Mental health TV this upcoming week

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Weekdays

9am, Monk, FOX. Private investigator Adrian Monk, whose obsessive-compulsive disorder and Asperger's enables him to focus on minor details and solve even the most baffling of crime cases

Detective drama series set in San Francisco, starring Tony Shalhoub




Weekdays

7pm, Reed Between the Lines, BET: Black Entertainment TV. Tracee Ellis Ross is Dr Carla Reed - a highly successful psychologist who works hard to balance her family and career




Weekdays

5am, The Devil's Dinner Party, Challenge. Psychological game show in which six strangers attend a dinner party hosted by a mysterious figure known only as The Broker. As the night progresses, they must reveal secrets about themselves and make snap judgements about each other etc to remain at the table - with the last person left winning a cash prize







Saturday

7pm, Hoarding: Buried Alive, TLC



6pm, Brain Games, National Geographic Channel



8pm, Lewis: Down Among the Fearful - Part One, ITV 3. When psychologist Reuben Beatty is murdered while moonlighting as a psychic, Lewis and Hathaway struggle to unravel the victim's baffling double life. Dark forces appear to be at work, and not just in the afterlife.

Sanjeev Bhaskar guest stars in the first of a two-part episode, with Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman and Rebecca Front

(I can't see a listing for Episode 2)




9pm, Side Effects, Channel 4. When prescribed a new experimental drug by her psychiatrist, Emily's life unravels as a result of the side effects.

Thriller starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta Jones.






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




10:40pm, Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin - Episode 1, BBC 2. The first episode of the classic 1970's comedy, starring Leonard Rossiter as a middle-aged executive stuck in a rut living a mid-life crisis and eager to learn the real meaning of life.

Pauline Yates co-stars as his put-upon wife Elizabeth, with John Barron as manic boss CJ

(A one-off episode)





11pm, Outrageous Acts Of Psych double-bill, Discovery Science. Uses hidden cameras to show whether people will pay for a VIP experience at a bus stop or a laundromat, or whether men or women are more likely to take a food sample from a person wearing a hazardous materials suit etc etc.

Throughout the show, psychologists and human behaviour experts offer insights into why we do the things we do.




0.00am, 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.




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




2am, Grey's Anatomy: Somebody That I Used to Know, Sky Living. Bailey struggles to control her OCD tendencies - and things worsen when a conversation between Ben and Derek has major consequences for her career.




3:40am, 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)





(Driving Me Crazy at 3.50am on DMAX is just about people being taught to drive and not being very good at it)




Sunday


7am, The Rival, Movies 24. A couple unable to have children recruit a surrogate mother, who they invite to live with them for the duration of the pregnancy. However, the wife is driven into a fit of paranoid jealousy by her malicious aunt, and embarks on a killing spree!

Thriller, starring Tracy Nelson and Heather Tom




11am, The Mentalist, FOX. American drama series based on the work of Patrick Jane, an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation. Once a fraudulent celebrity psychic, he uses his skills of observation and understanding of human behaviour to help the CBI to solve its most serious crimes.

(Subsequent episodes are on subsequent days)




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




11pm, Odd Girl Out, True Entertainment. A female 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




Monday


8:35am, Kojak: In Full Command, ITV 4. An impressive performance by Danny Thomas as Howard Brocure, a hard-nosed, by-the-book police inspector who commandeers Kojak's investigation of an upsurge in mob violence. As the case progresses, Brocure turns out to be more hindrance than help, but Kojak (Telly Savalas) is duty-bound to give the veteran inspector a wide berth. As it turns out though, Brocure is going through a breakdown as a result of being passed over for promotion




6.25pm, We Bought a Zoo, Film 4. A father-of-two struggling to cope with the death of his wife is in need of a fresh start, so he buys a house with a dilapidated zoo on the grounds. With the help of the keepers, he works to restore the attraction to its former glory, while also trying to reconnect with his troubled teenage son.

Fact-based comedy drama, starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and Thomas Haden Church




(Cabin Fever on Nat Geo at 8pm is just about building them in forests etc)




9pm, Side Effects, 4 Seven channel. When prescribed a new experimental drug by her psychiatrist, Emily's life unravels as a result of the side effects.

Thriller starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta Jones.




