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Adam Ant

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 29 March 2011

Flamboyant and charismatic, Adam Ant was the most successful pop star of the early 1980s.

He is best remembered for his wild sense of style - dressed as a highwayman with a white-stripe painted across his face, crashing through a church window in the video for his biggest hit 'Stand and Deliver'.

The extreme highs and lows of bipolar disorder affected his career and personal life - he attempted suicide; he's been sectioned and he's spent long periods in psychiatric care.

He discusses the highs and lows of his life and career with John Humphrys.

  • Adam Ant and John Humphrys in the 'On the Ropes' studio

    Adam Ant and John Humphrys in the 'On the Ropes' studio


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