Betty TV had sought my input for the second series. I have now formally declined their invitation, and give my reasons in the email below.
I am very interested indeed in the fact that Time4Change are working with them. Is it possible that they are missing the point?

Dear Rebecca
Many thanks for your invitation to discuss the programme “Obsessive Compulsive cleaners” with a view, as I understand it, to advising on the second series.

I will definitely not do so. I have thought long and hard about this, and want to make clear why, as someone who works with the media on mental health issues, I think it inappropriate to engage in any way.

Quite simply it is because it is clear on reflection that the second series cannot change the basic flaw in the premise of the programme as neither your company or Channel 4 acknowledge the problem. Clearly therefore it cannot be “fixed” because those concerned do not believe it to be “broken”, and as Channel 4 say it had good viewing figures, making it commercialy viable. To elaborate; following attempts by myself, Ashley Fulwood from OCDUK and numerous OCD sufferers to feed back to C4 why this programme trivialised OCD, there was a complete failure on the part of C4 to accept that there was a problem.

Any advice I or others might offer would simply affect peripheral issues rather than the basic premise of the programme, which is where the stigma and other issues lie.

With best wishes
Paul Salkovskis

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