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Shrink Rap s02e01 Joan Rivers.avi
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An antidote to the conventional chat show, presented by psychologist Dr Pamela Connolly.
Mon 21 April 10pm
In the first of a new series of Shrink Rap, Dr Pamela Connolly talks to the world's highest-paid and most outrageous female comic, Joan Rivers, to find out what has made her so funny, why she hates her body, what she is really like when the jokes stop – and what sex is like in your 70s.
Rivers talks about how she was betrayed by fellow chat show host Johnny Carson, about her bulimia, and about her enduring anger with her producer husband, Edgar, who killed himself 18 years ago.
About Dr Pamela Connolly
Well-known actress and writer Pamela Stephenson (star of 'Not the Nine O'Clock News'), Pamela is now a successful and hugely respected therapist – Dr Pamela Connolly – with a private practice in Los Angeles.
Interview with Pamela
Pamela talks to More4 about turning her back on celebrity, how Shrink Rap breaks the interviewing mould, and why fame is a psychological trauma...
What's the idea behind Shrink Rap?
The idea is to have a deep, psychologically-based conversation with people that we think we know. The chat show, as it has evolved today, certainly has its place as a marvellous piece of entertainment, but we sometimes are fooled by the illusion that we really get to know people on the chat show. They're presenting a side of themselves that they choose to present at that moment, and there's a requirement and expectation that they're going to be entertaining and adorable and probably selling something that they've done, so it's a business transaction.
It's very valid, and I'm not knocking it, but what happens is we start thinking that that's really the person, that's who the individual is, when that's just a chosen aspect of the individual. Fame is a very quirky thing, and I think there's a part of the self that emerges when the person comes to public attention, and that's the part that's on display.
Shrink Rap is an attempt to allow people not to be under pressure of performing, not to feel that they have to present the ideal self, the one that is always adorable and perfect and funny and together. This allows people to bring forward the true self, to not always tell the official story.