Mental health TV over the festive period



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Saturday 22 December

10pm, Ghost Asylum, Discovery Science. Apparent hauntings at abandoned mental homes

11.50pm, Celebrities in Therapy, 5 Select.

Sunday December 23

11:30am, Dr Sanjay Gupta, the CNN news channel. General health magazine show, often has mental health items

4:50pm, A Shoe Addict's Christmas, Channel 5. 2018 re-working of A Christmas Carol

9pm, Bull, Fox. Follows the employees at Trial Analysis Corporation (TAC), a jury consulting firm headed by Dr Jason Bull, who is a psychologist and trial science expert. Bull uses his skills and those of his team not only to select the right jurors for his clients, but to help his clients' lawyers decide which type of argument will win over jurors best.

9pm, The Holiday, ITV 2. Two women, Amanda Woods (Cameron Diaz) and Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) both find themselves at the end of failed relationships just before Christmas. Amanda decides to take a 2 week vacation and surfs the Internet. She meets Iris online, and they agree to swap their homes for the holidays. Amanda lives in Los Angles and Iris lives in the countryside of Surrey. Even though they now have a change of scenery and want no contact with men, they are both still depressed and lonely. But things are about to change when Iris' brother Graham (Jude Law) drops by Iris' house and meets Amanda. On the other side of the world, Iris meets Miles (Jack Black) a film composer. Romance is in the air and sparks are about to fly.

10pm, Far From The Madding Crowd, BBC 2. 2015 version of the Thomas Hardy novel

10pm, Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier, Dave channel. Jon's wife and fellow comedian Lucy Beaumont is on hand to answer her stressed spouse's worries about himself - and their marriage.

Monday 24/12/2018

5:30pm, Hollywood Love Story - Maddie, Vice channel. Maddie is an artist diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. As @snakelively, she makes comedic memes while attempting to establish herself as an artist.

9pm, Good Will Hunting, W channel. A troubled maths genius refuses to use his gift, preferring to work as a janitor and lead a normal life with his friends. Eventually a university professor persuades him to see a psychologist, who befriends him and proves the only person able to help him come to terms with his talent and past traumas.

Drama, written by and starring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, who won Oscars for their screenplay. With Robin Williams, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgard.

10pm, The Lady in the Van, BBC 2. The true story of writer Alan Bennett's friendship with an eccentric homeless woman, whom he befriended in the 1970's before allowing her to park her dilapidated Bedford van outside his Camden home, where she ended up staying for 15 years.

Comedy-drama, starring Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Roger Allam and Jim Broadbent.

1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.

Tuesday 25/12/2018

11.20pm, Silence Of The Lambs, ITV 4. Psychological profiler hunts serial killer saga.

(Given that this film largely inspired the real-life Colin Stagg/Robert Napper debacle I'm surprised that Nicole Kidman and Richard Burton weren't handed the Oscars by mistake too instead of Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins)

11.30pm, Bridget Jones's Diary, ITV 1

Wednesday 26/12/2018

5:30pm, Leading Women, CNN. Profiling current influential women who have made it to the top in their fields. Leading Women connects you to extraordinary women of our time. Each month, we meet two women at the top of their field, exploring their careers, lives and ideas.

Watch online - Leading Women -

Thursday 27/12/2018

8:30am, Dr Sanjay Gupta, the CNN news channel. General health magazine show, often has mental health items

8.30pm, Young Sheldon, E4. Spin-off from college comedy series The Big Bang Theory, featuring a 9 year old Sheldon Cooper. Despite speculation that Sheldon's personality traits may be consistent with Asperger syndrome, obsessive–compulsive personality disorder, and borderline asexuality, co-creator Bill Prady has repeatedly stated that Sheldon's character was neither conceived nor developed with regard to any of these traits

10pm, Undercover History - Dark Secrets of the CIA, National Geographic Channel. Documentary exploring espionage tactics during the Cold War, including experiments with mind control, biological agents, drugs and psychological warfare.

