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Mental health TV shows - Sat 18/1/2020 - Fri 24/1/2020



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May 8, 2008

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

0.30am, The Spectacular Now, BBC 1, Sutter Keely lives in the now. It's a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he's the life of the party, loves his job at a men's clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he's never far from his supersized, whiskey-fortified thirst-master cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with shy Aimee Finecky hovering over him. She's different: the "nice girl" who reads science fiction and doesn't have a boyfriend. While Aimee has dreams of a future, Sutter lives in the impressive delusion of a spectacular now, yet somehow, they're drawn together.

4am, Kerry Katona - In Therapy, Channel 5


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

9pm, Louis Theroux Extreme Love - Autism, W channel


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.

Watch if you dare;

10.45pm, The Thing, TCM. The 1982 version - often cited to be the most frightening film of all time (and I agree). Essentially the old kids game "Poison" played out as a movie.

In an isolated polar base, a murderous alien can perfectly impersonate its latest victim - even having their memories (having hidden the body) - so no point just testing them over something that happened the previous month etc. So once the alarm is raised how to tell who is still Human and fight The Thing?

(You certainly wouldn't split up - like when one kid chased another behind a building in Poison out of sight and both then emerged again - didn't this lot play Poison at school and know the best tactics?)

"I went to the shop, to buy a bottle of pop, and in that pop was poison!" - Poison (game) - Wikipedia

Are the final remaining 2 both The Thing (so it having won), both still Human, one The Thing and other still Human or vice versa? You decide - it purposely isn't explained (but most people say both are still Humans who are too exasperated to fight on and I agree again).

(Ignore the goofs - e.g. all Norwegian polar explorers are fluent in English in case of needing rescue etc - there are no subtitles but the Norwegian is just saying the "dog" he is chasing is an alien pretending to be a dog - though even if he told them in English would they accept that anyway? And nobody in charge of a pack of Husky dogs would put a stray one straight in a cage with the others in case of diseases etc. By methods never explained it turns out that the dogs can tell when The Thing is impersonating one of them - though of course dogs senses such as smell are superior to the Human sense)

0.30am, Analyze This, TCM. Comedy with a psychoanalysis theme

1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.

1.15am, Silver Linings Playbook, Film 4. After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

2.20am, Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment, Talking Pictures. After his wife leaves him for his former best friend, a failed London artist begins his descent into madness in trying to win her back.


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

10pm, Me Myself And Irene, Comedy Central. Comedy with a split personality theme

10pm, Inside The Mind Of Robert Burns, BBC Scotland (available nationally e.g. Virgin 162).


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, Easy Ways To Live Well, BBC 1

8pm, Trust Me I'm A Doctor, BBC 2. Can diet affect mental health?

8pm, Agatha Christie's Poirot - Elephants Can Remember, ITV 3. The detective finds himself investigating the strange and gruesome murder of an elderly psychiatrist. Elsewhere, Poirot's old friend Ariadne Oliver is being pressed to uncover the truth behind two decade-old deaths. As the pair dig deep for evidence, they soon discover that their separate investigations are linked and join forces to solve the overarching mystery.

David Suchet, Zoe Wanamaker and Greta Scacchi star.

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.

9pm, Split, Film 4. Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist Dr Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all of the others. Compelled to abduct 3 teenage girls led by the wilful, observant Casey personality, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him - as well as everyone around him - as the walls between his `compartments' shatter.


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

1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.


0.20am, Pi, Film 4. In New York City's Chinatown recluse maths genius Max (Sean Gullette) believes "everything can be understood in terms of numbers," and he looks for a pattern in the system as he suffers headaches, plays Go with former teacher Sol Robeson (Mark Margolis), and fools around with an advanced computer system he's built in his apartment. Meanwhile both a Wall Street company and a Hasidic Jewish sect take an interest in his work, but he's distracted by blackout attacks, hallucinations, and paranoid delusions.

"Beware of the Hasidic Jews" - as the dyslexic mechanic wrote on my car battery (acidic juice).


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)


Jan 14, 2020
Who thinks that these posts are the best thing on here !! don't stop.


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Dec 29, 2019

I hope it's okay that I post in this thread

I am just wondering if anyone happened to watch the programme on channel 4 yesterday, the mental health one at 10 PM, and how safe it is to watch?

I'd like to see it but don't want to be triggered to much