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Ian Wright: Home Truths

  • 2021
  • Documentary

Summary

The footballer-turned-broadcaster investigates what effect growing up in a psychologically abusive and violent home has on children in the UK. He meets with social workers to find out how they are supporting and protecting youngsters living in at-risk households during Covid-19 as well as adults and young people who have been affected by growing up with domestic abuse. Ian also shares the story of his own formative years, shaped by a difficult relationship with his stepfather, and on the final leg of his journey visits a charity who work with people at risk of committing, or who have already committed, domestic abuse.

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When ex-football star and pundit Ian Wright was nine years old and sharing his family’s one-roomed home in south-east London, his adored older brother Morris would often place his hands around Ian’s ears as they tried to sleep.

In a remarkable act of sibling compassion and bravery, Maurice was doing his best to try to make sure young Ian did not hear his mum being beaten up by the boys’ stepfather. But Ian DID hear as his mum pleaded “Sorry, sorry” while she was slammed against a wall. 

Often Wright’s mother would take out her unhappiness on Ian, cruelly telling him again and again how she wished she’d never had him.

In a moving and rawly honest documentary, Wright returns to that house for the first time in decades as he confronts the never-forgotten horrors of his chaotic childhood and talks to others who were once child victims of domestic abuse.

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PresenterIan Wright

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DirectorDan Dewsbury
Executive producerEmma Hindley
Executive producerAnna Sadowy
ProducerCharlene Osuagwu

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