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TV and Radio on BBC iPlayer: is there a link between mental health and artistic creativity?

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Vaughan | 14:30 UK time, Wednesday, 25 April 2012

There's long been a theory that being affected by mental health problems might, in turn, lead to greater artistic creativity, and it's this subject that the award-winning novelist AL Kennedy considers in the latest edition of BBC Radio 3's Sunday Feature.

It's a highly personal inquiry, which takes in figures like Russian dramatist Chekhov, the artist Van Gogh, writer Virginia Woolf and poet Sylvia Plath.

The programme includes contributions from psychologist Dorothy Rowe, psychotherapist Adam Phillips, writer Lisa Appignanesi, playwright John Byrne, pianist James Rhodes, performance artist Bobby Baker, sculptor and artist Cornelia Parker, actor Edward Petherbridge and patients and staff at Bethlem Psychiatric Hospital.

Also on iPlayer

Louis Theroux - Extreme Love: Autism (BBC Two)
Louis visits one of the best schools in America for autism. He meets the students and their families to get a glimpse of what life is like for them and to experience the pleasures and the strains of one of the most extraordinary kinds of relationship. (Available until Sunday 6 May, 12.59am)

See Hear (BBC Two)
See Hear honours an icon and a legend of the series. Clive Mason, who was recently presented with a prestigious Deaf Community Award by the BDA. The programme joins in the celebrations and finds out about Clive the person and the professional.

Sunday Morning with... (BBC Radio Scotland)
Ouch's Liz Carr, plus Capability Scotland's Susie Fitton, discuss portrayals of disability on entertainment TV and whether they're ethical. Plus, in Depression Awareness Week, author and illustrator Matthew Johnstone shares his simple meditation techniques which can help to cope with depression. (Available until Sunday 29 April, 9.00am)

Today (BBC Radio 4)
On Monday 23 April, the programme included a tribute to disablity rights campaigner Lord Ashley of Stoke. Louise Medus-Mansell, chair of the Thalidomide Society, reflected on his success getting compensation for people affected by Thalidomide and completely changing the legal basis for disability rights. (Available until Monday 30 April, 9.02am)

In Touch (BBC Radio 4)
Peter White asks the Macular Disease Society for their reaction to Novartis's decision to seek a judicial review into the use by 4 PCTs of the drug Avastin, which is being used off-label to treat people with Age-related Macular Degeneration, and Lee Kumutat joins a ballet workshop designed to give blind people an enhanced experience of the performance.

You and Yours (BBC Radio 4)
The consumer programme looks at what it's like to have diabetes, plus a report on how disability access to five of the major price comparison websites have been found to be non-compliant with European Human Rights guidelines and deemed illegal.

Lifeline (BBC One)
One Show presenter and pop vocal coach Carrie Grant - who is also the mother of two children on the autistic spectrum - makes an appeal on behalf of Research Autism, a charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and outlook for people affected by autism. (Available until Wednesday 2 May, 1.39pm)

Something Special (CBeebies)
Educational series for four- to seven-year-old children with learning difficulties.

Coming up

Louis Theroux - Extreme Love: Dementia (BBC Two, Thursday 26 April, 9.00pm)
Louis travels to Phoenix, Arizona - the capital of dementia care. He spends time at Beatitudes, a residential institution, and also with those looking after loved ones at home, to try and understand what it's like to live with such a complex condition - and how relationships are kept alive in such circumstances.



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