Mental health TV this upcoming week

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9am, 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)




Weekdays

8pm, Facing Evil With Candice De Long, Investigation Discovery. Psychological profiler Candice De Long interviews real-life deadly women, to reveal the motivation behind their murderous crimes.

This is a US series, and so of course the cases often involve the very serious and fatal use of fire-arms by the women.




Saturday


5pm, Untamed Love, True Entertainment. A teacher who specialises in tutoring children with learning difficulties forms a close bond with a violent girl traumatised by years of physical and psychological abuse.

Fact-based drama, starring Cathy Lee Crosby, Ashlee Lauren, John Getz and Richard Fancy





7pm, Hoarding: Buried Alive, TLC





8.30pm, You're Back In The Room, ITV 1. Hypnosis-based game show







10pm, Ghost Asylum, Discovery Science. Investigating supposedly haunted buildings in America, abandoned asylums




10pm, Criminal Minds - The Edge of Winter, Sky Living. Unanswered questions surrounding an old murder case lie heavy on Morgan's mind, prompting him to look for definitive answers. The search takes him to New York, where a key witness resides in a mental-health facility. It comes to light the killer had an accomplice who was never caught, and with justice long overdue, the agents set about finding the vigilante, only to be thrown a curveball as they near their target




11pm, Yes Man, ITV 1. Movie (2008). A depressed and anti-social loans adviser attends a self-improvement course and decides to start saying yes to every opportunity that comes his way. His life is immediately transformed, but he soon realises that some invites should not be accepted and struggles to find a balance in his life.

Comedy, loosely based on the autobiographical book by (lad mag columnist) Danny Wallace, starring Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper and John Michael Higgins.

(In real-life the suggestion to say Yes to everything was made to him merely as part of a bus conversation)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes_Man_(book)





11.10pm, Primal Fear, Sony Channel. 1996 thriller with a multiple personality disorder theme




11:50pm, The Uninvited, BBC 1. Horror following a young girl who returns home from a mental hospital, only to discover her father is involved with a cruel and mysterious woman (Elizabeth Banks). Discovering a ghostly presence, Anna (Emily Browning) has a disturbing and nightmarish recovery











1:25am, The Sopranos, Sky Atlantic. American crime drama television series revolving around the New Jersey-based Italian American mobster Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), the show portrays the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the conflicting requirements of his home life and his criminal organization.

These are often highlighted during his therapy sessions with psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco).

I think he exploits the psychotherapist-patient privilege in the Federal Rules of Evidence so the FBI can't use what he says as evidence etc;

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaffee_v._Redmond

(Subsequent episodes are on subsequent days)








Sunday

11am, The Mentalist, FOX. 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.

(Subsequent episodes are on subsequent days)




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





12:25pm, Columbo: Sex and the Married Detective, 5 USA. A sex therapist tries to pin the blame for the murder of her unfaithful lover on her assistant, but the dishevelled detective refuses to let the matter rest until he discovers the identity of a mysterious woman in black who was spotted leaving the scene of the crime.

Detective drama, starring Peter Falk, Lindsay Crouse, Peter Jurasik and Julia Montgomery





1pm, I Dated a Psycho - triple bill, C + I. Girl meets guy -- girl falls for guy -- guy then turns out to have a dark and deadly secret. You know the drill. As these innocent interviewees tell their real-life dating nightmare stories, we use police, psychologists and dating experts to unravel the mystery behind how these seemingly normal relationships went tragically wrong.





3pm, The Closer - Round File, FOX. Donald Baxter, a former newspaper reporter who now resides at the Summerview Senior Living Center, isn't your ordinary murder suspect. When found wandering the streets with his dead friend though, Baxter initially claims responsibility. He states that he has poisoned the man, as well as six other victims. Brenda is fully prepared to find him incompetent to stand trial, and push him through to the psychiatric dept etc. But as the facts unfold it is clear that there is something more to his story, regarding his use of anti-psychotic medicine

(The episode gets its name from the "round file" - US slang for a litter bin - as in paper reports which you won't be expecting to use again)






4:30pm, Health Check, BBC News Channel. The latest health issues from around the world





6pm, Animal Hoarding, Pick




The schedule of the 5 Star channel from 8pm - 1am, Killing Spree double-bill, followed by the Serial-Killing Couple, then the Yorkshire Ripper, and finally Killer Psychopaths

(What - nothing about Hitler?)




