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Good news for blind fans of Lost

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Crippled Monkey | 11:06 UK time, Thursday, 4 May 2006

Yesterday, Ouch's inbox was flooded with distressed emails from visually impaired fans of hit drama Lost. The second series premiered on Channel 4 Tuesday night ... but without audio description!

All 24 episodes of series 1 had been described, so blind fans felt extremely let down when, at 10 o'clock, the show came on with no extra audio narrative! A decision had been made by 4 not to add Audio Description this time round, meaning that blind and partially sighted fans couldn't find out what was behind the hatch or exactly what had happened to the escapees on the raft. A further cliff-hanger, if you like!

Good news though is that Channel 4 have reversed their decision as a result of the number of calls and emails received. Lost will now get the AD treatment starting with the repeats this weekend.

The episodes that weren't described on Tuesday will be described this weekend on E4 and Channel 4 too.

On E4 this Saturday at 10pm and 11pm, you can see episodes 1 and 2 back to back. You can see these again on Channel 4 itself from 6pm on Sunday.

E4 will be showing episode 3 (if you'd flicked over at midnight on Tuesday you would have seen it) with audio description at 10pm on Sunday night, as part of their Second Chance Sunday sequence.

So there you go. Big media organisations do listen. Bad original decision, but what a speedy recovery.

If you want any more details on Audio Description, what it is, how to get it, theatre cinema and TV too, check out our big meaty Audio Description guide.


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  • At 05:28 PM on 04 May 2006, Xandross wrote:

I am truly staggered by the speed and outcome of this whole thing! Just a big "Well Done" to C4. Kudos indeed.

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  • At 09:26 AM on 05 May 2006, u3978196 wrote:

I can't, for any reason, understand why anyone would actually want to watch the 2nd season. I think 4 was onto a good thing with cancelling sections of the show. They should have gone one step further though and decided not to visually describe it either:)

Still, it's nice to have the option not to watch it....

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