The Weekend's TV: Psychopath Night, C4
Ellen E Jones
Ellen is The Independent's TV critic. She writes a daily review of Last Night's TV and a weekly 'Inside TV' column for the i paper, as well as a column on general topics for the main paper most Wednesdays. Ellen is a former Hollywood correspondent and a contributing editor to Little White Lies, she's written on TV, film, lifestyle, travel and politics for publications including the Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, Esquire and Total Film.
Sunday 15 December 2013
The characters we encountered on Channel 4’s two-hour Psychopath Night (Sat) were much more the cynical political drama sort. After all, psychopaths, we were told, are all around us, but especially in law, sales, finance and government, where they often rise to positions of power. According to the psychologist Oliver James, the credit crunch is best understood as “a mass outbreak of corporate psychopathy”.
This infotainment show opted for a Top Ten countdown of movie psychopaths as a framing device to illustrate psychopathy and the tone veered unpredictably from jovial to chilling. Among the latter was a memorable face-to-face meeting with Charles “The Eyeball Killer” Albright, a Texan serial killer convicted of the murder of three women in 1991.
Albright is a creepy chap all right, but he fits the familiar psycho stereotype down to a T. By far the most surprising interview was with a high-powered lawyer called Emmy Thomas. Thomas is neither criminally inclined nor violent, but she’s still a diagnosed psychopath. Her parents first sent her to a therapist as a teenager, after they noticed her lack of empathy and penchant for cruel jokes. “I do feel a little bit like a misunderstood minority,” said Emmy. Indeed, and this entertainingly lurid documentary probably won’t have done much to help that.
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 2 Keira Knightley topless: Usually conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
- 3 Daily Show's Jon Stewart destroys Fox News for its Ferguson coverage
- 4 When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
- 5 Terror threat level raised to severe as PM warns Isis risk could last for decades
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
- < Previous
- Next >