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Mental health TV shows - Saturday 22/6/2019 to Friday 28/6/2019



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Mental health TV shows - Saturday 22/6/2019 to Friday 28/6/2019


9.35pm, Piers Morgan's Life Stories - Alan Sugar, ITV 1. He reflects on his teenage years, the death threats he received during his tenure as chairman of Tottenham Hotspur and how he experienced a “mini nervous breakdown” while fighting a libel case.

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

2am, Dark Matters: Twisted but True: Remote Control Man; Cadavers for Sale; Einstein's Revenge, Discovery Science channel. Unethical science.

Remote Control Man - how did Spanish neurologist Jose Delgado use electronics to treat mental illness?


Cadavers for Sale - why did anatomist Sir Roger Knox buy corpses from a pair of enterprising serial killers? (The Burke and Hare saga in 1820's Edinburgh)

Einstein's Revenge - how The Nazis forced Einstein out of Germany for being Jewish, only for him to emigrate to the US and help it build the atom bomb!

2am, Dark Matters: Twisted but True: Theremin; The Monster Study; Roid Rage, Discovery Science channel. Unethical science.

The Monster Study - why did stuttering speech pathologist Johnson conduct cruel studies on orphans?


Theremin - how did the Russian inventor and spy Theremin create unique covert listening devices?
Roid Rage - the side effects of steroids

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.


10.05pm, UFO - The Psychobombs, Forces TV. Via the use of psychology the aliens transform 3 humans into walking bombs

(At the start the transformed woman has a man sleeping next to her in bed but later on she is only interested in colonel Foster with no explanation of why she dumped the other bloke - so not only are the aliens abducting people they are home wreckers too)

Midnight, The Undiscovered Kenneth Williams, Sky Arts. A fascinating insight into the troubled life of Kenneth Williams, one of the UK's best-loved comic performers who starred in more than 20 Carry On films.

1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.

Tuesday night

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.


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, 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.

9pm, UFO - Mindbender, 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, an alien placed crystal causes Lieutenant Andy Conroy, Straker, and other SHADO operatives to hallucinate.
In a brilliant piece of surrealism - commander Ed Straker hallucinates that he is merely an actor in a TV series about UFOs and aliens! He then steps out of the set and onto the real-world studio sound stage where UFO was filmed, and we can see all the sets that were used to film the series. The actors are now called by their real first names. (One of the "Mexican" bandits is merely that Spanish actor from Mind Your Language!) We also see that the Moonbase set is merely adjacent to the Earth-based one - well of course it is! The Moonbase women are now merely actresses having their wigged hair prepared etc - brilliant!


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

7pm, NCIS - Corporal Punishment, Universal TV. A traumatised marine escapes from a psychiatric unit, convinced he is still fighting in Iraq. The agents believe his erratic behaviour indicates post-traumatic stress disorder and try to calmly talk him round before restraining him. However, blood tests reveal high levels of steroids in his system - meaning someone is using him as a human lab-rat.

Starring Lauren Holly, Sean Murray and Cote de Pablo.

9pm, Psychopath With Piers Morgan, ITV 1. The killer Paris Bennett

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, Big Little Lies - The End of the World, Sky Atlantic. Madeline is forced to confront her issues at a couples therapy session with Dr Reisman

10pm, Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity, W channel. The journalist immerses himself in the world of Ohio's maximum security state psychiatric hospitals, meeting patients who have committed crimes - some horrifically violent - while suffering from severe mental illnesses. In the first of a two-part programme, Louis spends time with patients who are attempting to come to terms with what they have done and talks to the clinicians entrusted with delivering the treatment it is hoped will one day lead to their reintegration back into society.

(Part 2 immediately follows it at 11pm)

11.30pm, Spider, TCM. A schizophrenic released after a lengthy stay in a psychiatric hospital struggles to adapt to the routine of living in a halfway house. He finds himself drawn back to his childhood haunts in the East End, where he pieces together the memories that recreate the trauma that led to his mental breakdown - causing his fragile grip on reality to slip again.

David Cronenberg's psychological thriller, with Ralph Fiennes, Miranda Richardson, Gabriel Byrne, Lynn Redgrave and Bradley Hall.

1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.

2:15am, The Protectors - A Pocketful of Posies, ITV 4. A popular singer fears for her sanity when she starts being terrorised by ghosts.

Drama, starring Robert Vaughn, Nyree Dawn Porter and Eartha Kitt.


9pm, Wild Things (1998), W channel. A high-school counsellor is accused of rape by a student whose advances he spurned

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

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

1:15am, Splendor in the Grass, TCM. A teenage girl in 1920's Kansas is put under pressure from her parents to restrain her sexual desires, while her boyfriend's equally domineering family have plans for his future that do not involve her. As they are pushed apart, she ends up in a mental hospital.

Elia Kazan's romantic drama, starring Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty in his screen debut, Pat Hingle and Audrey Christie.


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.


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Oct 23, 2017
Thanks Gobrien. Looks like you put a lot of work into this. Might have to check some of these out :)