Friday, 3 September 2010

Stephen Fry: Secret Life of the Manic Depressive

Stephen Fry (best known for QI/Quite Interesting quiz series) presents this two part journey to explore the effects of manic depression, whilst re-telling his own story of being diagnosed with the condition 10 years ago. He interviews others affected with manic depression or bipolar disorder and travels to the US, where children as young as 4 years old are being prescribed heavy medication. It is certainly an fascinating look into the brilliant, manic and genius highs as well as the dulling, slow crippling lows of people affected. It is interesting to note that many would not choose to go without manic depression, because the manic stage is so incredible.
Unfortunately, everyone who has seen it with me is now convinced that they are too slightly manic depressive - so beware!

Here is supposedly the whole first part on Youku: watch PART 1of2

Also here's another link to the programme on Veoh: watch

Otherwise here's a clip: