Mental health TV this week - Sat 18/8/2019 to Fri 23/8/2019



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Mental health TV this week - Sat 18/8/2019 to Fri 23/8/2019


9pm, Takin' Over the Asylum, BBC Scotland. Drama serial set in a psychiatric hospital.

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

9pm, Bridget Jones's Baby, Channel 5

10:15pm, Brain in Gear, BBC 2. An anxious young woman attempts to cope with the two personifications of her inner thoughts - one which encourages her to be impulsive and another that fears everything.

Written by and starring Gbemisola Ikumelo.

10.50pm, Couples Retreat, Comedy Central. 2009 comedy centered around four couples who settle into a tropical-island resort for a vacation. While one of the couples is there to work on the marriage, the others fail to realize that participation in the resort's therapy sessions is not optional.

11pm, Takin' Over the Asylum, BBC Scotland. Drama serial set in a psychiatric hospital.

Monday night

1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.

1am, Dark Matters: Twisted but True, Discovery 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 serial killers? (Burke and Hare)

Einstein's Revenge - as a Jew he is expelled from Nazi Germany only to then assist in building the Atom Bomb for the Allies.


10pm, Kathy Burke : All Woman, Channel 4. The lives of modern British women

10.20pm, Dark Minds, Sky Cinema Premiere. After the troubled Josh meets with a therapist named Emily, she discovers he is obsessed with his actor brother, Craig. Josh experiences haunting hallucinations and develops feelings for his therapist, but it seems she only has eyes for Craig.

Psychological thriller, starring Zachary Quinto, Jon Hamm and Jenny Slate.

10.45pm, Ross Kemp - Living With Online Gambling Addiction, ITV 1.

0.15am, Broke, BBC 2. People in poverty


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


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

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, This Way Up, Channel 4. Aisling Bea as Aine, who is trying to put her life back together after a breakdown, with Sharon Horgan as her concerned sister.

10pm, Chicago Med - Lemons and Lemonade, Universal TV. Choi tries to help an anorexic patient who is resistant to treatment.

1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.


2.15pm, Psycho In-Law, Channel 5. 2017 thriller - it's been two years since Tina's husband-to-be, Brock, lost his first wife in a tragic accident. Tina's only obstacle is Joyce, Brock's former mother-in-law, who is determined to stop the marriage

4pm, Star Trek: Voyager : The Thaw, Syfy.

(Due to yet more implausible curious interference with alien machines found in space that they know absolutely nothing about) the crew encounter Fear personified (as a clown ironically) - who can scare them to death too since telepathic so knowing exactly how to do it! How to deal with that?

(An interesting concept given that it has been found that racing drivers, mountaineers, bomb disposal experts and serial killers often have the same personality type - why do people take risks knowing the danger? Have they no fear or do they just deal with it differently?)

Plot-hole : Tuvok the telepathic Vulcan who can suppress his fears or any other emotion for that matter and also block his thoughts from other telepaths if wanting too - nobody thinks to simply summon him to take it on etc. Ok so initially they send the holographic Doctor whose mind can't be read and can't feel fear either but still - better to have 2 against 1 - especially considering that they send others too.

(Allusions - the machine was created by the Kohl people - which is the German word for "cabbage" and the surname of that nation's leader Helmut at the time of re-unification in 1990 - if any of that alludes to anything in this. The Star Trek franchise is known for `in' jokes though)

9pm, Perception, 5 USA. Dr. Daniel Pierce is an eccentric neuropsychiatrist who uses his unique outlook to help the federal government solve complex criminal cases.

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

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

11pm, Bridget Jones's Baby, Channel 5


9.30am, 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)