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Calum Best: Brought Up by Booze - A Children in Need Special

This intimate and challenging programme follows Calum Best as he confronts the harsh realities of growing up with an alcoholic parent, as 1.3 million UK children currently do.

Calum Best is the son of one of the greatest footballers of all time, George Best. He is also the son of an alcoholic. In this intimate and challenging BBC Children in Need special, Calum confronts the harsh realities of growing up with an alcoholic parent.

Brought up by Booze takes Calum across the UK to meet some of the 1.3 million children growing up with a parent that abuses alcohol who share stories of chaos and neglect, but also inspirational stories of determination not to end up like their parents. By sharing with them intimate tales of his own upbringing, Calum begins to accept that his life continues to be affected even now by his father's drinking.

What does George's addiction mean for Calum's future and will he ever understand the illness that killed his father? In this raw and often distressing journey of a son still reaching for his dad, we see first hand the devastating effect that drink can have on alcoholics' children.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 6 Dec 2009 03:10


Role Contributor
Presenter Calum Best
Producer Joanna Grace
Director Katy Sheppard