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This week on Sunday Night: October 7
TIC TIC BOOM
This Sunday Night, the cruellest of conditions. For many who live with Tourette Syndrome, the uncontrollable tics and outbursts all too often mean a life of public ridicule. Home is one of the few places they can find understanding and sanctuary. But there’s another little-known symptom of this condition that makes even family life hell – violent mood swings, uncontrollable rages that turn loving homes into battle ground. As Alex Cullen reports, these rage attacks often leave parents fearing for their lives, desperate for help.
Meet the woman who beat impossible odds in the most inhospitable of places. Claire Nelson’s ordeal began after she set out on what was supposed to be a half-day hike in remote desert country. But a wrong turn, then a wrong step, and Claire plunged into a stony canyon. Terribly injured, all she had was a little water, a mobile phone and a fierce will to survive.
THE LIFE OF ERIC
They were irreverent, outrageous, and just plain silly. Five poms and an American who revolutionised comedy with a riotous mix of satire, slapstick and the surreal. It’s now 50 years since Monty Python unleashed themselves on the world, becoming to comedy what the Beatles were to music. Long before the phrase was coined they were politically incorrect. They still are. Which, in recent times, has put them in the crosshairs of the PC brigade. Not that they’re letting themselves get too down about it. As reporter Steve Pennells discovers when he meets Python Eric Idle, who’d rather look on the bright side of life.
This edition of SUNDAY NIGHT hosted by Melissa Doyle airs on Sunday at 8.15pm on Seven and 7plus