About the Show
Shrink Rap is an antidote to the conventional chat show, presented by psychologist Dr Pamela Connolly - also known as actress and writer Pamela Stephenson.
In this programme Dr Pamela Connolly talks to Stephen Fry - comedian, author, actor, game show host and one of the cleverest men in Britain. Pamela sets out to explore how fame has affected Fry's psyche and why his celebrated mind has at times been in such torment that he has even tried to kill himself.
Dr Pamela Connolly talks to Carie Fisher. The daughter of Hollywood royalty - actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher - Fisher became famous as Princess Leia in Star Wars. But at 24, after drink and drugs problems, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Pamela talks to Carrie about what it was like to have her father leave home for Elizabeth Taylor when she was one and a half, about marriage to Paul Simon, her relationships with gay men and her 35-year battle with mental illness.
Dr Pamela Connolly talks to former model turned campaigner Heather Mills about how she survived an unhappy childhood, the accident in which she lost her left leg below the knee, and her divorce from Sir Paul McCartney.
Heather describes a chaotic childhood after her mother left when she was nine, abandoning her and her siblings to an unpredictable and obsessive father. Heather becomes visibly emotional as she describes her mother's death at the age of only 47, after they were briefly reunited.
Setting out to explore how this childhood has influenced Heather's subsequent life, Pamela talks to her about her sexuality and the power it has given her over men, her career as a glamour model and her ill-fated marriage to McCartney.
'As much as those who didn't know us want to dismiss it, those who were really around us know we were very, very in love,' Heather tells her. 'I was pursued for quite a few months. It was very flattering. How could you say no?'
Dr Pamela Connolly talks to comedian Joan Rivers to find out what makes her so funny, why she hates her body, what she is like when the jokes stop and what sex is like in your 70s.
Dr Pamela Connolly talks to comedian and writer Chris Langham on his release from jail. He talks openly about the abuse he endured as a child, his addictions, his trial and imprisonment.
In a one-off special of the acclaimed psychologically-based interview show, Shrink Rap , Dr Pamela Connolly puts her husband on the couch.
Former Home Secretary, David Blunkett MP, is on the couch. Blunkett admits that at the height of his troubles over former lover Kimberley Quinn he was offered psychotherapy. He turned it down because as a 'bluff Northerner', he doesn't have much faith in it, believing that people should work things out themselves.
Dr Pamela Connolly talks to Gene Simmons, outrageous front man of heavy metal band Kiss and one of America's most successful rock stars. Pamela looks beneath the exterior of this quintessential Alpha male to find out what lies behind his relentless need for success and self-gratification.
Dr Pamela Connolly talks to actress Kathleen Turner. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, she took to drink to ease the pain. She talks about the illness and how she coped with drinking.
Pilot Show - Robin Williams
Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams takes a seat on Dr Pamela Connolly's couch. Their in-depth discussion ranges from Williams' affluent but lonely childhood to how his world changed forever - for both good and ill - when he became famous overnight in the hit TV series Mork and Mindy . They also talk about Williams's problems with substance abuse, his penchant for collecting dangerous weapons and his first sexual experiences.
Dr Pamela Connolly talks to Booker Prize winning author Sir Salman Rushdie, famed as much for his writing as for his four marriages and the Iranian fatwa that forced him into hiding for a decade.
Sarah, Duchess of York
Psychologist Dr Pamela Connolly talks to Sarah, Duchess of York about her problems with weight and self-image, and her difficult childhood.
Pamela talks to Sharon Osbourne, famous as an X Factor judge, chat show host, best-selling author and even star of her own real-life soap opera, Osbourne is one of the best-known women in Britain. But her childhood was chaotic. Her father - pop manager and renowned tough guy Don Arden - was a strict disciplinarian who would lock her in the coalhole for punishment.
Dr Pamela Connolly talks to Tony Curtis about his violent mother, his guilt over the death of his younger brother and his relationships with some of the most famous women in the world
Shrink Rap synopsis
Shrink Rap is an antidote to the conventional chat show, presented by psychologist Dr Pamela Connolly - also known as actress and writer Pamela Stephenson.Episode Guide >