11pm. Anger Management double-bill, 4 Music. Sitcom series based on the movie of the same name about a man who is sentenced to an anger-management programme.

Starring Charlie Sheen






3am, Odd Girl Out, True Movies 2. A high-school student seems to have it all. But a jealous rival begins spinning a web of lies which causes her friends to turn against her - and sparks an increasingly vicious cycle of bullying. As the troubled youngster sinks into depression, her mother vows to do whatever it takes to put things right - and restore her daughter's self-confidence.

Thoughtful teen drama, starring Alexa Vega, Lisa Vidal, Leah Pipes and Alicia Morton




Monday


3pm, Wonder Woman: The Mind Stealers from Outer Space : Part One, Horror Channel. Andros (Dack Rambo) and Diana attempt to retrieve the great minds of America, stolen by the alien Skrill invaders

(Part 2 is the following day)





10pm, Horizon: Living with Autism, BBC 4. This programme reveals how a lifetime of study by developmental psychologist Uta Frith has transformed understanding of the condition. The professor discusses the ways people with autism perceive and interact with the world, reveals how another kind of reality exists for them and explains why they often fail to understand jokes





10.45pm, Girls - Queen for Two Days, Sky Atlantic. Comedy series following the exploits of four cash-strapped, twenty-something Brooklyn women struggling to balance their love lives while finding their feet amidst the bustle of 21st-century New York

In this one, Hannah and her mum take a break from the guys at a female-empowerment retreat.







12:35am, Modern Times, Sky Arts. Factory production line worker Charlie Chaplin gets on the wrong side of his bosses once too often, and is thrown into a mental home - and on his release suffers all manner of mishaps and misunderstandings while trying to eke out a living on the streets. Chaplin's joyful satirical romp poking fun at big industry, which is considered by many to be a thinly veiled attack on the rise of the Hollywood system.

Paulette Goddard co-stars, but the film belongs to the writer, director and star

It is a `silent' movie made in the Sound era.

From Wikipedia - most of the film was shot at "silent speed", 18 frames per second, which when projected at "sound speed", 24 frames per second, made the slapstick action appear even more frenetic. Available prints of the film now correct this.

(i.e. silent movies appear speeded up only because they are loaded into modern sound projectors. Originally they ran at normal speed but when the speeded up effect provided by the new equipment gave them a new lease of life in the Sound era it was adopted as the normal running speed for them! Purists run them at the intended speed - which is what I think Sky Arts do)




3am, Bates Motel, Universal Channel. Horror series based on Psycho

(Subsequent episodes are on subsequent days)




Tuesday


3.15pm, The Wrong Woman, Channel 5. Ellen Plainview, a sweet, caring, working wife and mother, answers the door one afternoon to learn that she is under arrest for attempted murder. She enters a legal nightmare as the evidence against her accumulates until it is overwhelming. Her friends and even her policeman husband begin to doubt her innocence, to the point where even she wonders if she somehow committed the violent horrible crime without remembering it, especially when it turns out that the victim was a young woman who was having an affair with her husband!

(Er. right)





7pm, Star Trek: The Next Generation: Frame of Mind, Syfy. Riker finds himself cast as an inmate of a mental asylum in one of Dr Crusher's plays. However, he soon finds fantasy and reality blurring into one.

Sci-fi adventure, starring Jonathan Frakes




8pm, Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, Channel 4






9pm, The A Word - episode 1, BBC 1. The various generations of the Hughes family, who all love, work and fight like any other clan, find they must learn to communicate all over again when the youngest member is diagnosed with autism.

The opening episode of the drama sees the extended family reunite in the Lake District for Joe's fifth birthday party, but tensions soon rise among Alison, Paul and patriarch Maurice.

