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BBC TV and Radio this week: comedians, antidepressants and a snake

Dan Slipper Dan Slipper | 09:40 UK time, Friday, 22 July 2011

Alex Lewis was first diagnosed with bone cancer shortly before his 18th birthday. After over three years of intensive treatment, he realises he is running out of options and decides to cram as much as possible into the time he has left.

Alex Lewis

His story is told in Alex: A Life Fast Forward as part of the Extraordinary Me season of programmes on BBC Three.

Other highlights

Watch - BBC Two - Adam Hills' Comically Challenged
Comedian Adam Hills sets out to prove there is a place for disability in stand-up comedy.

Watch - BBC Three - Underage and Pregnant - Abby and Riley
Teenager Abby is juggling motherhood and studying for 13 GCSEs. She is determined to get qualifications and provide a good future for her disabled son.

Listen - Radio 4 - Front Row
Amadou and Mariam are one of Mali's greatest musical exports. The blind couple have forged a musical and personal partnership which has won them a worldwide following. With their producer, Marc-Antoine Moreau, they have created Eclipse - a new show about their lives which the audience will experience in total darkness.

Listen - Radio 4 - In Touch
The programme investigates the latest technology from Sight Village, an exhibition for blind and partially sighted people, and a film that shows blindness from a teenager's point of view.

Watch - BBC Three - Kellie: The Girl Who Played With Fire
Kellie O'Farrell became permanently scarred on her face and hands due to a car fire when she was just 2. Now, at 22, she's leaving home to start a new life in London. How will she cope?

Listen - Radio 4 - Woman's Hour
A new survey shows that a third of women have taken antidepressants at some point in their lives. Jenni Murray asks whether they are too ready a solution for busy GPs.

Also on Woman's Hour
Exploring the art and relationship of disabled artist Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera as their work is exhibited together for the first time in the UK.

Coming Up

Watch - BBC Three - Small Teen, Bigger World - Monday 25 July 2011 21.00
Jazz celebrates turning 17 and her birthday is extra special because it is the first one she has spent with her father Paul. He wants to mark the occasion with a gift for his daughter but Bev - Jazz's mum - is horrified when it turns out to be a snake which will grow to be bigger than both of them.

Catch up with disability radio & TV programmes on the BBC every Friday at this blog.


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