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Mental health TV shows - Saturday 29/6/2019 to Friday 5/7/2019



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Mental health TV shows - Saturday 29/6/2019 to Friday 5/7/2019

This was on last week;

Star Trek Voyager - Pathfinder

In an episode set mainly on Earth, a scientist who used to work on board the Enterprise (in the TNG franchise) becomes obsessed with the idea that he can make contact with the lost Voyager ship, by creating an artificial wormhole through space. However, others on Earth research his medical file and comes to the conclusion that he is mentally unstable due to his previous Holodeck addition, and assign him a counsellor. He has created a Holodeck version of Voyager.

Sci-fi drama, starring Kate Mulgrew and Robert Duncan McNeill, with a guest appearance by Marina Sirtis as counsellor Deanna Troi.

(Holodecks are a very advanced form of Virtual Reality)

More -

(In the Holodeck scenes the "Safetys" are clearly set to "On" - which means players can injure or kill the VR characters but not be hurt themselves)

And this one was on too;

Star Trek Voyager - Repression

Now a little further on in the series, Voyager can now received regular transmissions from Earth, but an evil Bajoran (part of the Maquis group) secretly takes advantage of that - which gives Tuvok the symptoms of schizophrenia..

(Wider background - Voyager consists of a combined crew of Starfleet and Maquis - who began as enemies but put their difference aside to get home. Tuvok the Vulcan was a Starfleet spy amongst the Maquis - that didn't matter when he was unmasked on the far side of the galaxy - but it matters again now)

Here -


9pm, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, Sky Atlantic. This intimate portrait examines one of the world's most beloved and inventive comedians. Told largely through Robin's own voice and using a wealth of never-before-seen archival footage, the film examines his extraordinary life and career and reveals the spark of madness that drove him.

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

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

11.30pm, The Swimmer, Talking Pictures. 1968 surreal drama. A man realises that everyone in his road has a swimming pool in their back garden, and so he can `swim' back to his own house that way - in reality though exposing his own mental instability.

1.15am, The Ghoul, Film 4. A homicide detective goes undercover as a patient to investigate a psychotherapist he believes is linked to a strange double murder. As his therapy sessions continue though, the line between fantasy and reality begins to blur.


7pm, Fraud Squad NHS, BBC 1

9pm, Space 1999 : Death's Other Dominion, Forces TV. Old Gerry Anderson series. A major explosion has sent the Moon (and the base upon it) into space. In this one, planet colonists seem to have discovered immortality, but is the dismissed Shakespeare quoting 'madman' amongst them the only one who knows the truth?

Brian Blessed shouts a lot - well he does of course.

10pm, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Mother, 5 USA. An eminent forensic psychiatrist is found beaten up and left for dead in a drug den. Benson and Stabler overcome the restrictions posed by doctor-patient confidentiality to uncover the link between the attack and an unsolved homicide.

Hard-hitting drama, starring Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay and Dann Florek.

1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.


10:05pm, Space: 1999: Dragon's Domain, Forces TV. Old Gerry Anderson series. A major explosion has sent the Moon (and the base upon it) into space.

In this one (the episode every fan remembers) earlier when the Moon was still in Earth orbit, an astronaut claims that a large "dragon" (actually more of an octopus when you see it) ate the missing crew of an expedition that he alone returned from - but he is dismissed as mentally unstable - especially when he claims that laser guns cannot harm it and only axes and swords etc can. However the drifting Moon then enters the same region of space.

A re-working of the old European fables St George And The Dragon (the weapons used and how it eats more women than men) and Beowulf or Jabberwocky (whoever attacks it second always has more success than any primary attacker) - though fan sites claim the latter was actually due to actor rivalries on set over who got to launch the better attacks!

10.45pm, Psychopath With Piers Morgan, ITV 1. The killer Paris Bennett


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.

10pm, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Exile, Universal TV. The team investigates an attack on a homeless woman with a dual personality, who subsequently goes missing.

11.15pm, Town On Trial, Talking Pictures. In a town near London a "good time girl" is murdered, and locals believe she merely got her come upppance (this is 1957), but when another woman is murdered the police start to look into the mental health of the main suspect.

The Hitchcock type ending was filmed at Holy Trinity church in Roehampton - which still exists.


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

8pm, Inside The Ambulance, W channel. A man having anxiety attacks

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.

9pm, Legion, Fox. David Haller is a troubled young man diagnosed as schizophrenic, but after a strange encounter, he discovers special powers that will change his life forever.

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, Fright Fest, Sky Cinema Premiere. In smalltown Somerton, Pennsylvania, drug-crazed director Spencer Crowe is hired to create a horror film festival at an abandoned psychiatric institution. However, it becomes a real-life nightmare when a murderous prison inmate turns up and starts slaughtering the attendees.

Horror, starring Dylan Walsh and Romeo Miller

1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.


2.15pm, Forgotten Evil, Channel 5. A woman has amnesia

8.30pm, Rising Damp Forever double bill, ITV 3. Featuring the background of troubled actor Richard Beckinsale (Kate's father)

(The boxing one is the funniest of that old ITV sitcom - the middle aged Rigsby challenges student Philip to a boxing match - but begins to realise that might be a big error. However when middle aged spinster Miss Jones offers herself as the "prize", Philip decides to "throw" the fight to hand Rigsby a hollow and pyrrhic victory. When the show mentions the filming of some episodes being held up due to massive studio audience laughter it is clips of that episode that is shown)

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

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

11.45pm, The Mind of Mr Soames, Talking Pictures. Since his birth 30 years ago, John Soames has been in a coma. Now he's operated on and brought to life in a neurologic clinic. A tense plan shall make him develop from a 30 year old baby to a man, but there's no time for the love and care that a normal baby would receive.


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.