Jon Richardson: Am I OCD?

New C4 show aims to find out

Jon Richardson is to make a Channel 4 programme about his obsessive-compulsive personality.

The show – which has the working title Jon Richardson: A Little Bit OCD – will form part of a week-long season about mental health conditions.

Channel 4 say the Eight Out Of Ten Cats regular will meet people across the OCD spectrum to ‘find out once and for all if he's a simply a demanding perfectionist or has OCD’.

Richardson has previously said: ‘I never say I’m OCD, ‘cause I’m not diagnosed. But I certainly have compulsions about things that have made me…stab strangers.’

Ruby Wax is also hosting a show, provisionally called Mad Confessions, in which she follows a number of successful business people as they disclose a mental health condition to their employers, friends or family.

Wax herself has depression, which she has addressed in her stage show Losing It?

And in the flagship show of the TV season, 4 Goes Mad, eight potential employees, some of whom have a mental health condition, will be given a variety before a panel of employers, who decide who they could give a job to.

Channel 4 boss Jay Hunt said: ‘This year, we will tackle one of the biggest stigmas surrounding mental health by putting people with mental health conditions to work on Channel 4 shows and asking employers a simple question: We gave them a job; would you?’

Published: 14 May 2012

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