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Being Gail Porter

For the first time, Gail Porter takes a tell-all journey into her past to understand her rise to celebrity and her fall into depression, anorexia, self-harming and homelessness.

In 1999, Gail Porter was one of the UK’s most sought-after female TV presenters. Most famously, she helped sell over a million copies of FHM magazine after her naked image was projected onto the Houses of Parliament. Then over the next 20 years, things took a turn for the worse: she suffered post-natal depression, alopecia and was sectioned under the mental health act. In 2014 she even ended up sleeping rough on a park bench. How did this happen?

In this documentary, Gail takes a tell-all journey into her past. Travelling to her hometown of Edinburgh, she meets friends, relatives and medical professionals and asks why she has such extremes of emotion? And how can that explain her story? The result is an honest and deeply personal exploration of mental health, self-harm, anorexia and depression, as well as a stark reminder of how the world has changed since her 1990s heyday.

58 minutes

Last on

Tue 17 May 2022 23:00

Music Played

  • Blur


  • The Proclaimers

    Sunshine on Leith

  • Texas

    Summer Son

  • Blur

    Coffee & TV


Role Contributor
Presenter Gail Porter
Producer Anne-Claire Pilley
Executive Producer Harry Bell


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