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29 October 2014
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Final chance to get help from Family SOS expert

Whether it's growing pains your family has to deal with, or you think your family is just a pain in the neck to live with, then it's your final chance to get the advice of an expert to try to sort out your family problems and take part in a new BBC Northern Ireland series, Family SOS.

The production of the series is nearing completion but if you think you would be prepared to share your family problems with top TV psychologist Dr Geoffrey Beattie and have the chance of taking part in the programme, the production company, Straight-Face Productions, would like to hear from you.

Family SOS is looking for families from all over Northern Ireland who would be willing to let Geoffrey try to resolve their dilemmas across a range of issues – from the light-hearted to the serious.

These include:

Are your teenagers 'typical' teenagers?

Do your parents embarrass you or are they 'out of touch'?

Are you, or someone in your family, trying to lose weight? Have you tried diets without success?

With winter closing in, does someone in your family suffer from Seasonal Adjustment Disorder (SAD).

Jane Kelly, producer of Family SOS, said: "We're currently reaching the end of production for the series but there's still time for families across Northern Ireland to get in touch if they would like the chance of taking part.

"No matter what your family problem is, whether it's something really serious, such as gambling or eating disorders, or something more light-hearted, such as teenagers who feel their parents just don't understand them, we'd like to hear from you if you're willing to let top TV psychologist Geoffrey Beattie into your home to offer advice and appear on TV."

The production company will film in the homes of the families and viewers will see what advice Geoffrey offers, how the family handles it and hear Geoffrey's regular updates on each family's progress.

If you have a family problem you would like to share and would like to take part in Family SOS, contact, in confidence, Laura Francis or Tracie McKee at Straight Face Productions on 02890 651010 or email

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