Living Proof

John's Not Mad (II) (1989)
"Q.E.D." John's Not Mad (original title)

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Episode credited cast:
Eleanor Bron ...
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Heather Davidson ...
Herself / John's Mother
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Lorna Peggie ...
Herself / John's Special Needs Teacher
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tourette's syndrome




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[first lines]
John Davidson: Some of the time I just, when I feel bad, I just feel like killin' myself or somethin' like that; it feels so bad.
Narrator: John Davidson is sixteen. He suffers from a disturbing neurological disorder once regarded as a wild madness. But when you know him better, you discover that John's not mad.
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Right after the final credits, John appears for a few more seconds and barks out, "Come on, hm, stop! Hm." See more »


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a film about a boy suffering from Tourettes syndrome
17 June 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Johns not mad. A delightful insight into Tourettes Syndrome where the sufferers erupt into swearing and tics at random. John is a pleasant teenager and a very intelligent young man who just happens to swear completely out of place. This film is a look at his life and watchers of Big Brother Uk will know more about the way he is after watching Pete,who also suffers from Tourettes John gets on with his life and tries to play down his Tourettes whereas Pete accepts his symptoms and makes them part of his life. A very touching documentary that shows us that just because people are different it doesn't mean that there is anything wrong with the way they are.

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