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Channel 5 to explore child caregivers in doc special

Produced by Spun Gold, 12 Years Old and Caring for Mum: Through a Child's Eyes (pictured) follows three children between ages 11 and 13 who are caring for their bed-ridden parents.
July 2, 2014

UK broadcaster Channel 5 will this week air the documentary 12 Years Old and Caring for Mum: Through a Child’s Eyes (pictured) from producer Spun Gold.

The one x 60-minute doc, airing tomorrow night, follows three children between ages 11 and 13 who are caring for their bed-ridden parents. The stories are told in a first-person style using footage shot by the kids, who talk about the pressures to balance school and friends with their responsibilities at home.

“The stories of how these children are forced to live today in modern Britain are shocking,” said Spun Gold creative director Daniela Neumann in a statement. “You cannot fail to be moved by the difficulties they face. These are very important stories that need to be told. It is staggering that children have to carry the burden of taking care of a sick parent in this day and age.”

12 Years Old and Caring for Mum: Through a Child’s Eyes was commissioned by Channel 5′s commissioning editor for factual Simon Raikes. Chris Kelly is the executive producer for Spun Gold and Nic Guttridge is directing.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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