The Trouble with Dad

The Trouble with Dad



David Baddiel’s brilliant black humour about his parents has fuelled a hit stand-up show, several magazine articles and now this touching documentary.

He introduces us to his father, Colin Baddiel, who has a type of dementia called Pick’s disease. We gather Colin was always sweary, funny and inclined to communicate with his sons via what David calls “abusive banter”, but now the Pick’s has ramped those traits up: “A f***ing idiot. Total tit… you’re a pain in the arse” Colin tells David, in one of his milder outbursts.

Baddiel junior is keen to address the common problem of losing someone to dementia and we see the cruelty of the process as the film goes on, as Colin gradually becomes mellower and less like his former self. “We’re chasing after the fragments of my dad that are still in there,” says David, and in a sense the film works as a tribute to a defiantly difficult man.


Comedian David Baddiel's father Colin has Pick's disease, a rare form of dementia that makes him prone to extreme outbursts of swearing, aggression and sexual-inappropriateness. Filmed over the course of a year, this Cutting Edge documentary charts David and his brother Ivor's attempts to care for their dad in the aftermath of their mum's death.