Mental health TV shows - Saturday 25/5/2019 to Friday 31/5/2019

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Mental health TV shows - Saturday 25/5/2019 to Friday 31/5/2019


Saturday

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



10pm, Hannibal - Aperitif, 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.

First episode of the drama based on characters from Thomas Harris's novel Red Dragon, starring Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy and Laurence Fishburne.



10:10pm, Psyche '59 (1964), Talking Pictures TV. The blind wife of an industrialist begins to learn that her malady may not be the result of an injury.



Sunday

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.



10:45pm, Couples Retreat, ITV 1. A couple on the brink of divorce sign up for relationship therapy on a tropical island, but find they can save money if they persuade their friends to join them. Three more couples go along for the holiday, thinking they do not need any help - but the unconventional treatment soon exposes cracks in their relationships.

Comedy starring Vince Vaughn, Malin Akerman, Jon Favreau and Jason Bateman.



2:10am. Rebel Without a Cause (1955), TCM. A rebellious teenager at odds with his family and society at large finds hope through his relationship with the girl next door, and a new but equally troubled school friend, but a tragic accident threatens his stability.



Monday night

12:35am, Panorama - Undercover Hospital Abuse Scandal, BBC 2. A shocking undercover report from a hospital for vulnerable adults, revealing patients being mocked, taunted and intimidated by abusive staff. Throughout the programme, reporter Olivia Davies films patients with autism and learning difficulties being deliberately provoked by staff who then physically restrain them. The investigation comes eight years after the scandal of abuse at Winterbourne View, another specialist hospital, when the Government promised to reform care for the most vulnerable. Now they stand accused of failing to keep that promise by families, campaigners and whistleblowers.



1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.



Tuesday

10pm, A Bipolar Expedition, Community (aka Together). 49 year old Midland businessman Paul Downes hired a castle in Jamaica and invited 12 attractive young Ukranian women to join him. We explore the origins of Paul's bipolar, the impact on his life.



10pm, Murdered By My Stalker, Channel 5



10pm, First Dates, Channel 4. Dating diners include Tyrone, a 33-year-old prison officer with ADHD. He meets Jason, a retail manager who wants some fire in his life.



11:15pm, Darcey Bussell: Dancing to Happiness, BBC 2. The ex-Strictly judge meets people who use dance as therapy to see if it works, as part of her mission to improve the state of the nation's mental health. In Manchester, Darcey meets inspiring choreographer and dancer Kevin Turner, who has started a therapeutic dance project for young women who have been referred by a local support group, while in Bury, the Silver Swans are using dance to overcome the isolation and loneliness that so often troubles people when they retire.




Wednesday

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, Psych Pussies - Mad Cat Attacks, Channel 5



10:35pm, Schizo (1976), Horror Channel. Disturbing horror film with more red-herrings than a metaphor about red-herrings by Rowan Atkinson in Blackadder. Samantha is stalked by a mentally ill released murderer, but no-one believes her. Even her psychiatrist dismisses her concerns as part of her neurosis.

(Plot hole - at the denouement I always thought that fingerprints on the murder weapon tended to be obvious and rather compelling evidence in such cases - but no mention of how the authorities somehow missed that when we see that the killer wears no gloves)

Weird coincidence - the woman in the big red hat at the wedding plays basically the same character and even wears the same clothes as she did in an episode of sitcom Fawlty Towers about a year earlier. The budget in this thriller was so low that some of the actors did wear their own clothes.

Re the stalker bloke (actor Jack Watson) - I love this anecdote if you remember it. In the 1960's in Coronation Street he was Elsie Tanner's boyfriend. He suggested emigrating to Portugal, but at the last minute she stayed behind instead. In 1984 when Pat Phoenix (Elsie Tanner) decided to leave the series, Granada went to all the trouble of tracking down the SAME actor and brought him back, saying he had waited in Portugal all that time and was now back in t'Street to ask her again! And that time she left with him.




11:10pm, Steaming (1985), Talking Pictures. Women wrestle with their own personal crises whilst trying to save the relaxing public sauna they frequent from being closed down.

Drama starring Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles and Diana Dors (her last film) .

Contains nudity



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



Thursday

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



12:55pm, How Mad Was King George?, PBS. The reputation of King George III as a foolish madman often overshadows his achievements. New revelations from diaries and letters, and interviews with experts tell another story.


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, The Final Mission: Foxy's War, Channel 4. Almost 10 years ago, former Special Forces soldier Jason Fox spent more than three years in Afghanistan. During that time he saw friends killed and seriously injured and narrowly escaped death several times. He was left with PTSD, meaning he was unable to continue the job he loved. Now he embarks on a highly personal journey back to the country, meeting old friends and former enemies to ask whether the sacrifices were worth the legacy that he, the Afghan people and many of his fellow soldiers have been left to endure.



11:35pm, Dying for a Degree, BBC 1. Telling the story of one family's fight for answers after their daughter took her own life. Natasha Abrahart was one of 11 students at the University of Bristol to kill themselves in a period of just 18 months - and now Natasha's relatives want to know the reasons why.



1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.



Friday

7.30pm, Coronation Street, ITV 1. Carla Connor the t'owner of t'Underwear Factory has psychotic episodes outside t'Rovers

(Conspiracy theory - Man Utd success is never mentioned in this Soap opera but Man City success is - true or not?)



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.



Daily

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.