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TVO presents Mysteries of the Mind Week: From Brilliant to Broken
January 11 to 18, 2009
∑ A week-long feast of programming brain food including the world broadcast premiere of
Forgetful Not Forgotten, a powerful documentary on Alzheimer’ disease, followed by a
Your Voice interactive special with filmmaker Chris Wynn.
∑ Dr. Norman Doidge, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and researcher on the faculty at
the University of Toronto's Department of Psychiatry and the Columbia
University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research in New York, will
host the week.
Toronto, November 27, 2008 -- What should you know about Alzheimer’ Ever had one of your
own hands try to strangle you? How does memory work? Is genius born or made? What happens
to our brains when we age? Sunday January 11 to Sunday January 18, TVO presents a week
of exploration into the mysteries of the brain. All week long in prime time this mind-bending
event will feature documentaries, dramas and the Agenda with Steve Paikin, all examining what
makes us tick. Dr. Norman Doidge, author of the international bestseller “ Brain That
Changes Itself,”will host the week and introduce each program.
A highlight of the week will be the world broadcast premiere of Forgetful Not Forgotten on
Sunday January 11 at 9 pm on TVO, and streamed online at TVOParents.com. The film will be
followed by a Your Voice interactive special on TVOParents.com. The Canadian-made, hour-long
documentary produced in association with TVO is first-time filmmaker Chris Wynn’ powerful
and very personal story about his father’ battle with Alzheimer’ In 1999, at the age of 57, John
Wynn became one of the nearly 100,000 Canadians diagnosed with the disease. Shortly after, and
over a six-year period, Chris recorded the impact the disease had on his father and on his family
and began to wonder: “ Could I be next?”
Immediately following the presentation of Forgetful Not Forgotten, at approximately 10 pm on
Sunday January 11, Chris Wynn and expert guests will join host Cheryl Jackson on TVO’ web-
TV show, Your Voice, on TVOParents.com for an interactive discussion on Alzheimer disease.
Viewers can send their questions directly to guests online at TVOParents.com, or by phone at
1.888.891.1195. They can also interact with other viewers in discussion forums on
More Mysteries of the Mind Week:
How Does Memory Work? –North American Premiere - Sunday January 11 at 8 pm
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Kicking off Mystery of the Mind Week: From Brilliant to Broken, this remarkable documentary
takes viewers on a journey through a lifetime of memory: from the cradle when, amazingly, first
memories start to form, right up to old age when all our experiences start to unravel.
The Agenda with Steve Paikin –Monday to Friday at 8 pm January 12-17
TVO’ flagship current affairs show delves into the mysteries of the mind with discussions and
debates ranging from the differences between male and female brains; the latest research on
adolescent brains; the science of happiness; the aging brain; technology and the brain; how
exercise and food affects our minds; and healing the brain.
Child Genius 2 –North American Premiere –January 12 and 13 at 9 pm
In a continuing exploration of nature vs. nurture, we follow a group of extraordinary children as
they grow and develop. Is genius made or born? And is it a gift or a curse?
Malcolm and Barbara: Love’ Farewell –North American Premiere –Monday January 12 at
Malcolm and Barbara had the perfect marriage, until Malcolm developed Alzheimer's disease.
Acclaimed filmmaker Paul Watson spent 11 years filming the family, from the onset of the
disease to Malcolm's final days, capturing the enormous strain it has put on the couple's
Secret Life of the Brain –North American Premiere - January 13 to 16 at 10 pm
A revealing, cutting-edge four-part documentary series charting what happens when the sense of
ourselves and the world around us is dramatically thrown into chaos, with remarkable stories of
life at the leading brain injury clinics in the U.K. and U.S.
The Human Camera –Wednesday January 14 at 9 pm
Profiling Stephen Wiltshire, one of the world’ true autistic savants, who has the ability to sketch,
with incredible accuracy, entire cityscapes entirely from memory.
After the Deluge –North American Premiere - Thursdays at 9 pm beginning January 15
This touching four-part mini-series from Australia features David Wenham, Hugo Weaving,
Rachel Griffiths, Ray Barrett and Aden Young in the story of a father who has Alzheimer’ and
his relationship with his three estranged sons.
Brain Man –Friday January 16 at 9 pm
Following Daniel Tammet, one of the world’ few savants, as he calculates Pi to over 20,000
places in his head, as he meets Kim Speek, the inspiration for the film Rain Man, as he makes a
killing at the blackjack tables in Las Vegas, and as he learns to speak Icelandic in a week.
Saturday Night at the Movies –Saturday January 17 beginning at 8 pm
Geoffrey Rush and Noah Taylor star in Shine (1996), the true story of Australian David Helfgott
who suffered a breakdown as a youth but emerged as a world-renowned pianist. Later in the
night, Tim Roth and Paul Rhys star in Robert Altman’ Vincent and Theo (1990), dramatizing
the relationship of the troubled artistic genius Vincent Van Gogh with his brother.
Wipe Out: Stories of Brain Injury –Sunday January 18 at 8 pm
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Exploring the science of thrill seeking through the stories of three young men who suffered
permanent brain damage as a result of extreme sports.
Coma –Sunday January 18 at 9 pm
Academy Award-nominated director Liz Garbus's insightful documentary explores the mysteries
of the injured brain and its ability to heal.
TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive
educational content that informs, inspires and stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to
empower people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media.
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(formerly Bell ExpressVu) subscribers: Channel 265, Star Choice subscribers: Channel 353. For
more information on these and other programs and services, visit www.tvo.org.
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