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Mental health TV - Sat 8/2/2020 - Fri 14/2/2020

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Saturday

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


10.20pm, The Nutty Professor, ITV 1. Brilliant and obese scientist Sherman Klump invents a miraculous weight-loss solution. After a date with chemistry student Carla Purty goes badly, a depressed Klump tries the solution on himself. Though he instantly loses 250 pounds, the side effects include a second personality: an obnoxiously self-assertive braggart who calls himself Buddy Love. Buddy proves to be more popular than Sherman, but his arrogance and bad behaviour quickly spiral out of control.


11.55pm, While We're Young, BBC 2. Josh Srebnick is 44. He is married to Cornelia, 43, the daughter of Leslie Breitbart, a respected documentary filmmaker. The couple lives comfortably in New York Village and gives the image of happiness. But things are not so rosy as they look: on a personal level, their relationships have been cooling down while they suffer from not having children. On a professional plane, things have deteriorated as well. Josh, who is also a documentary filmmaker like his father-in-law, has lost inspiration: he has been grappling with his last movie for eight years now without being able to complete it. To be true, Josh goes nowhere and his marriage is on the rocks. Things start changing when Josh and Cornelia meet another married pair: Jamie and Darby, a generation younger, express their admiration for Josh (Jamie wishing to become a documentary filmmaker himself). Plus, they are much cooler, smarter and more uninhibited than the two forty-odds. Could they help Josh and Cornelia



Sunday

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


9pm, They Live, Syfy. A satire of Consumerism and an allegory of schizophrenia. A man discovers a strange pair of glasses which give a completely different view of the world - one of subliminal messages given out by aliens who look Human and who freely live amongst us.


1.10am, The Unknown Girl, BBC 2. The efficient Dr Jenny Davin works hard at the Kennedy Hospital. One night someone rings the bell of her office after-hours and Dr Davin asks her trainee Julien to not open the door since does not to seem an emergency. On the next morning police inspectors Ben Mahmoud and Bercaro require her surveillance tape since the teenager was found dead on the other side of the road and they are investigating what happened. Jenny feels guilty for not opening the door and becomes obsessed to find the teenager's identity. Her investigation affects her relationship with patients that might know something about the unknown girl.

(In French with English subtitles)



Monday

10.35pm, Ladhood, BBC 1. New series. Having started a fight with a stranger, for the crime of having a conversation with his girlfriend, Liam thinks back to his adolescence and where this toxic behaviour stems from.

Comedy written by and starring Liam Williams, which straddles two timelines to explore the roots of modern-day masculinity by delving into the memories of his own misspent adolescence.


1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.


1.35am, Sylvia Plath - Inside The Bell Jar. BBC 4. The poet and author Sylvia Plath’s lonely death – aged just 30 – has long obscured her enormous talent. But her end and her long bouts of crippling depression have also, as Teresa Griffiths’s excellent film reveals, unfairly defined her as a misery memoirist, a woman clothed in unhappiness.



Tuesday

6.35pm, Gaslight, TCM. After the death of her famous opera-singing aunt, Paula Alquist (Ingrid Bergman) is sent to study in Italy to become a great opera singer as well. While there, she falls in love with the charming Gregory Anton (Charles Boyer). The two return to London and Paula begins to notice strange goings-on like missing pictures, strange footsteps in the night, and gaslights that dim without being touched. As she fights to retain her sanity, her new husband's intentions come into question.

(Which gives us the modern term "gaslighting")


8pm, On Benefits: Depressed Stressed and Repossessed, 5 Star. Stories of people struggling on benefits. Mark from Cheltenham is a part-time drag queen who lost his Spanish bar after a licensing dispute. Now home and claiming sickness benefits for depression, he is keen to get well enough to work again.


9pm, Universal Credit - Inside The Welfare State, BBC 2


10pm, Losing It - Our Mental Health Emergency, Channel 4


11.20pm, Easy Ways To Live Well, BBC 1



Wednesday

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


8pm, Brain Games, Nat Geo


9pm, White House Farm, ITV 1. Drama series based on the 1985 Jeremy Bamber case, where he tried to frame his mentally ill sister for several murders that he himself had committed - the police were initially fooled.


10.05pm, The Mind Benders, Talking Pictures. (During the Cold War) a British scientist is discovered to have been passing information to the Communists in Russia. Another scientist, Dr Henry Laidlaw Longman (Sir Dirk Bogarde) decides that they might have brainwashed him by a sensory deprivation technique, but he doesn't know if someone really can be convinced to act against their strongest feelings that way. So he agrees to be the subject of such an experiment.


Thursday

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


7pm, Star Trek: Voyager: Blood Fever, Syfy channel. Torres the female Klingon is bitten by a male Vulcan crew member who has the "ponn farr" (a pining for a mate which causes temporary insanity) - causing Torres to then have the "ponn farr" too (the 2 can't just mate with each other to resolve things that way because Torres is already engaged to a Human). It then gets even sillier. And it turns out that the Humans are immune from all this mating season insanity malarkey that only some aliens amongst the crew have now got, and so often they just look on in a smug manner. All actors involved playing whatever Race seem completely embarrassed by the silliness of it.

(The "ponn far" - it sounds like the route that a Jamaican aeroplane takes to Britain)


11.05pm, Katie Price - In Therapy, Channel 5


1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.



Friday

4pm, Star Trek: Voyager: The Darkling, Syfy channel. The holographic Doctor decides to enhance his personality by adding aspects of Lord Byron and Mahatma Gandhi to it



Daily

9.10am, 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)
 
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