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Mental health TV shows - Saturday 20/10/2018 to Friday 26/10/2018



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May 8, 2008
(sorry i'm a day late with this)


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

11:35pm, A Severed Head, Talking Pictures. 1971 comedy drama despite the gruesome title (which is actually a pun). Antonia Lynch-Gibbon, wife of upper-class wine dealer Martin, falls in love with her husband's best friend, noted psychiatrist Palmer Anderson. While both Palmer and Antonia would like to remain in Martin's life, he has some secrets of his own: namely, a mistress called Georgie, whom his womanising brother also desires! All the while, Palmer's sister seems to know everyone's business.

11.50pm, Celebrities in Therapy, 5 Select.


11am, Master Of The World, Film 4. Jules Verne - this time the insane Captain Nemo has an airship (yes really)

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

9:45pm, Louis Theroux: Talking to Anorexia, BBC 2. The reporter meets patients at two of London's largest eating disorder facilities, following them through a daily routine of scheduled eating, weigh-ins and group therapy both on and off the wards. Louis discovers the hold the condition has over them, leaving many unsure if they can recover, or want to.

0.10am, Psyche 59, Talking Movies. In London the pregnant wife of an industrialist falls down the stairs, loses her sight and has no recollection of the events, but suspects that a mentally traumatic experience prior to the fall actually caused her accident.

2am, Sharp Objects - Vanish, Sky Atlantic. Drama starring Amy Adams, based on the book of the same name by Gillian Flynn, following the story of a troubled newspaper reporter who travels back to her hometown to cover the story of the murders of two young girls. When she returns to her hometown, reporter Camille Preaker is confronted by psychological demons from her troubled past.


11.15pm, Side Effects, Film 4. A young woman's world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects.

1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.

Tuesday night

1:45am, Slenderman Killings: Beyond Evil, 5 Star. After leading to an attempted murder by 2 mentally ill teenage girls, journalist Vick Hope investigates the disturbing rise in online horror stories and characters like the Slender Man, and how the increasingly blurred line between online fantasy and reality could inspire even more violence in the future.


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 - CNN.com

9pm, Trevor McDonald and the Killer Nurse, ITV 1. Revisiting the extraordinary case of serial killer, Beverley Allitt, a nurse who murdered four children in her care in 1991 at Grantham Hospital in Lincolnshire. Through exclusive interviews with her surviving victims and access to recordings of Allitt's police interviews, Trevor McDonald attempts to find answers to the question that still haunts everyone involved in the story - why did she do it?

Wikipedia - "She showed symptoms of factitious disorder, also known as Munchausen syndrome or Munchausen syndrome by proxy. This controversial disorder is described as involving a pattern of abuse in which a perpetrator ascribes to, or physically falsifies illnesses in, someone under their care to attract attention to themselves."

10pm, Bull, Fox. Dr Jason Bull is a trial consultant psychologist


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

7.30pm, Tonight, ITV 1. Mental health nurses

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

(Another series of The Big Bang Theory is on Thursday at 8pm on E4 - so right before this actually - by this point in that series Sheldon somehow has a girlfriend)

9pm, Instinct, Sky Witness. A retired CIA officer working as a college psychological behavioural professor and author

US drama series, starring Alan Cumming and Bojana Novakovic.

10pm, Women on the Verge, W channel. Comedy series starring Kerry Condon, Nina Sosanya and Eileen Walsh as friends struggling to cope with complicated lives. Alison plans to get back with her ex even though she does not love him, Laura tries to get her life in order after a disastrous incident at a family christening, and Katie considers artificial insemination.

1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.

2.40am, The Possibilities Are Endless, Film 4. 2014 documentary telling the story of Edwyn Collins, the Scottish songwriter who suffered a stroke so severe that it effectively deleted the contents of his mind. After a career as an internationally acclaimed lyricist, he lost all language skills and was only able to say "Yes". "No", "The Possibilities are Endless" and "Grace Maxwell" (his wife's name). His slow recovery is shown.

His biggest hit was in early 1983 with his band Orange Juice - the song Rip it Up if you remember that one. (It reminds me of Liverpool beating Man Utd in the League Cup Final that year. There was a weird pattern from 1982 to 1984 where whoever Liverpool beat in the League Cup Final then won the FA Cup Final - Spurs, Man Utd and Everton in case you are wondering. So yes I remember it).

See the pop video here - YouTube


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

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

10pm, Bull, Fox. Dr Jason Bull is a trial consultant psychologist


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.