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Mental health TV shows - Saturday 18/5/2019 to Friday 247/5/2019



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Mental health TV shows - Saturday 18/5/2019 to Friday 247/5/2019

This disturbing horror film was on last week, someone has stuck it on You Tube too if you missed it;

Tales That Witness Madness (1973) -

One of those weird compendium movies (basically a copy of Asylum from 1972). Patients in a mental home separately tell their stories to their psychiatrist and a visitor.

Story 1: Mr Tiger - a young boy has a tiger as an imaginary friend.

Story 2 : Penny Farthing - a strange bicycle can transport its rider back to Edwardian times - one almost expects Leonard Sachs to appear spouting long words.

(In this one exactly what the haunting man in the portrait is trying to achieve isn't clear and I've tried many other reviewers and it seems that no-one knows - other than like in The Time Tunnel the where the very intervention in the past just brings about the destined fated events anyway. One US reviewer didn't know why a penny farthing has a big wheel and a small one - before the bicycle chain was invented it was the only way to build an efficient bike. Then again in his The Thing movie review he says that Norwegians and Swedes are `Netherlanders' - so is that what Americans call Scandinavians these days? I blame Trump. He also helpfully states that the tiger in the first story wasn't attacking real actors but just disguised stuntmen and dummies etc - do you think?)

Story 3 : Mel - a man finds a strange log in a park and takes it home, to the annoyance of his wife Joan Collins - will she die nasty?

(Possibly spoofed by Gene Wilder with a sheep in that old infamous Woody Allen movie)

Story 4 : Laua - a literary agent plans a banquet, oblivious to Hawaiian black magic being plotted by 2 of the guests.

(Again no reviewer really understandsthat one either - why does the insanity affect only 1 person when everybody eats the food and when exactly does it occur since that person clearly remains oblivious to what was in it?)

And at the end like in Asylum, the visitor (and us at home) have to guess who the truly insane people in the place are.


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

10.45pm, Evelyn, BBC 2. When his brother, newly diagnosed as schizophrenic and suffering from intense depression, took his own life at 22, Orlando and his other two siblings buried the trauma, rarely talking about it. Over a decade later, the remaining family set out on a hiking tour, visiting landscapes Evelyn liked to walk, to reflect on his life and death. The result is an intensely personal and moving take on the emotional impact of suicide within a family and a powerful account of the benefits of creating safe spaces for emotional communication. Shot in a subjective style and against the stunning backdrop of the British countryside, Evelyn is an emotionally raw film that documents the difficult, yet rewarding, attempt to navigate the rocky highlands of collective trauma.


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

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.

10:30pm, A Royal Team Talk: Tackling Mental Health, BBC 1. The Duke of Cambridge (Prince William), Gareth Southgate, Peter Crouch, Thierry Henry, Danny Rose and Jermaine Jenas gather together in the company of Dan Walker for an extraordinary and revealing conversation about men's mental health.


2.15pm, A Neighbour's Obsession, Channel 5. Stalker drama

5:25pm, Ride the Tiger: A Guide Through the Bipolar Brain, PBS. The reality of living with bipolar disorder, what science knows about how the illness manifests in the human brain, and how it might be treated.

10pm, Iraq - A State Of Mind, BBC 4. The mental health crisis in that country

1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.

1am, Spider, TCM. Dennis, nicknamed Spider by his mother has been institutionalized with acute schizophrenia for some 20 years. He has never truly recovered, however, and as the story progresses we vicariously experience his increasingly fragile grip on reality.

3.25am, Chase a Crooked Shadow, Talking Pictures. A man shows up at Kimberley Prescott's villa claiming to be her brother. But Ward Prescott died in a car accident a year ago, so how can this man be him? Despite Kim's protests that the stranger isn't her brother, everyone else accepts him, including their uncle. Kim begins to fear for her sanity and her life


4:45pm, Mr Jones (1993), Sony Movie Channel. Psychological drama about a manic-depressive who begins a romance with his female psychiatrist, who becomes infatuated with him, and sacrifices her professional ethics to keep the relationship alive.

9pm, Alastair Campbell - Depression And Me, BBC 2

10pm, Hoarders - Buried Alive In My Bedroom, Channel 5.

10:50pm, Twelve Monkeys (1995), SyFy channel. Science fiction/Thriller movie - A convict from 2035 AD is sent back in time to find the cause of a virus which has wiped out most of the planet's population and driven the survivors underground. However, he mistakenly arrives in 1990 instead of 1996 and is locked in an asylum, where he meets a fellow inmate who may have a part to play in the epidemic.

(Many people misunderstand or fail to realise the true ending - the woman passenger on the plane maligning the human race - realise that she booked that very seat - recognise her from anywhere?)

12am, A Severed Head (1971), Talking Pictures. The wine taster and merchant Martin Lynch-Gibbon is married to the shallow and spoiled Antonia Lynch-Gibbon, and loves his mistress Georgie Hands. Antonia is under therapy with Martin's best friend, the psychiatrist Palmer Anderson. One day, Antonia decides to ask for a divorce from Martin, to live with Palmer, but they want to keep Martin as their friend. When Palmer's sister Dr. Honor Klein comes from Oxford to stay with her brother, she discloses the affair of Georgie, who was her student, and Martin to Palmer and Antonia.

Meanwhile, Martin's brother Alexander Lynch-Gibbon has a love affair with Georgie, and Martin falls in unrequited love with Honor, but he discovers a secret about Palmer. Who will stay with whom in the end?


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, Psycho Pussies - Mad Cat Attacks, Channel 5

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

2.15pm, Killer Nurse, Channel 5. A young woman takes in her estranged father after he suffers a stroke, but his home-care nurse's attentive dedication may be masking a dark and dangerous secret.

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

1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.


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.