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29th Mar 2017

Everyone was blown away by Rio Ferdinand’s documentary about the loss of his wife

What a heartbreaking, moving and heartwarming programme.

Nooruddean Choudry

What an amazing dad.

And what an amazing piece of television. Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad aired on BBC One on Tuesday night, and it’s fair to say it really touched those watching at home with its brutal honesty and moving accounts. Ferdinand lost a wife – and his children lost their mother – when Rebecca Ellison died of breast cancer in May 2015, aged only 34.

The programme featured the Manchester United legend giving a very personal account of how he and his family are coming to terms with the loss, whilst at the same time looking at the grieving process and how men deal with depression in a more general sense. It was gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, beautiful and inspiring television, and Rio came across as an absolute hero for just trying to do the best for his kids and attempting to deal with his own feelings of loss.

We urge you to watch it on iPlayer if you haven’t already, it’s such a thought-provoking and moving piece of television. Here’s what a few viewers had to say.