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Mental health TV shows - Saturday 15/6/2019 to Friday 21/6/2019



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Mental health TV shows - Saturday 15/6/2019 to Friday 21/6/2019


9pm, Tyson Fury - Rise and Fall of a Gypsy King, Channel 5. His battles with depression etc

(He is fighting later tonight on Sky Box Office)

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

1:40am, Morgan - a Suitable Case for Treatment, Talking Pictures. An eccentric artist refuses to accept his social-climbing wife divorcing him, and resorts to a series of surreal pranks in a desperate attempt to sabotage her new marriage to a wealthy art dealer. However, his obsessive behaviour eventually leads to his being committed to a mental home.

Comedy, starring David Warner, Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Stephens and Irene Handl.

2.50am, Hannibal, 5 USA. FBI Special Agent Jack Crawford asks psychological criminal profiler Will Graham to consult on a case of missing college girls. The duo interview the parents of the latest youngster to disappear, only to discover her body has been returned to her bedroom.


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

1.15am, Wire in the Blood double bill, ITV 3. University clinical psychologist Dr Anthony Valentine Hill (Robson Green) is able to tap into his own dark side to get inside the heads of serial killers. Working with detectives, Hill takes on tough and seemingly impenetrable cases in an attempt to track down the killers before they strike again.

1:05am, Why Are We Creative? : The Centipede's Dilemma (2018), Sky Arts. Documentary spanning over 30 years. Hermann Vaske's insightful film asks intriguing artists and thinkers such as Bono, David Bowie and Björk why they are creative.


8pm, Dispatches - How Safe Are Your Medicines, Channel 4

11.15pm, Chris Packham - Aspergers and Me, BBC 2. The naturalist examines his condition

1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.


10:55pm, Tales That Witness Madness (1973), Horror Channel. A psychiatrist recounts four separate disturbing patient cases to a colleague, which we then see in flashback

12am, The Undiscovered Peter Sellers, Sky Arts. The comedic genius who earned Oscar nominations for Dr Strangelove and Being There, and starred as Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther films. Sellers struggled with depression and insecurities. His behaviour was often erratic and compulsive, and he frequently clashed with his directors and co-stars, especially in the mid-1970s when his physical and mental health, together with his alcohol and drug problems, were at their worst.

1am, Dark Matters: Twisted but True : Dr. Lobotomy; Voodoo Rx; Killed by Kindness, Discovery Science. John Noble profiles more strange science, including the work of Egas Moniz who invented the Lobotomy, and whose work was so controversial one of his patients shot him six times.

3:30am, Mr Jones (1993), Sony Movie Channel. 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


4pm, Mind Blown (2017), Horror Channel. In Los Angeles a secret government programme in psychotronic warfare goes terribly wrong, and the govt must cover it up and terminate all involved.

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, UFO - ESP, Forces TV. Gerry Anderson series. Flying saucers are landing in remote areas and abducting people. To fight them whilst not triggering mass panic, the United Nations creates the top secret SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation) military organisation - located under a (largely oblivious) film studio.

In this one, whilst returning home after seeing his psychiatrist, John Croxley is stopped by SHADO personnel due to an incoming UFO, which then crashes into Croxley's house.

(At this point in the series SHADO didn't know that the Earth's atmosphere causes a UFO to explode if it stays too long - so see in this one how approaching them is risky for a number of reasons. We later see that the flying saucers can prevent that explosion by hiding in water like lakes or the sea etc)

Goof - in this series the cars in Britain now drive on the right and are left-hand drive - the show having assumed that Britain would copy that aspect of The US in future - but the D in SHADO is shown to still stand for the word "defence" and not the US spelling "defense".

Michael Billington (colonel Paul Foster) was in the running to replace Sean Connery as James Bond (Roger Moore was actually picked of course). Aspects of this series seem to act as a "showcase" for the role for him.

9pm, The Restaurant that Makes Mistakes, Channel 4. Documentary series following a daring experiment in which the UK's first-ever restaurant staffed by people with dementia opens its doors. 14 volunteers, all living with some form of the illness, run the restaurant in Bristol, hoping to raise awareness of the disease and the impact it can have on those still of working age.

1.50am, The Voices, Channel 4. The schizophrenic Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is that chipper guy working at a bathtub factory, with the offbeat charm of anyone who could use a few friends. With the help of his court-appointed psychiatrist, he pursues his office crush (Gemma Arterton). However, the relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn after she stands him up for a date. Guided by his `evil talking' cat and `benevolent talking' dog Jerry must decide whether to keep striving for normalcy, or indulge in a much more sinister path.

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


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

9pm, Catch-22, Channel 4. Mini-series with George Clooney during WW2 in USAF bombing Germany.

From the concept Catch 22 : a sinister bureaucratic rule which specifies that a concern for one’s safety in the face of dangers is the sign of a rational mind. Therefore a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions - but a request to be removed from duty (to avoid the danger) is evidence of sanity (since recognising the obvious danger) and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty.

10pm, Mirror Mirror - What a Way to Die, Happy, BBC Scotland. The salon workers discuss why island living means relying on online shopping, the best and worst of social media, an impromptu moment of heroism and the delights of vegan pizza.

(The channel is available nationwide on Freeview etc)

1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.


9pm, I Can Go for That: The Smooth World of Yacht Rock, BBC 4. The second of two programmes in which Katie Puckrik revisits a halcyon period of Los Angeles studio craft when studio-based artists such as the Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, and Hall & Oates produced the smoothest R`n'B and married it to adult themes about longing, aspiration and melancholy. In its day this music was never identified as a genre, but in the 21st Century, in a nod to its finely crafted nature, it's come to be known as `yacht rock'. Katie looks at the singer-songwriters of Laurel Canyon as well as soft rock pioneers such as the band America.

Contributors include Jay Graydon, John Oates, Mark Ronson and JD Ryznar.

Yacht rock - Wikipedia

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

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

0.10am, Side Effects (2013), Channel 4. Emily Taylor becomes severely depressed. Her psychiatrist Jonathan Banks prescribes an experimental new medication called Ablixa.

Thriller with Rooney Mara and Jude Law

1am, Dark Matters: Twisted but True : Unabomber; Get the Lead Out; Salvation by Starvation, Discovery Science. Unethical scientific experiments.

In this one, did a Dr Murray's psychological experiments in humiliating genius students including Ted Kaczynski at Harvard College lead to the latter becoming the `Unabomber' terrorist?

(Also - how did leaded petrol come to poison people? And in WW2 why did Russian scientists accept death by starvation to protect a seed bank they could have eaten?)


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.