Ecstasy & Agony (2001)

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Explores the story of former-professional stuntman Tim Lawrence who, five years ago at the age of 34 was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and how his chance discovery of the beneficial effects of the illegal drug Ecstasy connects to the work of researchers in Manchester investigating the chemical serotonin. Use of the banned drug has an amazing effect on Tim's physical condition, allowing him for a few precious hours to perform gymnastic feats, such as backflips and trampoline somersaults. Follows British scientists as they attempt to unravel how the Ecstasy is working, and considers the prospects of its being developed into a useful for drug for other Parkinson's sufferers. Contributors to the programme include: Prof Peter Jenner of King's College, London, Prof David Brooks of Hammersmith Hospital, Prof Alan Crossman and Dr Jonathan Brotchie of the University of Manchester, neurologist Dr Susan Fox, and Mary Baker of the Parkinson's Disease Society.

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