Archive: 17 September 2006

Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the…

Tue 19 Sep, 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm 60mins

…Manic Depressive

In the first of two revealing documentaries, Stephen Fry explores the world of manic depression, a mental illness which affects up to 4,000,000 people in the UK, including Stephen, and one which can shatter and wreck lives as well as make them.

Motivated by his own diagnosis which came11 years ago after a breakdown and suicide attempt, Stephen Fry sets out to uncover more about a greatly misunderstood condition which drives those who have it from extreme highs to crippling and often suicidal lows.

On an emotional yet entertaining journey, Stephen describes the impact on his own life and meets up with celebrities such as Robbie Williams, Carrie Fisher, Tony Slattery and Rick Stein, as well as ordinary people overwhelmed by manic depression to discuss what triggers it and why it takes, on average, a staggering nine years to diagnose. Very strong language.

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