1am, Stalker, Sky Living. Cocky 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

(Subsequent episodes are on subsequent days)




Tuesday


8pm, Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, Channel 4



10:35pm, Me & My New Brain, BBC 1. Charlie Elmore suffered a brain injury in a snowboarding accident four years ago. Now she retraces the steps of her recovery, and meets other young people adjusting to life after similar problems. They include 19-year old car-crash survivor Callum, avid skier Tai and fashion buyer Hannah, who collapsed while shopping and hit her head on the pavement. With their help, Charlie embarks on a journey to improve understanding of this 'invisible' disability





1am, Hell Date, BET: Black Entertainment TV channel. Hidden camera show. A black American couple date, but one is secretly an actor/actress who pretends to have some sort of issue - often mental.

Unfortunately listings are vague about which episode will be shown - but here are some of them;

The woman's case of low self esteem spirals out of control
The man lost his puppy not too long ago and is an emotional wreck
The male ringer has a different view on life and how people should act, especially women through his psychology
Runaway Nut Job (er, right)
Rain Man
Roid Rage
Silent Stalker
A male cleanliness freak with OCD goes overboard
Bipolar Sistah - outrageous mood swings by the woman, who begins smashing things!

(Successive episodes are on successive days)





Wednesday

6am, True Lives - In My Book, Community Channel. Documentary following film makers working with 10 actors with learning disabilities to make a short drama based on their personal experiences




11am, Love Happens, Film 4. When widower Burke writes a book about coping with loss, he finds himself labelled as a 'self-help guru'. A chance meeting with a florist makes him realise his true feelings surrounding the death of his wife.

Romantic drama starring Aaron Eckhart and Jennifer Aniston.




2:05pm, Crimes of the Mind, 5 USA. Carolyn Raeburn signs her 16-year-old daughter Laura up for a few weeks of horse-riding lessons at a remote ranch, but the teenager ends up being brainwashed by a woman who grooms her to take the place of her own murdered child. Carolyn spends the next five years of her life and more than half a million dollars fighting to get her Laura back!

Fact-based thriller, starring Christina Cox and Paula Trickey




5pm, Unabomber: The True Story, True Movies 1. Fact-based drama following the life of Harvard University maths graduate Ted Kaczynski, one of America's most prolific terrorists, notorious for a campaign of bombings between 1978 and 1995, and who threatened further violence unless his political manifesto was published. However, his own brother would prove instrumental in bringing the bomber to justice.

A court-appointed psychiatrist diagnosed Kaczynski as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia

Starring Robert Hays, Dean Stockwell and Tobin Bell

(See Criminal Minds - Derailed on Friday below)




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




7pm, Charlie St. Cloud, Film 4. A man who survived the car crash that killed his brother becomes consumed with guilt. Taking a job in a cemetery, he begins seeing visions of his dead sibling and spends every night in the graveyard with him. When an old friend returns, she hopes to persuade him to let go of the past.

Drama, starring Zac Efron, Charlie Tahan and Amanda Crew




9pm, Necessary Roughness, Universal Channel. Callie Thorne stars as a Long Island divorcee who becomes the therapist for a professional American Football team.

Marc Blucas, Scott Cohen and Mehcad Brooks also star.




10pm, Tightrope, ITV 4. A seedy New Orleans detective investigates a series of sexually motivated murders - and gains an unwelcome insight into his own darker impulses in the process. A psychologist assisting the case becomes attracted yet disturbed by the cop, while the killer takes an interest in his pursuer and begins targeting those closest to him.

Thriller, starring Clint Eastwood, Geneviève Bujold and Dan Hedaya

(I think this is the one where he chases the killer on foot at the end for so long that you'd think he was Paula Radcliffe)




11:30pm, Dag, Sky Arts. Norwegian comedy series about a marriage counsellor who thinks that people should live in solitude! He hates spending time with other people, except with his friend Benedict, who is struggling to be faithful in his own relationship. Dag's life changes though when his well-meaning sister, Marianne, forces him to go on his nineteenth blind-date with her old childhood friend, Eva.

(Successive episodes are on successive days)




11:15pm, Nurse Jackie: Sweet 'n All, CBS Drama. The medic's daughter displays unusual behaviour, causing her parents to worry that she might be suffering from an anxiety disorder, and Jackie's drug-laced coffee is accidentally drunk by hospital administrator Gloria.

Starring Edie Falco and Ruby Jerins




2:25am, Nine Months, Channel 4. Hugh Grant is on typical bumbling form as a psychologist whose well-ordered world begins to fall apart with the discovery that his girlfriend is pregnant - and to make matters worse, their eccentric

Russian obstetrician (Robin Williams) reveals he's never delivered a baby before. Hilarity ensues - or is supposed to, but the flat jokes and Williams' irritating 'funny foreigner' schtick fail to raise more than a faint smile.

