Finally catching up on some TV watching after a busy week. Blackout was a fantastic 3 part BBC drama with Christopher Eccelston playing a city politician (Daniel Demoys) who is an alcoholic. Basically a story about corruption and deceit it also deals fantastically well with alcoholism throughout. Demoys wakes from another hellish day of drink to find that someone who he was involved in underhand dealings with has been killed. He has marks on his fists showing he was in a fight the night before but it was a Blackout. Now alcoholics reading this will be familiar with that feeling of "What the hell happened yesterday?" This is that problem as Daniel has flashes of what happened but is not sure exactly. Then in a moment of bravery he is shot protecting someone else. He determines not to drink. A nurse at the hospital helps him - telling him he has had a "moment of clarity" and then to call her when the moment he wants to drink again comes... "and it will come".
Super script, great acting and brilliantly researched on the alcoholic point of view - so AA was not mentioned, not surprising based on AA's official position of attraction not promotion but so much was the AA programme, the talking to another alcoholic whilst staring at a glass of scotch, the moment of clarity, the phrase repeated a few times of "your secrets will kill you". Highly rated, if you are in the UK and didn't see it you have a few days left to see the whole series (3 hours in total) on iPlayer and I would thoroughly recommend it.