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Mental health TV shows - Sat 24/10/2020 to Fri 30/10/2020

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Mental health TV shows - Sat 24/10/2020 to Fri 30/10/2020


Saturday

11.15pm, 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.


9.30pm, 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.


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


0.10am, The Uninvited, BBC 1. Anna returns home after a stint in a mental hospital, but her recovery is jeopardized by her cruel stepmother and ghastly visions of her dead mother.


1:50am, 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).


Sunday

9am, 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.


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


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.


Monday

5pm, The Fugitive - Not With A Whimper, CBS Justice. Dr Kimble is on the run, and in this one doesn't realise that his old mentor is mentally ill


10.50pm, Tales That Witness Madness, Horror channel. Several short horror tales told by a psychiatrist


1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.


Tuesday

2.55pm, The Prisoner (1955 movie), Sony Movies Action. (During the Cold War) in an unnamed Eastern European country where Communist tyranny has recently replaced Nazi tyranny, a Cardinal (Alec Guinness) is falsely accused of treason. They use sleep deprivation, relentless questioning, and the deliberate upsetting of the Cardinal’s eating and sleeping patterns to weaken him.

(A film described as anti-Catholic by some but anti-Communist by others - take your pick - cardinal Karol Józef Wojtyła from Poland went on to become Pope John Paul II in 1978 of course so make of that what you will)


6.20pm, A Beautiful Mind, Film 4. Russell Crowe is schizophrenic mathematician John Nash


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.


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


Thursday

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


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/


0.40am, The Brood, Horror channel. A man's wife is under the care of an eccentric and unconventional psychologist, who uses innovative and theatrical techniques to breach the psychological blocks in his patients. When their daughter comes back from a visit with her mother and is covered with bruises and welts, the father attempts to bar his wife from seeing the daughter but faces resistance from the secretive psychologist. Meanwhile, the wife's mother and father are attacked by strangely deformed children, and the man begins to suspect a connection with the psychologist's methods.



Friday

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?


1.40am, 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.



Daily

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)
 
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