Comedy, co-starring Julianne Moore, Jeff Goldblum, Joan Cusack and Tom Arnold

(A romcom with Hugh Grant - yay! Get the ice-cream in ladies)





Thursday

11am, Imagine That, Film 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.



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



3.45pm, Neurocomic, Community Channel. Matteo is a comic artist, Hana is a neuroscientist. Together, they've decided to create a comic about the brain - and they learn something about themselves in the process




4pm, The Madness of Bedlam: A Time Team Special, Yesterday. The recent redevelopment of the Liverpool Street Station in London has unearthed a medieval grave site next to the infamous lunatic asylum, and the specialist historians investigate the link between the grisly discovery and the 700-year-old hospital. Tony Robinson looks into the archives to find out about the lives of patients at Bedlam, while Alex Langlands tries ancient treatments for madness first hand




9pm, Along Came a Spider, 5*. 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, Very British Problems, Channel 4. Light-hearted show based on the Twitter feed of the same name in which comedians and other famous faces reveal how they struggle against the endless capacity for awkwardness that comes with being British.

Narrated by Julie Walters

https://twitter.com/soverybritish




10pm, The Special Needs Hotel, Channel 5. Documentary series following a group of young students with a range of learning disabilities as they receive hands-on training in the hospitality trade



11pm, Bonds of Love, True Drama channel. 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




11.15pm, What Richard Did, Film 4. A wealthy teenager manages to seduce another student's girlfriend, but his confidence is shaken by her continuing friendship with that ex. His insecurity results in a violent confrontation that has unforeseen consequences, and leads to his seemingly charmed life rapidly falling apart.

Drama, starring Jack Reynor and Roisin Murphy





Friday

2pm, Criminal Minds: Derailed, Sky Living. When a paranoid schizophrenic, 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


In this one, the schizophrenic is a Maths genius - mentally troubled people often can be. In fact test yourself below;

Newsnight on BBC 2 had a "Luntz" episode last Friday. A focus-group of Voters was asked to judge the 4 Labour leadership contenders - http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b067xc46/newsnight-28082015

When faced with this type of issue, most people watching on TV make a straightforward linear response (they listen at home and simply agree or disagree with what is said by the other people on the show in the Focus Group etc).


But there are abstract responses possible too - and if you understand the below abstract Mathematical concept, you are cleverer than the Police - they don't understand even repeatedly explained to them;

(This abstract concept was originally spotted from previous episodes of Newsnight and Channel 4 News - where Frank Luntz uses his "Tracker" to monitor Focus Groups concerning Politics - they are often shown someone ranting at Moslems etc. Luntz himself somehow hasn't spotted it though - neither have the Police - who don't understand it when put to them anyway).


This is the type of Equation (here in long form) thrown up by that Newsnight scenario;

If Main Party A is LOSING in opinion-polls (to Main Party B) + a Focus Group dominated by Labour/Tory swing-voters pushes the score of a ranter at Moslems ABOVE the score which they subsequently give to Main Party B generally = Main Party A will then RANT at Moslems on the next quiet News Day (to attempt to go AHEAD of Main Party B instead of losing to them like they were before).

Obviously thereby ERUPTING Moslem-related trouble in the country due to the ALREADY volatile situation with Moslems in the country post-9/11


More such (simplified) Equations;

(In the Equation above and the examples of it below - imagine the "Ranter at Moslems" shown to the Focus Group to be someone like Nigel Farage of UKIP etc)

If (Main Party A opinion poll score < Main Party B opinion poll score) + (Ranter's focus group score > Main Party B focus group score) = Main Party A will rant at Moslems.

If (Main Party A opinion poll score < Main Party B opinion poll score) + (Ranter's focus group score 60) + (Main Party B focus group score < 60) = Main Party A will rant at Moslems.

If (Main Party A opinion poll score < Main Party B opinion poll score) + (Ranter's focus group score 60) + (Main Party B focus group score > 60) = Main Party A will NOT rant at Moslems.

If (Main Party A opinion poll score < Main Party B opinion poll score) + (Main Party A focus group score 80) + (Ranter's focus group score 75) + (Main Party B focus group score > 75) = Main Party A will NOT rant at Moslems.

