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Last Night's TV; Magnificent 7 (BBC2.

Byline: Daisy Dawes

THIS heart-warming and sometimes grim tale of a mother's fight to raise seven children, four of whom are autistic, is based on a true story.

Some of you may remember the Jacksons from 2003 BBC documentary My Family and Autism.

Mother Jacqui agreed to do this drama to raise awareness of the condition - she even appears with one of her daughters as an extra in the sports day scene.

A-lister Helena Bonham Carter worked closely with Jacqui to develop her character - a far cry from her last role as the plummy plasticine Lady Tottington in Wallace and Gromit and the Curse of the Were Rabbit.

Jacqui sees her charges differently from the rest of the world, which comes across in her matterof-fact narration.

The young actors are tremendous - there's little Curtis, complete with goggles, balaclava helmet, dummy and earmuffs, who's scared of clowns and anything red.

The alarming honesty that comes as a result of Christopher's Aspergers Syndrome leads to some fantastic comedic moments.

This drama dealt with many issues, but the real charm came from the dynamics within the family group, and their mantra - different is cool
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 14, 2005
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