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For crying out loud.

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Comedienne Jo Brand bemoans the excess of crying, which she thinks is prevalent on British television. She takes a rather light-weight look at this phenomenon; she claims that she doesn't cry and wants to explore this further. Brand visits a historian, Thomas Dixon, who has written a book about the history of tears. His opinion is that the twentieth century was characterised by an unusual period of stocism. Brand then speaks to her mother who talks about bringing up Jo and her siblings. There is plenty of nice archive footage throughout this programme. Brand goes on to talk to Virginia Veto, a psychologist who discusses the gender differences in crying. She interviews football supporters, other comedians, a priest and members of the public. Brand Skypes an American biochemist, Bill Friel who talks about the biomedical need to cry in order to alleviate stress. An acting coach runs a drama workshop. Brand visits the Loss Club, after the Günter Grass novel 'The Tin Drum', but doesn't manage to cry much except when she's chopping onions. She visits psychotherapist Susie Orbach (writer of 'Fat is a Feminist Issue').


London : BBC4, 2011.

Physical description

1 DVD (60 min.) : sound, color, PAL


Broadcast on 14th February, 2011

Creator/production credits

Produced and directed by Claire Whalley.

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