If (Main Party A opinion poll score < Main Party B opinion poll score) + (Main Party A focus group score 20) + (Ranter's focus group score 30) + (Main Party B focus group score < 30) = Main Party A will rant at Moslems.

(Obviously in those equations Main Party A is Labour and Main Party B is The Tories and vice-versa. If Jeremy Corbyn becomes the Labour leader then Jack Straw, David Blunkett, and John Reid etc of Labour will rant instead to still satisfy the condition)


See how those Equations PROVE that actual Moslem behaviour is NOT per se the sole factor governing WHEN or IF Moslems are ranted at by a Main Party at Westminster?

(i.e. the MERE score given to the Ranter at Moslems no matter how HIGH or LOW it is does NOT in itself dictate outright whether a BIG rant at Moslems by a Main Party at Westminster THEN immediately occurs - all sorts of other complex factors are at work - like the varying score over time of Main Party B and what is dictating that, and whether or not it beats the Ranter's score at various points).

e.g. Note the 2 Equations where the Ranter scores 60 BOTH times but one is followed by a Main Party rant but the other 60 Ranter score isn't.

See also how in the above Equation examples how a Main Party might rant at Moslems when the Ranter scores just 30 - but NOT sometimes when the Ranter scores more than DOUBLE that at 75 - so the ranting at Moslems by Main Parties is CLEARLY not merely just "Reflecting public concerns as outlined by the Ranter's score" etc as they falsely claim when ranting at Moslems - OTHER factors govern it.


So;

Remember that Westminster publicly STATES that it rants at Moslems ONLY due to actual Moslem behaviour and spontaneous things which stem from that - those Equations PROVE that assertion FALSE - they'll rant at Moslems when just trying to beat each other whenever ANY set of circumstances throws up that chance - irrespective of what Moslems (or in fact the Ranter too) are ACTUALLY doing at the time

So what sort of Maths did the dopey Police study at school not to be able to see and understand all that? Clearly they missed Algebra class - maybe because it was invented by a Moslem!

Omar Khayy


(The overall abstract concept originated from a desire to force Westminster down different paths to ones presently dictated to it by small Focus Groups. After all do those Focus Group people whom you saw there on Newsnight look and sound to you like the sort of people who'd know all about the Ethnic intricacies of Iraq to know whether invading it was a good idea or not etc? But presently it is THOSE types of Voter who dictate whether we DO invade or not - as unwittingly proved by the 2 Political observers at the end then falling over themselves to say how to please them)





9pm, Unforgettable, Sky Living. Drama series in which a former detective with an infallible memory uses her talent to help the NYPD solve cases.

Crime drama, starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh




11:05pm, 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




11:15pm, Nurse Jackie: School Nurse, CBS Drama. Grace's teacher calls in the school nurse and a district psychologist to convince Jackie and Kevin their daughter should be given medication for her anxiety problems.

Starring Edie Falco



1:45am, Doctors of the Dark Side, PBS America. Documentary focusing on the largely hidden work of the psychologists and physicians who are allegedly behind torture techniques in US-controlled military prisons. The programme examines whether the medical profession is implicated in systematic waterboarding, sleep deprivation, walling, sensory deprivation and sexual humiliation




4am, Quincy.: A Test for the Living, Universal Channel. Government bureaucracy and a confused diagnosis hamper efforts to prove that a difficult seven-year-old is actually autistic.

Crime drama, starring Jack Klugman and Robert Ito




The next week;


Sat

8pm, Without a Trace: Clare De Lune, Sky Atlantic. Jack and the team investigate a girl's disappearance from a hospital for the mentally ill, and discover the key to the case may lie in her mother's death some years previously - which was officially ruled as suicide, but may actually have been a murder


9pm, Primal Fear, Watch. Multiple disorder personality provides the twist



Mon

2pm, Last Chance Saloon, Community Channel. My Bipolar Brain: Twink explains why he's motivated to understand mental illness and tells how he went from talented kid with a camera to official photographer for The Jam



Sun

9pm, Shutter Island, Film 4. Two U.S marshals Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) investigate the disappearance of a criminally insane patient on an island. Deceived by the hospital administrator and cut off from the world by a storm, inmate riots occur and Daniels begins to doubt everything, even his own partner and sanity.



3am, Painful Secrets, True Movies 2. 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



Mon

11am, A Time to Remember, True Drama. An artist and single mother returns to her childhood home to patch things up with her mother who has Alzheimers disease.



Tues

9am, Monk Season 1 Episode 1: Mr Monk and the Candidate - Part One, FOX. The series starts again