John's Not Mad

John's Not Mad was a QED documentary made by the BBC in 1989. It was ranked, in a British public poll, as one of 50 Greatest Documentaries. The film shadowed John Davidson, a 15-year-old from Galashiels in Scotland, who had severe Tourette syndrome. John's life was explored in terms of his family and the close-knit community around him, and how they all coped with a misunderstood condition. Oliver Sacks, a neurologist, offers observations on aspects of John's behaviour. The documentary was narrated by the actress Eleanor Bron. The documentary achieved a cult status soon after it was first aired and, contrary to the "possible good intentions of the film crew, it has been seen as some sort of comedy classic". A follow up documentary, The Boy Can't Help It, was aired by the BBC in 2002, catching up with Davidson at 30 to see how he continued to cope with the condition. It also visits an 8 year old Greg, from Yorkshire who has Tourette's, and offers his experience of it at an early age. Both of these films were released on DVD in 2006. John Davidson also featured with Keith Allen in a Channel 4 documentary entitled Tourette De France where he travelled with Keith and a group of Scottish persons with Tourette's to Paris to visit the hospital where Georges Gilles de la Tourette practised.

| 30 min
John's Not Mad
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