to ring OUT 999 himself from that clearly still connected phone.

(Bamber's story was that on some pre-text he'd rung the house from a nearby call-box only for his father to answer and mention the ongoing rampage down the phone and for Bamber to call the police - which he then did)

No-one had managed to flee outside the farm-house to be shot there, strongly suggesting that this was someone who was quick and accurate with the rifle - when his sister had never used it before

(If the rifle was unloaded whenever stored she'd have had to have known how to load it too - but a schizophrenic hearing voices telling them to kill etc would bother with that fiddly process when the far simpler option of kitchen-knives and axes etc were immediately handy? The cartridges would have to be loaded one by one first as they filled the breach. It is military rifles which have a multiple-load facility)

Also it became clear that the stoutly-built father had put up a fierce wrestling type fight with whoever was holding the rifle before being shot - so it was someone capable over-powering him. But his daughter - Bamber's sister - was a rather small woman, whilst Bamber himself was somewhat bigger than her and a man obviously.

Ok maybe she kneed her father to get the better of him that way, or maybe she got lucky (she wasn't a Judo club member etc though) - but again wouldn't she knee him as soon as he resisted and not fiercely wrestle him for a bit first? There's too much risk of being overpowered herself in that initial struggle - we are talking about a supposedly rampaging woman remember - so wouldn't the father have been bitten and scratched etc in that struggle?

The evidence of Bamber's innocence seems merely to stem from the result of police initially believing that it was his sister. e.g. the police didn't immediately storm the farm-house on arrival because they believed that an armed woman really was still inside, not dead by Bamber some time earlier.

(There's the further issue that suicide by gun by women in Britain is extremely rare. So much so that Coroner's always suspect a set-up whenever it occurs. e.g. The one at Deepcut Barracks has just been re-opened again even though the original verdict might well be right in that case - it shows though how the idea of women shooting themselves always looks suspicious to Coroner's)




12.25pm, Imagine That, Channel 4. Comedy in which a high-flying executive suffers a loss of confidence. To get himself back in the game, he has to learn some life lessons in his daughter's imaginary world.

Stars Eddie Murphy and Vanessa A. Williams.




9pm, Bourne Identity, ITV 2. The amnesia-themed thriller



9pm, Autopsy: The Last Hours Of: Karen Carpenter, 5*. Dr Richard Shepherd investigates 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. Armed with the post-mortem report, Dr Shepherd goes back over the last few weeks of her life to try to unravel what happened, and uncovers stories of emetics, bulimia, heart problems, sedatives, massive weight loss, force-feeding and stays in hospital. With contributions by close friends, a psychologist and others who knew her



11:50pm, 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 recently check into a mental facility




Monday 29/12/2014

10.50am, Megamind, BBC 1. When the supervillain Megamind is finally able to defeat the hero Metro Man, he finds his life pointless without a battle to plan!

Animation comedy, with Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill providing the voice cast.



10pm, Derek - The Special, Channel 4.



11pm, Joan of Arc, True Drama. The young Frenchwoman who suffered visions

(Part 2 is the next day)




Tuesday 30/12/2014

1:40pm, The Incredible Hulk: Ricky, Horror Channel. David Banner befriends a mentally disabled man at a New Mexico car-racing track.

Fantasy adventure, starring Bill Bixby

(If you haven't seen this before - everything is explained in the opening titles. The main difference with the Marvel comics version is in those he his The Hulk most of the time and in this series he is Human most of the time)

Whenever you hear people say - "Don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry" - this TV series is where that saying comes from, in the opening titles from when it was said in The Pilot episode.

At the specific request of female viewers, on transforming, Banner ripped his clothes more in later episodes than in earlier ones when becoming The Hulk (Bill Bixby and body-builder Lou Ferrigno shared the overall roles) - especially his trousers so that you could see further up his legs!

There's a fudge in this version about whether The Hulk still thinks like Banner or just rampages about - so e.g. we see in an episode how Banner gets mugged and is knocked to the ground etc. He becomes The Hulk and then defeats the muggers. But is that just The Hulk rampaging at the still present muggers who then try to attack him too, or Banner getting back them?

The given narrative in this version in this - The Hulk on existing just rampages at whoever is present and then attacks him, whether Banner has just been attacked by them is irrelevant, Banner's memories aren't kept. Whatever help The Hulk gives to the wider situation is mere coincidence - but The Hulk will directly assist any woman, child, disabled person, or animal which is visibly in difficulty.

(In one episode though Banner is tied up and a woman is carted off out of sight to be killed later. He transforms to The Hulk, break the ropes, and sets off after the kidnapper who is long out of sight - so that is CLEARLY a case of The Hulk retaining Banner's memories)




5pm, Silence of Adultery, True Drama. A therapist embarks on an affair with the father of a patient at her unconventional new centre for autistic children, further jeopardising her already shaky marriage.

