METRO – Chris Packham: Asperger’s And Me review

None of us here at Axia have seen this as yet, so please leave a comment if you have.

Review by Adam Starkey for – Tuesday 17th Oct 2017
Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me is a must watch (Picture: BBC/ Richard Ansett)
Chris Packham: Asperger’s And Me review: A stunning spotlight on the misconceptions of autism
Chris Packham shows the bliss and affecting pitfalls of isolation in an excellent new documentary about living with Aspergers.

The 56-year-old presenter publicly announced his autism in last year’s memoir Fingers In The Sparkle Jar. Despite being in the public eye on countless wildlife programmes, including his breakout stint on CBBC’s The Really Wild Show, it wasn’t until 2005 he was officially diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.

This documentary however isn’t simply Chris’s journey of self-discovery and realising his differences, instead Asperger’s And Me takes a challenging dive into why this diagnosis shouldn’t be seen as a handicap, while being startlingly honest in execution.

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4 comments on “METRO – Chris Packham: Asperger’s And Me review
  1. Linda Buchan says:

    I have now had the opportunity to see this
    I would love to hear other people’s views

  2. Helen says:

    I have watched the Chris Packham programme this evening. It is a very well made, well
    presented documentary that absolutely is a must to watch.

    Chris is very honest in a calm and humbling manner.
    His love for animals and birds I found hugely relateable to.

    His visit to America to investigate the “treatment/cure” of Autistic children was very difficult to watch; and then a few moments later he is with Steve Silberman driving around silicone valley, saying that no way would any of that exist without the intellectual abilities of people on the autistic spectrum, particularly people with Aspergers.
    It made me so thankful that I don’t live in America.
    They are trying to ruin the next generation of geniuss.
    It must have been very draining for Chris to make this programme. I think he was outstandingley selfless to do it.

    I didn’t enjoy hearing from Chris’s partner that he is devoid of empathy, because I don’t believe he is at all.

    It is essential viewing

  3. Linda Buchan says:

    A brilliant summary of the programme
    I totally agree with you and thank you for taking the time to review this programme

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