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Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive (2006)

Stephen Fry presents this documentary exploring the disease of manic depression; a little understood but potentially devastating condition affecting an estimated two percent of the ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Stephen Fry ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andy Behrman Andy Behrman ... Himself
Jo Brand ... Herself
Jo Crocker Jo Crocker ... Herself
Richard Dreyfuss ... Himself
Carrie Fisher ... Herself
Griff Rhys Jones ... Himself
Tony Slattery ... Himself
Rick Stein Rick Stein ... Himself
Robbie Williams ... Himself


Stephen Fry presents this documentary exploring the disease of manic depression; a little understood but potentially devastating condition affecting an estimated two percent of the population. Stephen embarks on an emotional journey to meet fellow sufferers, and discuss the literal highs and lows of being bi-polar. Celebrities such as Carrie Fisher and Richard Dreyfuss invite the comedian into their home to relate their stories. Plus Stephen looks into the lives of ordinary people trying to deal with the illness at work and home, and of course to the people studying manic depression in an effort to better control it. A fascinating, moving and ultimately very entertaining Emmy Award-winning program. Written by Watch_Movies

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Release Date:

19 September 2006 (UK) See more »

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Безумная депрессия со Стивеном Фраем See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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Stephen Fry: And I always have voices in my head saying what a useless bastard I am, but the voice is my own. It is my own voice which is telling me what a worthless lump of shit I am. Are you surprised that I feel like that? I no longer am.
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All I can say is 'Thank You Mr. Fry'.
22 April 2007 | by peter-digbySee all my reviews

I was diagnosed with bi-polar in September 2000, and the greatest problem I have always had is to explain the condition to others. This documentary shows the good and the bad of bi-polar, (and trust me at times it can be very good.), from the everyday person on the street to the instantly recognizable celebrity who have it. Although I believe the focus is slightly more on the manic issues of the condition, this is understandable as this is where most of the anti-social aspects of the condition can appear, and depression is much more widely understood / accepted than mania. It took a huge leap of courage and faith for Stephen Fry to 'come out' and announce to the world that he has this condition, to talk about his suicide attempts, and to make it so public. I have shown this documentary to family, friends, workmates, anyone who will sit still, and it is the best resource I have available to try to explain the bi-polar. Once again, thank you very much Mr. Fry for helping spread the message, and giving me the courage to be more open about my bi-polar. I am forever in your debt.

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