David Baddiel has said he was “very, very touched” by the positive response to his documentary about dementia.
The comedian’s programme about his father, The Trouble With Dad, aired on Channel 4 this evening and messages praising the “sensitive” and “brave” way it handled the subject soon flooded Twitter.
David, 52, tweeted his thanks to a viewer after the show aired.
Thanks Carl. And to hundreds of others sending tweets like this. I am very, very touched by all you've said about our film. X https://t.co/HtzuymnQdc— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) February 20, 2017
David’s father Colin, 82, suffers from Pick’s disease – a rare type of dementia that can see sufferers become sexually uninhibited and prone to swearing and rude behaviour.
The film focused on the relationship between David and his brother Ivor and Colin, who is housebound and receives 24-hour care.
Wow hugely brave and touching and amazing insight. Thank you— Kat (@katrinapercy) February 20, 2017
@Baddiel Awesome documentary. Informative and educating, an amazing man with incredible sons. You make these things easier to talk about.— BigBird (@Chris___F) February 20, 2017
Prior the show airing, David had told his 480,000 followers on Twitter that it was not a standard documentary about dementia.
On in 10. Just want to say: it's not a standard doc about dementia. It's not bleak. Not tragic. And my dad, imho, is fucking hilarious. https://t.co/P77LppKGjk— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) February 20, 2017
Many viewers said the emotional programme both made them smile and moved them to tears.
Just watched The Trouble With Dad. Such a poignant and moving documentary. I have tears in my eyes but a smile on my face too @Baddiel— Samantha Lancashire (@Sammi1805) February 20, 2017
“Trouble With Dad was an amazing, heartfelt representation of dementia. I cried both happy and sad tears,” tweeted another.