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THE HOUSE OF OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVES......CH 4 .......9.00

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RTKangaMummy Mon 01-Aug-05 09:12:37

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RTKangaMummy Mon 01-Aug-05 09:14:15

MONDAY 01 AUGUST



Documentary

The House of Obsessive Compulsives

9:00pm - 10:00pm

Channel 4




VIDEO Plus+: 6449
Subtitled





1/2

Reality show or serious psychological experiment? You decide. The idea is to get three people with severe obsessive compulsive disorder to live together to help them conquer their demons. They're a bizarre and poignant trio. Sophie is an obsessive handwasher; Gerard hasn't put pen to paper for five years because he's scared he'll confess to imaginary crimes; and Wendy is terrified of encountering specks of dirt or, worse, glitter. Watching them in the grip of their fears is at once painful and surreal - Gerard even chains himself to his bed at night. Psychologists cajole them into confronting their fears head on.

RTKangaMummy Mon 01-Aug-05 12:28:51

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Thomcat Mon 01-Aug-05 12:50:39

Kanga, you're the best for alerts like these, thanks hon'.
Will be tuned in, box of tissues at hand.
Ringing my mum about it right now.
TC x

RTKangaMummy Mon 01-Aug-05 12:58:12

Thanks TC x

RTKangaMummy Mon 01-Aug-05 14:23:23

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ks Mon 01-Aug-05 14:28:52

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ks Mon 01-Aug-05 14:29:21

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RTKangaMummy Mon 01-Aug-05 14:31:44

saw a woman on TV this morning on GMTV who thought it was DEFFO BRILL

WigWamBam Mon 01-Aug-05 14:32:22

Are they seriously advertising this as "Reality show or serious psychological experiment"? Makes me feel a bit uneasy that they consider it could be seen as a reality show - putting these people together and televising it as entertainment.

ks Mon 01-Aug-05 14:33:30

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RTKangaMummy Mon 01-Aug-05 14:33:59

I don't know WWB and wouldn't have alerted it if I hadn't seen this woman this morning cos I felt a bit uneasy about it

WigWamBam Mon 01-Aug-05 14:36:43

Yes, that's true, ks. It was just the bit about reality shows that made me a bit unsure. I'd hate to think that the condition would be exploited in that kind of way.

I didn't mean I didn't think you should have alerted about it, KM; I was just kind of wondering out loud really.

RTKangaMummy Mon 01-Aug-05 14:40:06

I was kind of wondering what kind of angle it would take

I am completely in the dark with regards to the subject TBH

So if someone like me watched it perhaps might learn something IYSWIM

RTKangaMummy Mon 01-Aug-05 16:18:37

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WigWamBam Mon 01-Aug-05 16:25:33

It depends on how they present it, I suppose. The fact that they refer to the people involved as "bizarre" doesn't have me thinking that it's going to be presented in a particularly sympathetic way, but it's hard to judge on just a synopsis.

Thomcat Mon 01-Aug-05 16:55:10

it better not be anything other than a serious programme, I'll be SO offended if they think this might be 'entertaining / light entertainment' I'll be the first to write a MASSIVE letter of complaint if it's in bad taste.
Hopefully it'll make sufferers feel less alone, help people to understand more about it, etc erc.

ScummyMummy Mon 01-Aug-05 17:11:46

Channel 4 has a real habit of giving good programmesx crap sensationalist names recently. It's a shame.

fastasleep Mon 01-Aug-05 17:15:32

Seems a bit 'lets put the weirdos in a box and stare at them' from the taster adverts am trying to reserve judgement though!

fairydust Mon 01-Aug-05 17:21:36

i've decided to not to watch this as we've been told that dd has mild O.C and as the programmes are often shown poorly i feel best to stear away from it.

WigWamBam Mon 01-Aug-05 17:38:22

That was my concern, fastasleep, that it would be done with the idea of mental illness as amusing entertainment for Big Brother fans (sorry, BB fans, but you know what I mean). I suffer with OCD and this really makes me feel uneasy.

TheRealMrsF Mon 01-Aug-05 18:00:00

i have OCD behaviours too....and i will switch this off if it starts to be 'entertainment' at my expense.

I was at a parenting group recently and we were shown a video of a family where the mum was an obsessive hoarder...i do that too.

I was ok till the people watching it with me started to snigger at the state of this womans home...i had a full blown panick attack.

TheRealMrsF Mon 01-Aug-05 18:02:04

also...i'd love it to show everyone that OCD is not 'just' about repeatedly washing hands.... which i know is what most people conclude is all OCD is about.

WigWamBam Mon 01-Aug-05 18:10:43

Absolutely, MrsF. It's a hugely wide-ranging condition.

Jimjams Mon 01-Aug-05 19:12:42

ks- yes I'm fairly sure ocd sufferers do have low serotonin...

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