Channel 4’s ‘Bedlam’: an insight into mental illness

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Awareness of mental health issues has made headway in recent years through public awareness campaigns. Last Thursday, we gained a greater insight into mental health issues with the first episode of ‘Bedlam’, a documentary about patients at Bethlem Royal Psychiatric Hospital – dubbed as the oldest psychiatric hospital in the world. The narrator told us […]

Cat Changes Life of Boy with Selective Mutism

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Jessi-Cat: the cat that unlocked a boy’s heart tells the incredible, heart-warming and true story of a Birman that helps a young boy. Seven-year-old Lorcan has Selective Mutism, a rare condition which renders him physically unable to speak in certain situations. Written by Jayne Dillon, Lorcan’s mother, this book provides an excellent insight into Selective […]

Review: Channel 4’s Drugs Live: The Ecstasy Trials

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Jasmine Kluge reviews Channel 4’s Drugs Live: The Ecstasy Trials and in light of the findings, discusses the potential medical benefits… In a ground-breaking experiment funded and filmed by Channel 4, scientists examined the effects of MDMA, the active substance in the Class A drug, Ecstasy on 25 participants including an ex-soldier, a psychiatric nurse […]

Review: Louis Theroux – “Autism: Love in the extreme”

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Louis Theroux is perhaps not the most obvious choice of film-maker to create a thought-provoking documentary about children with autism and their families. He is more famous for his, sometimes awkward, interviews with hardened criminals or controversial religious groups. But to him, this new two-part series is not so different from his previous films: “Several […]

Review: “The Undateables”

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On Tuesday the 3rd of April, Channel 4 aired the first episode of their new documentary, “The Undateables”. The series follows a group of people with disabilities, ranging from Tourette’s to Down’s Syndrome, in their search to find love. The show enlists the help of several dating agencies and includes matches created by Stars in […]