Is gossip just good clean fun or does it reveal the dark side of human nature? Man Alive looks at what we say when we gossip and, more importantly, what gossiping says about us. Arthur Kent talks with two victims of gossip. A New York surgeon tells how his practice was ruined as a result of a rumour that he had AIDS and a former television host speaks candidly about his own victimization and humiliation at the hands of media gossip and those who make their living as rumour mongers. Does the need to talk about others give us a false sense of intimacy or is it an important agent in building human solidarity? Man Alive attempts to answer these questions as it examines this most basic of human activities.