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Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive

Premier :: 2006-07-23

on BBC

Genre :: Documentary
9.3/10


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Summary

This two-part documentary investigates the reality of living with bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression. Comedian, actor, author and film-maker Stephen Fry meets celebrities and members of the public who talk frankly about the impact the condition has on their lives. During the two programmes, Stephen Fry talks in detail about his own experience of having bipolar disorder. He recounts his suicide attempt after walking out of the West End play Cellmates in 1995, and the continuing severe mood swings he has to endure. Stephen interviews other celebrities with bipolar, including Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, Hollywood star Richard Dreyfus and British comedians Tony Slattery and Jo Brand. He also meets ordinary people and their families coping with the condition and talks to them about some of the possible triggers. They all speak candidly about how bipolar disorder has affected their day-to-day lives.

Latest Episode

Series 1 - Episode 2 - Part 2
Aired - 26 September 2006

Episode summary:

In the second of two episodes, Stephen reveals in detail for the first time how this illness overwhelmed him 11 years ago and caused him to attempt suicide. Since then, he has had to figure out ways of living with it.

Watch Episodes Online - Episode Guide

+ Series 1

+ Episode - 2 Part 2 Aired - 26 September 2006
+ Episode - 1 Part 1 Aired - 19 September 2006

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