Series 1 Episode 1
First Broadcast: 10PM Tue 17 April 2012

In an age when children no longer aspire to a profession but instead want to be celebrities, fame has become one of the most sought-after states on the planet, but only those who have achieved it understand its impact.

Dr Pamela Stephenson examines the reality of being famous, its psychological impact and its effect on key relationships for those in the public eye, through her own expert analysis and interviews with individuals who have attained global fame.

The celebrities Stephenson interviews include Oscar-winner Tatum O'Neal, former Spice Girl Mel C, The Devil Wears Prada star Stanley Tucci, actors Alan Cumming and John Hurt, and comedian Billy Connolly, who is, of course, Pamela's husband.

For her doctoral dissertation, Stephenson interviewed 20 celebrities, developing fascinating and original theories about how individuals are affected by, for instance, the loss of privacy that comes from being well-known and the effect fame can have on someone's relationships, even with themself.

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Dr Pamela Stephenson examines the reality of being famous, its psychological impact and its effect on key relationships for those in the public eye