Coming Soon on FIVE - Mad for Music

mad for music

This new five-part series of short films, transmitting on Five and the Community Channel, tells the stories of how music has played an important part in the lives of five people dealing with mental health issues. The third in the acclaimed ‘Mad for…’ strand, following ‘Mad for Arts’ and ‘Mad for Poetry’, the series will be shown every evening during the week of World Mental Health Day, which falls on 10th October 2007.

One of the people profiled in Mad for Music is 23year-old James, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He describes how the music of Pink Floyd, especially the song ‘Wish You Were Here’ helped him to cope with the traumas he experienced in a psychiatric ward. We also meet Heather, who talks about how the lyrics of Coldplay’s ‘Talk’ reflect her experiences in hospital after being diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. And Wayne talks about the place Ronnie Laws’s cover of ‘Fever’ has had in his life since the death of his wife, Paulette. And Christopher describes how the Ben E King song ‘Stand By Me’ reminds him of the restorative power of love during times of hardship.

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