Fans and celebrities have been thanking Paddy and Christine McGuinness for their documentary about autism.
The TV presenter and his wife released the programme, Paddy and Christine McGuinness: Our Family and Autism, last night (1 December), detailing their experience of having three neurodiverse children: eight-year-old twins Leo and Penelope, and five-year-old Felicity.
The film followed the couple over months as they tried to gain a greater understanding of autism, meeting other parents, experts and people on the autism spectrum.
Many viewers praised the documentary on Twitter, including the actor and comedian Johnny Vegas, who 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 added: “This was a most beautiful and honest and raw documentary. Congratulations @PaddyMcGuinness and Christine, and Paul Scholes for your story about your wonderful son. ‘Our Family and Autism’ .. if you didn’t see it , then please watch on @BBCiPlayer.”
A raw and intimate look inside the lives of @PaddyMcGuinness, his wife Christine and their three children that have been diagnosed with autism.
Paddy and Christine McGuinness: Our Family and Autism / Streaming from 1 December at 9pm / BBC iPlayer pic.twitter.com/NLGmUbWxlj
— BBC (@BBC) November 22, 2021
See more reactions from fans and stars below.
I hope to god there is every person who works with children watching @PaddyMcGuinness & #christinemcguinness right now! This is my world! This was a my family! Masking is real in both boys and girls! #ourfamilyandautism Thankyou both so much!
— joanne pugh (@PughJoanne) December 1, 2021
Watching the #PaddyMcGuinness documentary about Autism. I’m so pleased someone in the public eye is raising awareness about #Autism Nobody truly gets it unless you have it or live with someone that does.
— Emily 💕 (@Emily_1010x) December 1, 2021
— Paul Frampton-Calero (@Paul_Framp) December 1, 2021
As a parent to a child with ASD, I’m so grateful to @PaddyMcGuinness for sharing his family’s story. I’ve felt so many of the same feelings and we face the same challenges, but my son is incredible and I would never, ever, change him. #OurFamilyAndAutism
— Sam Frost (@frosty920) December 1, 2021
— Laura McConnell 🦡 (@LauraFMcConnell) December 1, 2021
A very astute programme on autism from @PaddyMcGuinness and his wife. Well done from a retired headteacher who knows education can change the world. You both changed the world tonight. #ourfamilyandautism
— L-A Reid 🏴🇪🇺💙 (@l_areid) December 1, 2021
@PaddyMcGuinness as a mum of 3 autistic children myself, I'm watching your documentary with an overwhelming sense of relief. I think there will be a lot of folks like me who are delighted you're putting your story out there. Thank you
— Michelle McInnes💙 (@MichelleMcInne3) December 1, 2021
McGuinness thanked everyone for their responses, tweeting: “Thank you all for your kind words and wonderful support. It means the world to me and my family. x.”
Speaking last month about his decision to let a documentary crew into his family home, McGuiness explained that his children’s struggles during lockdown had “made me think about families who might be in a similar, or worse, position to us”.
“I was struggling, so I thought if we did the documentary, other families might not feel so alone or isolated,” he said.