10.35pm, Thoroughbreds, Sky Cinema Premiere. Two upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. They meet under the pretence of hanging out and having a casual tutoring session, but Amanda knows that her mother (Kaili Vernoff) has paid Lily to socialize with Amanda. Lily denies being paid, but Amanda, left emotionless by an unspecified mental disorder, is unfazed.

1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.

1.50am, Vertigo, Film 4. The complex 1958 Hitchcock film

Friday 28/12/2018

6pm, Airplane, Universal. Spoof disaster movie - a traumatised former pilot has to save a plane in trouble

("Surely you can't be serious?" - "I am serious, and don't call me Shirley")

8pm, Airplane 2, Universal. Sequel

9pm, Fight Club, Channel 5. The director distracted audiences and to keep them from anticipating the twist ending involving multiple personality disorder

9pm, My Strange Addiction, Discovery Home and Health channel

9.30pm, My Strange Addiction, Discovery Home and Health channel

The next week;

Sun 30/12/2018

6.05pm, A Beautiful Mind, Film 4. Biopic of schizophrenic mathematician John Nash

11.05pm, What Women Want, Channel 5. Mel Gibson starts to here the thoughts of women near him

Mon (New Year's Eve) 31/12/2018

0.10am, Basic Instinct, ITV 1. Far fetched thriller with a psychological profiler theme

Tues New Year's Day 1/1/2019

5pm, Inside Out, BBC 1. Animation - growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

6pm, Louis Theroux: Extreme Love - Autism, Really. Louis visits a school in America for people with autism - a developmental disorder characterised by difficulties with social interaction and communication. The DLC Warren in New Jersey is one of the most innovative centres of its kind, with specialist intervention designed to help both the students and the families who care for them. He meets 13-year-old Joey, whose mother Carol is finding it increasingly difficult to cope with his explosive tantrums, 19-year-old Nicky, who has written a novel, and 20-year-old Brian, whose extreme behaviour has led to the decision to place him in residential care.

7pm, Louis Theroux: America's Medicated Kids, Really channel. Louis visits one of America's leading children's psychiatric treatment centres in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to discover why drugs are taking the place of old-fashioned parenting. He gets a glimpse of what life is like for 15-year-old Kaylee, diagnosed with ADHD, when she suspends her medication for a day.

Wed 2 Jan

9pm, The Big Fat Lies About Diet & Exercise, Channel 5. exploring the potential pitfalls of trying to lead a more healthy lifestyle, from the dangers of crash dieting to the unexpected side effects of doing too much exercise. The programme features contributions from nutritionists, dieticians, GPs, cardiologists, fitness trainers and psychologists, who explain the health benefits of fat and carbohydrates, the addictive quality of sugar, the hazards of diet pills, and what can happen to someone who eats too many bananas.

9pm, Waco: Madman or Messiah - Storyville, BBC 4. Part one of two. Documentary weaving a current-day narrative with the story of David Koresh and his doomed followers, 25 years after the Waco tragedy took place.

(Part 2 is the following day)

Thu 3 Jan

10.45pm, Along Came a Spider, Film 4. When a congressman's daughter under Secret Service protection is kidnapped from a private school, detective and psychologist Alex Cross investigates the case even though he's recovering from the loss of his partner.


8.30am, Frasier, Channel 4. The psychiatrist abandons his bar-propping in Boston (a heavily Irish descendant city in the north eastern USA) in favour of presenting a radio show in Seattle (a more Hippie influenced city in the north west). However, his new life is thrown into upheaval when his father moves in with him - followed by his apparently psychic care assistant Daphne.

(There are just over 260 episodes and it runs in double-bills at 9am daily)

11.10am, The Mentalist, 5 USA. American drama series based on the work of Patrick Jane, an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation. Once a fraudulent celebrity psychic, he uses his skills of observation and understanding of human behaviour to help the CBI to solve its most serious crimes.