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Christine and Paddy McGuinness filming new BBC documentary about raising children with autism

Christine and Paddy McGuinness are preparing to host a documentary about the challenges of raising children with autism.

The pair will film the new programme, Autism and our Family, for the BBC later this year.

Christine and Paddy are parents to three children, who all have been diagnosed with autism, twins Penelope and Leo, seven, and four-year-old Felicity.

Model Christine is known for sharing her experiences of motherhood and advice on social media with her followers, and the whole family will now appear on screen together.

The couple will share their experiences with viewers and learn more about autism by meeting paediatricians and child development experts.

Christine, 32, often connects with other parents of autistic children over social media, sharing her own helpful insights.

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Christine McGuinness shares her experiences of motherhood on Instagram (Picture: Instagram / mrscmcguinness)

The Real Housewives of Cheshire star recently shared a message she sent to a mother of a special needs child, after they sought her advice.

‘I totally understand, all three of mine have got more physical with me and each other recently it’s awful,’ she wrote.

‘I barely recognise them sometimes and I just paint a smile on like everything is fine. Thinking of you lots, stay strong. This time will pass.’

She also recently shared a post showing how proud she was of her daughter Felicity for her development in speech and language therapy.

‘I see a lot of myself in this one,’ Christine wrote. ‘She loves some 1:1 attention but not too much, struggles to stay focused for long and is easily distracted!

‘She is very particular and knows what she wants, her mind is strong especially when she wants to play all night, there is no compromise so that’s what we do… she’s just so fabulous, they all are! Individual and unique. Proudest mummy.’


Christine is refreshingly honest with her followers when it comes to the challenges she faces. She recently shared her heartache after revealing her children have become ‘more physical’ with her as they struggle to cope with the national lockdown.

Hour-long documentary Autism and our Family is one of a number of new projects confirmed by the BBC on Monday.

They also include films tackling the ‘scandal of child abuse in English football’, ‘Greta Thunberg’s mission to raise awareness of climate change’ and a film from David Olusoga ‘celebrating the immigrant workforce that has been the backbone of the NHS’.

Autism and our Family is expected to air on the BBC later this year.


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