Mental health TV shows - Saturday 11/5/2019 to Friday 17/5/2019



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A film about a world-renowned Scottish mountaineer's struggles with mental health is to be screened in cinemas this month. Final Ascent: The Legend of Hamish MacInnes is part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (SMHAFF) - Film charts climber's mental health fight


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

11.15pm, Dead Man's Shoes (2004), Film 4. A disaffected soldier returns to his hometown to get even with the thugs who brutalized his mentally-challenged brother years ago.


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

9pm, Louis Theroux: Mothers on the Edge, BBC 1. The film-maker spends time in two specialist psychiatric units that treat mothers experiencing serious mental illness while allowing them to live alongside their babies. Immersing himself on the wards, he meets women who have been admitted with a range of serious conditions - including depression, anxiety and psychosis - often triggered by birth or the strains of motherhood.

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.

Monday night

1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.


2.15pm, Lethal Admirer (aka A Friend's Obsession), Channel 5. Stalker drama

8pm, Holby City, BBC 1. Struggling from the news that Dominic is her half-brother, Chloe is forced to operate with him, having had mental health problems

10pm, Violent Child Desperate Parents, Channel 5. The psychologist Laverne Antrobus tries to help

10:35pm, PTSD: The War in My Head, BBC 1. Documentary telling the stories of three British soldiers who died in 2018 following lengthy struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Through personal videos, voice notes, interviews and letters, this film reveals the private battle these men fought with their mental health.


3.05pm, Attack (1955), Film 4. During WW2 battle fatigue and breakdown start to take their toll on a US army infantry unit in December 1944 when very large German tanks suddenly start attacking them in large numbers in Belgium.

Starring Eddie Albert.

(In June 1944 the Allies invaded France of course but in December 1944 the Germans unexpectedly attempted to counterattack via Belgium - coined The Battle Of The Bulge and led by both types of their fearsome Tiger Tank - attempting to split the British and American armies from each other and/or sever their supply lines. Ultimately aiming to reach the vital port city of Antwerp)

The actual movie The Battle Of The Bulge is on Sunday at 1.55pm on ITV 4.

Footnote - the actor Eddie Albert (who plays the least capable officer here) actually fought in WW2.

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, Nadiya - Anxiety and Me, BBC 1. The cookery show winner

11.15pm, Horizon - Stopping Male Suicide, BBC 2

2:45am, Psychobitches, Sky Arts. Inspired comedy sketch show about history's most famous women - and their therapist.

3am, Secrets from the Asylum, ITV 1. The 2nd of two programmes in which celebrities embark on an emotional journey to discover how their ancestors coped in Victorian asylums.


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

8pm, Our Dementia Choir With Vicky McClure, BBC 1

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

9pm, David Harewood: Psychosis and Me, BBC 1. At the age of 23, David Harewood had a psychotic breakdown and was sectioned. Two years ago he opened up on Twitter about the experience - and now he wants to tell the full story. Travelling back to his home town of Birmingham, the actor lets viewers into the realities of experiencing a psychotic breakdown, and how much he blocked out at the time, meeting up with his mother and old friends who were with him at the time. But this isn't just his story. He also spends time with other young people living with psychosis and the NHS professionals who treat them.

1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.


9pm, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, ITV 4. Sequel.

(By the mid 21st century robots rule the world but Humans have launched an Insurgency led by John Connor. The robots figure to send back in time to 1990 etc a Terminator robot disguised as a Human in order to kill John Connnor's mother Sarah in order to prevent him from being born at all and therefore never leading the future rebellion. In this sequel she now knows of the threat from the first Terminator when she survived)

Over 10 years have passed since the first Terminator tried to kill Sarah Connor and her unborn son John Connor, who is now a healthy young boy. However another Terminator is sent back through time called the T-1000, which is more advanced and more powerful than its predecessor, to kill John Connor when he's still a child. However, the grown up John Connor in the future learns of the plot, and so another killing machine is sent back in time to the 20th century by him, but to protect the past John Connor from the other robot instead.

After breaking John's mother out of a mental institution, the pair set out to avert a future nuclear war - pursued by the advanced prototype terminator with shape-changing powers.

Sci-fi action adventure sequel, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong and Robert Patrick.

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

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

10pm, Sex Tape, Channel 4. With therapist Anjula Mutanda

11:25pm, Sex on the Couch, BBC 1. A unique and eye-opening insight into modern relationships and the pressures they face, following real-life couples as they bring their sexual and emotional issues to a specially constructed therapy clinic.


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.