Mental health TV shows - Saturday 25/8/2018 to Friday 31/8/2018



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

11.50pm, Celebrities in Therapy, 5 Select.

0.30am, Regression, Channel 4. A detective and a psychoanalyst uncover evidence of a satanic cult


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

9pm, Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity, W channel. Part 1 of 2 - 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.

10pm/2.15am, 999 What's Your Emergency?, More 4. This edition focuses on Wiltshire Police and South West Ambulance call handlers who regularly find themselves counselling people with severe mental health episodes, including one who calls 999 every three seconds claiming he is the archangel Michael.

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.


9pm, Lucifer, Fox. When a grisly murder takes place at an insane asylum, the prime suspect calls himself God. Lucifer, unsure this may be his father, tries to find the real killer.

Tom Ellis stars.

9pm, Drinkers Like Me - Adrian Chiles, BBC 2. Alcoholism

10pm, Beware The Slenderman, Sky Atlantic. In 2014 two 12-year-old girls in Waukesha (Wisconsin, USA) stabbed a 12-year-old classmate 19 times. They claimed that they wished to commit a murder as a first step to becoming proxies for the Slender Man, having read about it online. They also stated that they were afraid that Slender Man would kill their families if they did not commit the murder. After the perpetrators left the scene, the victim crawled out of the woods to a roadway. A passing cyclist alerted authorities, and the victim survived the attack. Both attackers have been diagnosed with mental illnesses

11.50pm, The Bachelors, Sky Cinema Premiere. After the early death of his wife and despite the efforts of a psychiatrist, a mourning father moves with his teenage son across the country for a private school teaching job. Their lives begin to transform due to two unique women, who help them embrace life and love again.


12.10pm, Spellbound, Talking Pictures. A doctor suspects that the new director of the psychiatric hospital where she works is an imposter, and that he is in reality a chronic amnesiac with a tendency to kill. But instead of turning him in to the police, she recklessly decides to unravel the truth about him herself.

Alfred Hitchcock thriller, with Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman, Leo G Carroll, Michael Chekhov and Rhonda Fleming.

9pm, Randal And Hopkirk (Deceased) - Somebody Just Walked Over My Grave, True Entertainment. A private detective is assisted by a ghost partner who only he can see or hear!

In this one, Marty finds somebody digging around his grave. He sends Jeff to investigate at the cemetery, who in doing so is knocked unconscious. Suspecting the cemetery gardener, Jeff accepts a job for a wealthy man in the nearby mansion, and stumbles on an intricate plot to steal his insane agoraphobic son through an underground tunnel


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, Horizon: A Week Without Lying - The Honesty Experiment, BBC 2. In a radical experiment, pioneering scientists from across Europe have come together to use new technology to explore what our world would look like if we could not tell lies. Three British contributors are rigged to make it impossible for them to lie undetected, and are challenged to live for a whole week without telling a single lie. This bold social experiment sets out to discover the role of deception in our lives, and to investigate the impact lying has on our mental state and the consequences of it for our relationships.

(Imagine Donald Trump having to do it)

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

10pm, Hang Ups, Channel 4. Comedy series written by and starring Stephen Mangan as Richard Pitt, a therapist with a chequered professional career, who finds himself at a crossroads in life.

10pm, My Multiple Personalities & Me, Channel 5

(Some listings say The New Wife about ex spouses will be shown instead)

1.20am, Hope Springs, Channel 4. 2012 comedy - after thirty years of marriage a middle-aged couple attend an intense week-long counselling session to work on their relationship.


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

7.30pm/0.30am, Tonight, ITV 1. An estimated eight million people in the UK are struggling with debt problems, which can cause a wide range of financial and mental health issues. Aasmah Mir investigates the mounting debt crisis, and how some people are fighting their way out of trouble.

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 starts 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, Quacks, BBC 2. Spoof medical comedy


10.35pm, The King's Speech, BBC 1. The younger son of King George V struggles to cope with the stresses of an uncontrollable stammer, prompting his wife to enlist the aid of an eccentric Australian speech therapist. The support and friendship of the doctor prove invaluable when a (1936 abdication) crisis places the repressed prince on the throne, just as the outbreak of the Second World War leaves the country in need of a strong king.

Oscar-winning fact-based drama, starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter and Guy Pearce.

(Edward VIII had become king early in 1936 when King George V died. Edward was married to a divorcee though - which led to pressure from the Church Of England etc to forced him out in favour of his younger brother - who became George VI later that year and who then had to address the nation by radio in a speech that he had never expected to ever have to make).

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

11pm, The Silence Of The Lambs, ITV 3. The 1991 psychological profiler themed movie

11:10pm, Anger Management, W channel. A man is forced to go on an anger management course following an unpleasant incident on an aeroplane. However, he quickly comes to the conclusion that his unconventional therapist is the crazy one when the deranged doctor moves in with him and turns his life upside down.

Comedy starring Jack Nicholson, Adam Sandler, Marisa Tomei and Heather Graham.


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.

The next week;

Sat 1/9/2018

6pm, Randal And Hopkirk (Deceased) - Vendetta for a Dead Man, True Entertainment. A private detective is assisted by a ghost partner who only he can see or hear! In this one, a madman named Jansen escapes from a lunatic asylum almost exactly one year after he was locked up by (the now dead) Marty Hopkirk. Seeking revenge, he finds that Marty has already died though (of course), but learns that his widow Jeannie Hopkirk is very much alive, so he hunts Jeannie down instead.

(His widow Jeannie cannot see or hear Marty - only his former detective partner Jeff can)

That Brexit MP woman Anna Soubry - she used to work at Central TV - and she always moaned about how she hated this series made by forerunner ATV!

Spot the similarities with it and Brexit;

e.g. When you hear someone speaking about it, you wonder who they are talking to, because you aren't listening.