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Chris Packham: Asperger's and Me

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Chris Packham invites us to take a step inside his mind

For most of his life, broadcaster and naturalist Chris Packham didn’t tell anyone about the one thing that in many ways has defined his entire existence. Chris is autistic – he has Asperger’s Syndrome, which means he struggles in social situations, has difficulty with human relationships, and is, by his own admission, "a little bit weird". But what if there was a way of taking away these autistic traits? Would Chris ever choose to be normal?

In the award-winning Chris Packham: Asperger’s & Me, Chris invites us inside his autistic world to try to show what it’s really like being him. He lives alone in the woods with his "best friend" Scratchy the dog; but he also has a long-term partner, Charlotte, who discusses the problems Asperger’s creates in their relationship – she describes Chris as being sometimes "like an alien".

Confronting this deeply personal subject with brutal honesty, and reflecting on the devastating struggles of his adolescence, Chris explores the question of whether he’d ever want to be cured himself, or whether, ultimately, Asperger’s has helped make him who he is today.

Awards

Radio Times Reader Awards 2017 - Best Documentary (Nomination)
RTS Programme Awards 2018 - Single Documentary (Nomination)
Broadcasting Press Guild Awards 2018 - Best Single Documentary (Nomination)
Televisual Bulldog Awards 2018 - Best Documentary Single (Runner-Up)
BAFTA Craft Awards 2018 - Best Director: Factual - Charlie Russell (Winner)
BAFTA Craft Awards 2018 - Best Editing: Factual - Will Grayburn (Winner)
BAFTA TV Awards 2018 - Best Single Documentary (Nomination)
Medical Journalists Association Awards 2018 - Feature of the Year (Winner)
Grierson Awards 2018 - Best Single Documentary
Domestic (Nomination)
Grierson Awards 2018 - Best Science Documentary (Winner)
Grierson Awards 2018 - Best Single Documentary Presenter for Chris Packham (Nomination)
New York Festivals Film & Television Awards 2019 - Gold World Medal - Best Documentary: Health/Medical Information (Winner)

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Raw TV for BBC Two, UK

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