Influential 1989 documentary which explores the struggles of a Scottish teenager to live with Tourettes syndrome.


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Episode credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Heather Davidson ...
Herself / John's Mother
John Davidson ...
Lorna Peggie ...
Herself / John's Special Needs Teacher


Influential 1989 documentary which explores the struggles of a Scottish teenager to live with Tourettes syndrome.

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1989 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


Featured in The 50 Greatest Documentaries (2005) See more »

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The Cult Documentary Classic.
5 October 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a SERIOUS BBC documentary about tourettes syndrome that went on to become a cult-classic comedy, though you do feel guilty about laughing afterwards. This film follows around 16 year old John Davidson who suffers from full blown tourettes. Having self diagnosed myself as having a mild case of tourettes in my pre adolescent days i can completely empathize with poor John. Tourettes is basically overwhelming obsessive compulsions that are either vulgar and or odd little sounds shrieks etc.- as you will see if you watch the film. In John's case its yelling profanities at the top of his lungs at the oddest and most humorously entertaining times, yelping like a dog, spitting in peoples faces and blurting out every irrational and downright rude thought that enters his mind. My personal favourite is when he yells "mom your a slut" in the grocery store in front of an old lady. I found this HYSTERICAL...but at the same time i felt his pain, though not to the same extreme. This is great as both a documentary and for a good laugh. 10 out 10.

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