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Mental health TV shows - Sat 17/10/2020 to Fri 23/10/2020



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Mental health TV shows - Sat 17/10/2020 to Fri 23/10/2020

There were tech problems last week, so apologies for that;

Ghost Stories (2017) - several short horror tales.

e.g. The first case is a night watchman, Tony Matthews, whose wife has died of cancer and who feels guilty that he stopped visiting his daughter, who suffers from locked-in syndrome. He was haunted by the spirit of a young girl while working in a disused asylum for women.


Watch online (90 minutes) - www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000h3g7

Final Ascent: The Legend of Hamish MacInnes. The life of legendary Scottish mountaineer and rescuer Hamish MacInnes - he lost his memory.

Watch online (1 hour 20 minutes) - www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000hp3m

Imagine : Marina Abramovic: The Ugly Duckling. Marina Abramovic invites Alan Yentob into her home, opens up her enormous personal archive and travels back to her birthplace, Belgrade. Her early, provocative work was once dismissed, but today thousands go to see her perform pieces that can last for weeks, even months at a time. By using just her own body and pushing her physical and psychological boundaries, she has become an international artistic superstar.

Watch online (1 hour) - www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000nh5l/imagine-2020-marina-abramovic-the-ugly-duckling

(e.g. On a stage a naked man is bouncing back and forth on a very large piece of elastic. A clothed woman - Abramovic - appears next to him. A second clothed man walks from the audience up the steps onto the stage, and violently kung-fu kicks Abramovic to the floor. Eh? Well it is about the audience reaction to all that. They are totally shocked by the actions of someone - the second man - who just before that was seen by them a one of them, and the naked man on the stage was being considered the shocking thing but done by another person considered an outsider by them. And of course Abramovic - also considered an outsider by them - was clothed but was the one violently kicked. So how and why is all that differing psychological processing occurring with the audience exactly? Get it?)


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

6.45pm, Aces High (1976), ITV 4. In World War I, the high casualty rate amongst the rookie pilots of the Royal Flying Corps puts an enormous mental strain on the survivors.

9pm, Bull, Fox. Brilliant, brash, and charming, Dr. Bull is the ultimate puppet master as he combines psychology, human intuition, and high-tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses, and the accused tick.

1.35am, 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.

2.25am, Gothika, Horror channel. A depressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she works, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done.


3:45pm, Minder - The Great Depression of 1994, ITV 4. Comedy-drama series. In this one, the spiv Arthur's brother-in-law Brian suffers a bout of depression, affecting everyone on the manor (i.e. meaning `locally' if you don't speak Cockney).

7pm, Star Trek – Whom Gods Destroy, Horror channel. (Proverb - "Whom gods destroy they first make mad). Kirk and Spock are taken prisoners by a former starship captain named Garth, who now resides at, and has taken over, a high security asylum for the criminally insane.

(Recognise the green woman? The actress Yvonne Craig - Batgirl!)

7.40pm, Sport's Hidden Crisis - Panorama, BBC 1. Eating disorders

1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.


5pm, Flight From Ashiya, Sony Movies Action. Not rated by critics but one of my favourites.

In 1964 (so within living memory of Pearl Harbour) 2 US coast-guard sea-planes find the survivors of a Japanese shipwreck floating on wreckage in a severe and remote Pacific storm. The first attempts a landing on the turbulent waters, but crashes and explodes, killing its crew. The crew of the remaining circling plane witness that of course, and so wonder whether to land themselves or abandon the rescue attempt as too difficult and dangerous (condemning the stricken Japanese sea-farers to certain death). Complicating matters are the past traumatic experiences of those 3 airmen (played George Chakiris, Yul Brynner, Richard Widmark) - especially as 2 of them actually fought in the war - 3 separate tales that we then see in flashback before they then have to make their collective decision.


"Occasionally, it's diverting to see just how consistently bad a picture can be. Anyone interested should catch Flight From Ashiya."

"Flight from Ashiya was dull and ruined by too many flashbacks."

(Critics - what do they know?)

9pm, Prodigal Son, Sky 1. Drama series - Silence Of The Lambs rip off

10pm, Out Of Her Mind, BBC 2. Surreal sitcom series with Sara Pascoe

10pm, Y Fam Iawn ("The Very Mother"), S4C. Drama series about a child psychologist, dealing with the disturbing case of a 3 year-old boy who claims that his mother is an impostor.

In Welsh - check the red button for English subtitles etc.

11pm, Brief Encounters, BBC Scotland (available nationally on Freeview etc). Conversations between people travelling by train, including the mother of an autistic son, a beatboxer with some dating advice and a detective-turned-violin dealer.

1am, Blue Bloods - Grave Error, Sky Witness. Erin has a disagreement with a psychiatric consultant.


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, Ambulance, BBC 1. An elderly man is seeing things


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

1pm, Tales of the Unexpected – Blue Marigold, Sky Arts. Myra is the celebrated face of the Blue Marigold poster advertising campaign. However, when she appears in a television commercial too, she is told that her voice is unsuitable and another girl, Sophie, will be dubbing her. At the same time her married lover Paul leaves her. She is already hitting the bottle and suffering mood swings and she has a breakdown, being admitted to a psychiatric home. On discharge she goes to live with her sister Beryl at a sea-side resort. There she meets Sophie, who ironically is getting married to Paul, but he too has undergone an unfortunate change.

Radio Cardiff every Thursday at 1:30 to 3pm. Well Waves - mental health radio show. Well Waves explores experiences of mental health and is made by volunteers from VCS Pave The Way who have the perspective of 'lived experience' and features true life stories; interviews; features and covers a range of performing & creative Arts. Radio show introduced by co presenters Jay Walker and Jen Ashton.

Listen to all episodes on Mixcloud here - www.mixcloud.com/BeingWell/

8pm, GP's Behind Closed Doors, Channel 5. A journalist with PTSD


10pm, Bull, Fox. Brilliant, brash, and charming, Dr. Bull is the ultimate puppet master as he combines psychology, human intuition, and high-tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses, and the accused tick.

11pm, Brainwashed, Discovery History. Is it possible?

2.05am, The Protectors - The First Circle, ITV 4. A disturbed Vietnam War veteran goes on the rampage


8.05am, 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)