Starring Morven Christie, Lee Ingleby and Christopher Eccleston





9pm, The Great British Benefits Handout, Channel 5. Three long-term unemployed families on benefits are given a cash lump sum of £26,000 in return for signing off the dole, to see if they have what it takes to improve their lives and escape the benefits trap. This opening episode introduces the three families, including Tony and Diane from Hull and their 21-year-old son Michael, who persuades his parents to let him buy the latest Play Station. Scott and Leanne from Liverpool order some bouncy castles as they start a party business, while single mum Rachel treats her family and friends to an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet

The families are supported by a team of advisers, including psychologist Honey Langcaster-James




10pm, Louis Theroux: Extreme Love - Autism, BBC 4. Louis visits a school in America for people with autism - a developmental disorder characterised by difficulties with social interaction and communication. The DLC Warren in New Jersey is one of the most innovative centres of its kind, with specialised intervention designed to help both the students and the families who care for them. He meets 13-year-old Joey, whose mother Carol is finding it increasingly difficult to cope with his explosive tantrums, 19-year-old Nicky, who has written a novel, and 20-year-old Brian, whose extreme behaviour has led to the decision to place him in residential care




10pm, South of Hell, Pick. Supernatural horror drama series, starring Mena Suvari as Maria Abascal, a demon-hunter-for-hire wandering across South Carolina on a mission to rid innocent souls of possession by the forces of darkness. However, Maria's ability to banish evil beings stems from her own possession by Abigail, a green-eyed demon capable of consuming her own kind, and the pair must enter an uneasy alliance to achieve their respective goals

(Seems like a Buffy rip-off)





2:20am, Donnie Darko, Horror Channel. A disturbed teenager finds himself thrown into confusion as he's plagued by visions of a sinister giant rabbit that forces him to commit wanton acts of destruction in the community. Excellent, inspired fantasy which packs an unexpected emotional punch and creates a stunning, dreamlike atmosphere.

Jake Gyllenhaal is simply brilliant in the lead, alongside real-life sister Maggie, plus Jena Malone, Daveigh Chase, Holmes Osborne and Mary McDonnell. Patrick Swayze, Drew Barrymore and Noah Wyle also appear




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 - CNN.com



6pm, Star Trek: Whom Gods Destroy, CBS Action. Kirk and Spock beam down to an asylum for the criminally insane to deliver some medical supplies, but run into trouble when they're taken prisoner by an inmate with the power to assume any shape.

William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy star




9pm, Employable Me - episode 1, BBC 1. Documentary following some of Britain's most extraordinary job seekers as they prove that having Tourette's syndrome or autism should not make them unemployable.

In the first edition, 52-year-old Paul has a severe case of Tourette's, but is determined to succeed at work again, and with the help of leading scientists, uncovers extraordinary talents. Meanwhile, 34-year-old Brett has autism and visits a world-renowned expert, who reveals his true hidden genius





9pm, 24 Hours In A & E, Channel 4. A man who has hurt his knee whilst playing frisbee talks about his depression




9pm, Born to Kill: Peter Moore - 'The Man in Black', Really. Psychologists and criminology experts analyse the personalities of some of the world's most infamous murderers, and consider what may have motivated them to carry out horrific crimes






9pm, Limitless double-bill, Sky 1. A man with extraordinary, drug-induced cognitive powers solves complex cases for the FBI.

Sci-fi drama series based on the movie - starring Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter and Hill Harper





10.50pm, Girl Interrupted, Sony Movie Channel. A female would-be writer in the 1960's is committed to an exclusive psychiatric ward by her parents after attempting suicide, but the move seems to cause more problems than it solves.

This emotional drama follows the same lines as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but lacks both the subtlety and power of that classic offering. Still, Winona Ryder gives a good gamine performance in the lead, and co-star Angelina Jolie won an Oscar. With Clea Duvall, Brittany Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg and Vanessa Redgrave






11:45pm, Wedding Daze, BBC 1. A young man named Anderson hatches a plan to propose to his girlfriend, but events take a tragic turn when his intended fiancee drops dead while he is in the process of asking for her hand in marriage! A year later, Anderson is searching for a way to overcome his depression, and he hits on the idea of spontaneously asking a waitress to be his wife. Amazingly, she agrees, but the news is met with a decidedly lukewarm response from the couple's friends and family.

