Paddy McGuiness praised by parents for autism documentary

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2 Dec 2021, 11:54

Credit: BBC

Credit: BBC

The comedian and his wife, Christie, have received a warm response from parents of autistic children after their documentary, Our Family and Autism, aired last night (1 December). 

The documentary offers an insight into the lives of Paddy and Christie, who have three neurodiverse children: Leo and Penelope, 8, and Felicity, 5. 

It follows the family over a few months on their journey to learning more about autism by meeting with other people on the spectrum, experts and other families. 

The film was, at times, quite emotional and parents of neurodiverse children took to social media to show their appreciation for Paddy and Christie’s vulnerability. 

One user wrote: “thank you for our family and Autism. This is the best thing I have ever seen to show/explain our day-to-day life. The ups and downs.”

Another said: “Thank you to you and your beautiful family. Our amazing Georgia was diagnosed with severe autism earlier this year. We have a journey ahead, but we are now taking the scenic route…love to you all”

Many praised Paddy and Christie for bringing more awareness to how vast the spectrum was and highlighting the fact there were different levels of autism. 

They are not the only people who were grateful for the documentary.

Comedian Johnny Vegas also took to Twitter to show his appreciation for Paddy and his family. He wrote: “What a beautiful, open, informative and emotive documentary currently showing on @BBCOne discussing #autism in our children. Thank you to @PaddyMcGuinness family and other contributors for sharing and opening up such an important topic for conversation.”

Former Countdown star Carol Vorderman also shared her praise for the film, writing about how honest and raw it was.

After seeing all the warm responses to the documentary, Paddy was very appreciative. 

On his Twitter, he said: "Thank you all for your kind words and wonderful support. It means the world to me and my family."

Watch Paddy and Christine McGuiness: Our Family and Autism on BBC iPlayer.