Fry Tackles Mental Health for BBC2

{mosimage} A documentary about manic depression made by Stephen Fry will be one of the highlights of BBC2’s autumn season unveiled today. Fry is making two films for the channel examining “the reality of living with manic depression” in what the BBC claims will be “an extremely personal journey”.

It is the first full-scale examination of mental illness from the actor who famously suffered a breakdown when he absconded to Belgium following poor reviews for his perfromance in the Simon Gray play Cell Mates. In the series, The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, Fry, who has spoken in the past about suffering from Bipolar disorder, will be shown speaking to celebrities including Tony Slattery and Richard Dreyfuss, who suffer from depression.