Romantic comedy, starring Jason Biggs, Isla Fisher and Audra Blaser



Thursday

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




4pm, Law & Order: Avatar, Universal Channel. Callers to the emergency services report seeing a photograph of a murdered woman on the Internet, and when Green and Cassady investigate, they realise that her clothes do not fit properly. They trace her unusual attire to a mentally disturbed man, who protests that the victim's daughter asked him to kill her mother.

Crime drama, starring Jesse L Martin and Milena Govich







8pm, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Empok Nor, CBS Action. A mission to salvage equipment from an abandoned space station leaves an away team in a vulnerable position and under attack from enemy forces. Meanwhile, aboard the ship, Garak appears to be possessed by the spirit of a Cardassian killer.

Galactic skulduggery, starring Avery Brooks and Andrew J Robinson

Just a bit of background to help you out if not a regular viewer;

There was a war between Cardassia and the (Human-led) Federation, and at its conclusion a Caradassian called Garak (actor Andrew J Robinson) was cast out by his own people, and now lives amongst the Humans etc (his true background is often arcane - often deliberately so as a plot device to introduce new storylines etc).

But essentially Garak is still a Cardassian of course - so in this one the weird substance on the space station affecting the psychology of the other Cardassians already there affects him too when he then visits. O'Brien and Garak were in the Federation/Cardassian war on opposing sides.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elim_Garak

His name (often pronounced `garik') and his new profession amongst Humans etc as a stern but mere tailor with a curt attitude and who might be very influential really but always pretends not to be (like James Bond etc), MIGHT be an `in' joke re the famous stuffy conservative interminable posh Garrick Club in London - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garrick_Club

Even in this episode with his mind disturbed he still remains essentially an arcane figure - who is he trying to kill and trying to help?

(The Cardassians in Star Trek are NOT an `in' joke re Kim Kardashian - they first appeared in it many years before she became famous - and anyway it is their NECKS which are very wide)





10:45pm, The Autistic Me, BBC 1. The stories of three young men with differing types of autism, focusing on the pivotal moments on their difficult paths to being accepted as adults. Twenty-three-year-old Oli is looking for work, but his condition means he finds it hard to communicate or deal with pressure. Thomas is approaching 16 and demanding more independence, but this freedom is not forthcoming from his parents. Alex is 24 and looking for love, but socialising can seem an impossible task due to his Asperger's syndrome




12am, Injustice, ITV Encore. Celebrated London barrister William Travers moves his family and practice to Suffolk after suffering a nervous breakdown, and his life is thrown off balance a second time when he sees a familiar shabby figure at a train station.

Thriller, written by Anthony Horowitz (Foyle's War), starring James Purefoy, Charlie Creed-Miles and Dervla Kirwan






Friday


12pm, Criminal Minds: Scared to Death, Sky Living. The team travels to Portland, Oregon, to help in the search for a serial killer who appears to be targeting people new to the area with no strong social ties. The trail leads the agents to a psychiatrist preying on his patients' worst fears




9pm, Dangerman: The Incredible Mr Goodwin, Dave. In this one he escapes from a strait jacket

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straitjacket#Escape_techniques





9pm, Mind of a Murderer, Crime and Investigation. Psychologist Dr. Michelle Ward goes behind bars to interview violent murderers and offer insight into what drives people to kill




The next week;


Saturday night

12:45am, Scanners, Horror Channel. Far-fetched but famous 1981 Canadian thriller.

Private security firm Con Sec plans to showcase potential "scanners" (people with exceptional powers of telekinesis, telepathy, and mind control etc). However, when Con Sec's own `scanner 'person attempts to read the mind of an ordinary person from an invited group as a demonstration, their scanner's own head explodes! (The scene which made the film famous I believe).

Con Sec officials surmise that the volunteer being scanned at the time was himself secretly a `scanner' too (acting pre-emptively to thwart their plan) and so initially take him into custody. However, he is able to use his mental powers to kill the men guarding him and escape - whereupon his is pursued by Con Sec.

You can tell this stuff is made up and that no-one can really do that, because otherwise who wouldn't then use `scanners' on those nuisance phone call people when they ring up?

Uri Geller was the FIRST person voted off I'm A Celebrity when he appeared in it - I rest my case.