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Mental health TV this week - Sat 5/10/2019 to Fri 11/10/2019



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Mental health TV this week - Sat 5/10/2019 to Fri 11/10/2019

This was on last week;

Parliament TV, Thursday 3 October, view the video from 13:31:22 hrs onwards. Debate on a Motion relating to women's mental health (so scroll to that correct time) - Parliamentlive.tv

New movie out at cinemas, The Joker, about the Batman villain;

Forget the violence of Joker – Joaquin Phoenix’s epic is in the perfect place to start conversation around how the mentally ill are treated. When it comes to the Todd Phillips-directed flick, it paints a startlingly realistic and sad picture of the perception of people with mental illness by the public. It’s uncomfortable, it’s awkward and it’s 100% something we need to realise is happening around us, not just in Gotham City. The violence of the film and the conversation around incels and gun control has overshadowed an important message of mental illness.

Read more: Joker paints a raw view of mental illness that should have us talking

Theatre play - Mites

A new darkly comic, absurdist play by James Mannion, Mites is a sinister exploration of the manipulation that lies beneath relationships, in particular of those who are mentally vulnerable in society.

A lonely woman, abandoned by her husband, lives in an isolated house with her outspoken, anthropomorphic cat, Bartholomew. One day she is visited by Ken, a Pest Controller, who claims to be her ex-husband returned to her. Deceived by his lies and obsessed with memories of the past, the woman accepts Ken into her life, despite the sceptical protestations of Bartholomew.

As her self-deception grows and Ken's true intentions become clear, how will she survive the competitive machinations of her two male companions? And is there more to Bartholomew than meets the eye?

Tristan Bates Theatre, 1A Tower Street, London WC2H 9NP

Monday October 7 to Saturday October 26.


Post - Show Talks

Tuesday 15th October: Q&A with Terri Paddock - Full Panel TBA

More - Actor Centre | Mites


9pm, Dark Matters: Twisted but True - Dr Lobotomy; Voodoo Rx; Killed by Kindness, Discovery Science. John Noble profiles more strange science, including the work of Egas Moniz who invented the Lobotomy

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

3:40am, Quantum Leap : One Strobe Over the Line, Forces TV. Weird sci-fi series. God makes mistakes (yes really). He then sees Sam building a time machine, and realises that Sam can fix those errors in the past, so Sam has no control over where he goes and "becomes" another person in the past. We at home see Sam (actor Scott Bakula) whilst the people around him "see" the person he has temporarily replaced.

In this one, Sam is a fashion photographer trying to prevent a model's overbearing agent from pushing her over the brink.

(Somehow in this God never thinks to send Sam to kill Hitler in 1938 etc - and even when Sam tries to stop Lee Harvey Oswald by transporting him into the future a malfunction in the computer just sends Oswald back to the exact place and time just in time to fire the rifle at JFK anyway!)


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

2pm, Shipwreck Psycho, Yesterday channel. Forensic scientists search a remote island for clues to a 400-year-old murder and attempt to get into the mind of killer Jeronmius Cornelius - was he a psychopath?

Background - in the early 1600's a Dutch ship sailing from Holland bound for the Dutch East Indies (modern Indonesia) flounders off (the as then unsettled) Australia. Around 200 survivors gather on a small island. It soon becomes apparent though that there is not enough food or water - rain water can keep some of them alive - but only some of them.

What entails is either Lord Of The Flies writ large or an existing onboard psychopath's paradise - historians are still arguing. The fittest quickly take a small boat and head towards Java in the Dutch East Indies (ostensibly to get help but certainly best guaranteeing saving themselves) whilst some others travel around the other smaller nearby islands looking for food and water to then share out - of which there is some. On the main island though the leader there soon decides on the best strategy of survival .......

12:10am, Mercury Rising (1998), Channel 4. Centring on the relationship between an FBI agent and the boy in his care. When an autistic child cracks a secret code, the agent is drafted in to protect him from evil government forces, who view killing the boy as an easier option than changing the code. Between dodging bullets and amassing cuts and bruises, a poignant bond develops between the two.


11:10pm, The Beguiled (1971), TCM. As the American Civil War rages, a 12-year-old student of Miss Martha Farnsworth's Seminary for Young Ladies in Mississippi stumbles upon a gravely wounded Union soldier, Corporal John McBurney (Clint Eastwood). Taken in to recover from his injuries (but not handed over to the searching Confederate army), McBurney is imprisoned in a small room inside the mansion. However before long, the seductive and unwanted guest manages to take advantage of the female inhabitants' wartime-subdued desires. But is McBurney really in control of the situation?

1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.



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

4pm, Star Trek : Voyager - Latent Image, Syfy. During an experiment with his holo-imaging device, the holographic Doctor discovers that his short-term memory has been tampered with. (Or - do holograms dream of electric psychotic breaks?)

(Spoiler - when the crew pretend nothing is wrong they are acting - whilst also acting at being a Star Trek crew of course - whatever that is called at acting school. So they should convince you until the denouement if any good at acting. Harrison Ford to George Lucas on the set of Star Wars - "You can easily write this stuff but it is not easy for us actors to say it - move your mouth when you type").

7:30pm, Tonight - Growing Old: Britain's Mental Health Crisis?, ITV 1. Record numbers of people are now being treated for a whole range of problems from anxiety and depression to critical illnesses like dementia. Mental health problems are as common in older adults as younger ones, yet it is claimed people are less likely to get help as they age. Fiona Foster investigates Britain's mental health crisis.

10pm, Quantum Leap - Glitter Rock, Forces TV. In this one, Sam finds himself fronting a 1970s British rock band and trying to avoid a mystery stalker.

(Apart from Peter Noone who plays their manager the "British" rock band are actually played by American actors doing fake accents! See how obvious it is - then again the actors in Spinal Tap fooled me)

1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.


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

10pm, The Mind of Mr Soames (1970), Talking Pictures TV. Scientists clash over an accelerated education programme made for a 30-year-old man who has been in a coma since birth.

10pm, Discovery Science - Dark Matters: Twisted but True, Discovery Science.

Operation Brainwash - in order to help his troubled psychiatric patients, Ewen Cameron devises a number of methods to manipulate the brain that attracts the attention of the CIA.


Resurrection Row - Dr Robert Cornish devises a way to cheat death, but his only willing test-subject is a death row inmate with nothing to lose. (How resuscitation techniques were pioneered)

Rabid Roulette - the unnerving story of Louis Pasteur and the fight against rabies - how far would you go to save countless of lives, would you put your career on the line and the life of a child? (How the rabies vaccine was developed)


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)

The next week;

Mon 14 Oct

11pm, Quantum Leap - Shock Theatre, Forces TV. Sam occupies the body of a manic depressive in a mental institution and finds himself getting ECT.

Thu 17 Oct

1pm, TJ Hooker - A Kind of Rage, Sony Channel. 1980's police series set in Los Angeles with William Shatner - trying to shirk off his Captain Kirk typecasting from Star Trek (and failing).

In this one, Corrigan's behaviour changes drastically after he receives a blow on the head

Goof - one minute the gunman has a hostage, and yes we see her escape, but we don't see him lose the gun that he suddenly doesn't have anymore after that, or maybe she took that too, she is American after all.

(Made about 7 years before the notorious Rodney King police brutality incident by Los Angeles police - but at least only 1 of the 4 police gathered around the black man on the floor nearly beats him to death here - so either coincidence or maybe William Shatner really is from the future)

In real life it was found that Los Angeles police taking steroids explained far more than them being hit on the head etc - they tended to do that to other people.