Mental health TV shows - Sat 16/2/2019 to Fri 22/2/2019



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


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

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, Mr Jones (1993), True Movies 1. Psychological drama about a manic-depressive who begins a romance with his psychiatrist, who becomes infatuated with him, and sacrifices her professional ethics to keep the relationship alive.


8:25pm, Helo Syrjeri, S4C. Following staff and patients at Blaenau Ffestiniog's health centre. In the first edition, mental health problems among old and young keep the doctors busy.

(Might run in Welsh - check the run button or subtitles etc for English)

9pm, The Radical Story of Patty Hearst : Part 3: The Captive, PBS America. An extraordinary tale - (in the 1970's) Patty Hearst, the 19-year-old daughter of one of the richest and most powerful families in the US and the granddaughter of media magnate William Randolph Hearst, is kidnapped and held hostage by the mysterious `Symbionese Liberation Army' (a fringe cult-like Left-wing organisation who sought co-operative `symbiosis' for Humanity).

She was then seen by witnesses `assisting' the group in later terrorism and bank robberies etc whilst armed herself - and debate rages to this day as to whether she was brainwashed into doing it by her captors, or became a natural convert, or acted under duress throughout, or merely feigned co-operation in the crimes in order to assist herself with any later escape attempt she was planning. See which version this show supports. Adding to the debate is the fact that whenever she fired her gun no-one was actually hit whereas the other members did shoot people - so was that due to duress or was she just a poor shot since an initially unwilling recruit?

Patty Hearst - Wikipedia

10pm/3am, UFO - ESP, Forces TV. Gerry Anderson sci-fi series. Flying saucers are abducting people (yes really), so The UN assembles a top secret military force - SHADO - to fight them.

In this one, John Croxley (a man with very powerful ESP) is returning home after seeing his psychiatrist when an incoming UFO (damaged by SHADO) veers into Croxley's remote country house, killing his wife. After visiting Croxley's psychiatrist, Straker and Freeman learn of Croxley's ESP ability and are told to meet Croxley at his ruined house

(The psychiatrist is the same actor who summoned those famous fighting skeletons in Jason And The Argonauts - just thought I'd tell you that)

1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.


6.20pm, A Beautiful Mind, Film 4. Biopic of schizophrenic John Nash

10pm, Stalked - Murder In Slow Motion, Channel 5. Three-part documentary series telling the stories of young women killed by their stalkers, with first-hand accounts from their close friends and family.


2.15pm, Stalked - Julie's Story, Channel 5. 2019 drama

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

9pm, Cleaning Up, ITV 1. A 6 part gambling addict drama series

9pm, The Undateables, Channel 4

10pm, Pure, Channel 4. Comedy drama series following 24-year-old Marnie, a young woman plagued by intrusive sexual thoughts in the form of an obsessive compulsive disorder, nicknamed Pure O.


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

1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.


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

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


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.