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Channel 4 takes a refreshingly honest look at autism, in a reality TV programme that shows youngsters out-luvvying the luvvies

By Peter Bazalgette   May 2010

I once employed an extremely creative man who had a healthy sense of his own value. He requested a bonus of £500,000 on one occasion, explaining, “I have Asperger syndrome, you see. I can’t bear uncertainty. So I must have the money.” After that I took a keen interest in autism, not least because of what it might save me in future negotiations.

Since Rain Man, in 1988, writers have explored autism in different ways. A few years ago Stephen Poliakoff made The Lost Prince (BBC1, 2003), a touching evocation of autism in the royal family. He also invented…

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