Whose Line Is It Anyway Comedian Tony Slattery and his partner are seen talking about his battle with alcohol and mental health in a candid BBC Two documentary released on Thursday.
What’s wrong with Tony Slattery? follows London-born actor, 60, with 36-year-old partner Mark Michael Hutchinson as he is referred to countless mental health experts to get to the bottom of his ongoing battle with depression and alcohol.
The impactful program explores the connection between Tony’s addiction, his mental health, and the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of an eight-year-old priest.
“Well, it wasn’t nice to get fucked up at the age of eight. No, that was not the case, “he told Ciaran Mulholland, a consultant psychiatrist located in Belfast.
Meanwhile, Mark, who met Tony when they played in a West End musical in 1986, admits taking care of him is a challenge, describing him as “always on the edge” and “erratic,” saying that ‘he has seen “dozens” of Tony’s versions over the years.
Released on May 22, What’s the Matter with Tony Slattery follows famed actor and 36-year-old partner Mark Michael Hutchinson (left) as he is referred to one mental health expert after another, discussing his fight in courses against depression and alcohol
Mark, who met Tony at the height of his career, said: “It is tiring to take care of someone, to love someone who is constantly on the lookout.”
“I don’t know where alcohol stops and where depression starts. “
“You don’t know what to prioritize or treat first: is it because of alcohol or depression,” he adds.
Mark also says that he has seen “dozens of versions of Tony” over the years, so much so that he started talking to each of them as if they were different people.
Formerly a sweetheart on British television in the 80s and 90s, Slattery retired from public life due to her battle with depression and drug addiction
“I see Tony and it just looks like rain, then he’ll come out and it’s like there is another Tony there,” he said, describing him as “Tony lethargic and negative “
Speaking frankly about his partner’s addiction issues, he admits to having left him a few times over the years.
“I have run away several times, I will be gone for a few weeks,” he said, adding that he would always come back because he couldn’t stand being separated from Tony.
Mark saw Tony at the height of his addiction, and discussed the actor ‘s sexual abuse with him before the “Whose Line is it Anyway” star opened up about it in a Guardian interview in 2019 .
Speaking in the raw documentary, Slattery, seen now, admitted to suffering from paranoia due to alcohol and drug abuse
In an interview with This Morning in 2019, Tony revealed that he had already bought £ 4,000 worth of cocaine.
At the time, he explained that he had been taking antidepressants for 15 years and that he could not imagine life without them or without alcohol.
However, without an exact diagnosis, the actor cannot get the corresponding treatment and therefore cannot get the help he needs to get better.
The documentary follows the actor as he tries to get an accurate diagnosis of his mental health issues, with experts trying to determine whether he falls on the bipolar spectrum.
Formerly called manic depression, bipolar disorder describes a person experiencing manic bouts of euphoria and overwhelming bouts of depression and unhappiness.
Partner Mark Michael Hutchinson said in the documentary that he had witnessed “dozens” of versions of Slattery over the years
These episodes of mania or depression can last for several weeks at a time.
Getting an exact diagnosis is made more difficult because Slattery is a heavy drinker who admits that it has been years since he had had a day without alcohol.
In the BBC documentary, Slattery and Hutchinson explain that he regularly suffers from paranoia.
The actor recalls throwing electrical equipment into the Thames, convinced that it had been tapped, and said that he would do it so often, the police had to be called.
“He continued to mention that he was being spied on,” said Hutchinson, adding that the actor had sometimes been a danger to himself.
The documentary also discusses the subject of Tony’s sexual abuse, which occurred when he was sexually assaulted by an eight-year-old priest.
New science confirms that bipolar people are more than 2.5 times more likely to have experienced physical or mental abuse in their childhood, and the actor is seen looking for answers in his painful past.
In a heartbreaking moment, the actor cries admitting to hiding the abuses from everyone he knew, “pushing” them deeply so that he does not have to face them.
Speaking of the documentary in an interview with The Guardian on Monday, Mark said that Tony has not done better in recent years and that he is starting to see “old Tony”.
“At the end of last year, for the first time in a long time, I got to see old Tony. Every day is up and down, but he’s starting to believe that people are looking for his business – it’s a recovery, “he said.
What’s the Matter with Tony Slattery will air on Thursday May 21 at 9 p.m. on BBC Two.