Well, I saw the programme last night and, to be honest, I was not that much wiser. A half-hour programme shortened even further by advert breaks in-between did not do the subject of alcoholism justice. We did not really learn how he slipped into drinking and how he ended up on a bench on Brighton seafront. There was no input from the ex-wife as to how their relationship broke down (though I can imagine only too well). We did not really learn much about his suffering or the suffering of his family on a daily basis. There was plenty coverage of more recent visits to see old drinking mates wearing woolly hats.
I could see many similarities with Greg's situation: an educated man with a similar sort of high-flying career in the media; the way the problem escalated; the despair and desperation; the inability to fight the problem at its peak; the squalor; his children becoming aloof to avoid disappointment; the debts; the sadness of his mother. But I could also see differences: his physical fitness (Greg is a medical wreck at the moment); his capability to do without drink for over a year (Greg has only ever managed 6 months at the most); and the recognition that he would never ever be able to have another alcoholic drink again (Greg still sees the occasional drink as no problem- as last week proved).
Obviously although Ed Mitchell is now sober, he has not climbed back up to the dizzy heights he once enjoyed before his alcoholism and at the end it became clearer why there was a programme at all - he is writing an autobiography!! Shame on you ITV.