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Cracking Up

Documentary following Alastair Campbell as he revisits 1986, the year he had a mental breakdown after months of intensive work stress, too much alcohol and myriad complex issues.

In 1986, Alastair Campbell had a mental breakdown, the culmination of months of intensive stress at work, too much alcohol, and myriad complex issues. Campbell believes that speaking openly about mental illness helps to de-stigmatise it and so in this startlingly frank documentary he relives the traumas of his breakdown. He talks to some of those who witnessed it, and though it was more than 20 years ago, the journey opens up painful memories. In the end Campbell believes the experience left him stronger and able to cope with the stresses and strains of working at the seat of power.

59 minutes

Last on

Sat 29 Nov 2008 02:35


Role Contributor
Executive Producer Stuart Prebble


  • Sun 12 Oct 2008 22:00
  • Sat 29 Nov 2008 02:35