Romantic drama, starring Kate Jackson, Robert Desiderio and Art Hindle




6pm, Law & Order: Avatar, Universal Channel. Callers to the emergency services report seeing a photograph of a murdered woman on the Internet, and when Green and Cassady investigate, they realise her clothes do not fit properly. They trace her unusual attire to a mentally disturbed man, who protests that the victim's daughter asked him to kill her mother.

Crime drama, starring Jesse L Martin and Milena Govich




6:50pm, A Touch of Frost: Appropriate Adults - Part One, ITV 3. Part one of two. Jack tackles what promises to be the most sensitive and unenviable investigation of his career - deciding whether a man with Down's syndrome is capable of committing murder.

David Jason stars, with Bruce Alexander and Matthew Marsh.



12:45am, Spellbound, BBC Two. A doctor suspects that the new director of the psychiatric hospital where she works is an imposter, and that he is in reality a chronic amnesiac with a tendency to kill. But instead of informing on him to the police, she makes the dangerous decision to try to unearth the truth about his past.

Alfred Hitchcock's psychological thriller, with Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman, Leo G Carroll, Michael Chekhov and Rhonda Fleming



1am, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, BBC 1. "Rules the world" - ends the proverb I believe. Rebecca De Mornay gives an undeniably creepy but slightly over-the-top performance as an unbalanced widow who's desperate to exact revenge for the deaths of her doctor husband and unborn baby. She decides to destroy the woman she blames for the double tragedy by going to work as a nanny in her home - and soon brings terror and turmoil to her unknowing victim's life, driving her to the brink of a breakdown.

Acclaimed and very effective psychological thriller, with Annabella Sciorra, Julianne Moore, Matt McCoy and Ernie Hudson.



1:10am, 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 sadomasochistic 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



Wednesday 31/12/2014 - New Year's Eve

7pm, NCIS: Psych Out, FOX. A Navy reservist is found hanging in his home, and when Gibbs and the team examine the situation further, they discover he was working on a highly classified case for the Defence Department. The circumstances surrounding the man's death leads the investigators to suspect someone was using subterfuge to drive him insane, bringing them into contact with case brings them into contact with Samantha Ryan, the director of the ambiguous PsyOps division.

Guest starring Jamie Lee Curtis



10pm, Tommy Cooper - Not Like That, Like This. ITV 1. Biopic of the troubled comic

Tommy Cooper to The Queen in the 1960's - "Can I ask you a personal question ma'am?"

The Queen - "As personal as I'll allow - yes"
Tommy Cooper - "Do you like football?"
The Queen - "Not really - no."
Tommy Cooper - "In that case, can I have your tickets for next year's Cup Final?"



New Year's Day

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




1:40pm, The Incredible Hulk: Married : Part One, Horror Channel. David 'Benton' (David Banner uses a false name in the series) travels to Hawaii to meet Dr Carolyn Fields (Mariette Hartley), a psychologist whose technique might help control the Hulk. However, Dr Fields is in the terminal stages of a disease that the Hulk could help cure. With the pair working in close proximity, love begins to bloom, with tragic results.

Mariette Hartley won an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Carolyn.

(Part 2 is the following day)



6pm, 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



9pm, Bridget Jones - Edge Of Reason, ITV 2


10:45pm, Call Me Crazy: A Five Film, Lifetime. Anthology of interconnected stories about people coping with mental illnesses. A schizophrenic law student is committed to an institution, a teenager helps her mother live with bipolar disorder, a comedian's wife tries to understand his depression, a woman returning home from hospital disrupts a family gathering, and a war veteran develops post-traumatic stress disorder.

Drama, starring Jennifer Hudson, Brittany Snow and Sarah Hyland



0.05am, Frenzy, BBC 2. London is terrorised by a serial killer who strangles women with his tie. When two of the victims are found to be the ex-wife and girlfriend of the same man, the police incorrectly suspect him of the crime. Aided by his friends, he goes on the run from the law in an attempt to prove his innocence.

Alfred Hitchcock's thriller, starring Jon Finch and Barry Foster




Friday 2/1/2015

2.20pm, Fantastic Voyage, Channel 5. Movie (1966). A medical team is miniaturised and injected into a scientist's bloodstream so that they can repair damage to his brain.

Sci-fi adventure, starring Raquel Welch and Donald Pleasence

A very famous film, which added to the stardom of Raquel Welch. So they are shrunk to microscopic size in a small submarine and then injected into the bloodstream - where his immune system then becomes a hazard to them on their journey.



9pm, Forrest Gump, Channel 5



10pm, A Is For Acid, ITV 3. A serial killer who claimed insanity
 
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Thanks for the info.
Have a good Christmas, Gobrien. You always post TV and News updates without fail, and it's much appreciated.
 
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Another thanks from me gobrien for this years posts :)

I hope you have peaceful and enjoyable break at this time of year :)
 
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