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BBC TV and Radio this week: deteriorating vision and an insight into prejudice

Dan Slipper Dan Slipper | 11:37 UK time, Friday, 1 July 2011

A highlight on television this week was Imagine on BBC One on Tuesday night. During the programme Alan Yentob meets clinical neurologist and author Dr Oliver Sacks to investigate the myriad ways we experience the visual world and the strange things that happen when our mind fails to understand what our eyes see. Doctor and patient combined as Dr Sacks talks about his childhood, his struggle with face blindness and the loss he felt when eye cancer recently destroyed his 3D vision.

Other notable programmes include:

Listen - Radio 4 - An Interior Life
The intimate story of a hospital consultant with Asperger's syndrome and his struggle with alcoholism. The programme charts his journey from a rural upbringing to academic and professional acclaim when a series of family illnesses intervened which meant his, once modest, drinking started to become a cause for concern.

Listen - World Service - Outlook
A disturbing insight into prejudice against disabled people in the UK.

Listen - Radio 4 - In Touch
Peter White asks whether there are too many charities for blind people and talks to the Chief Executive of the RNIB about why she would like to see more mergers within the sector.

Listen - Radio 4 - Shall I Say A Kiss?
Morris Davis was born deaf in 1898 in Whitechapel in London. In 1924 he moved to New York but on a visit to the UK in 1935 he saw a photo of Eva Weintrobe - also deaf - and went to Liverpool to meet her. He soon proposed but before a date could be set he had to get back to New York. So began an unusual transatlantic romance and courtship conducted through the exchange of letters now dramatised in this play.

All these programmes are now on iPlayer although, please note, they may only be available for a limited time.

Coming Up

Listen - Radio 4 - Dead Fishes - Friday 1 July 21.00
A young man with Down's syndrome admits to killing his mother but a woman then turns up claiming a different story.

Listen - Radio 4 - It's My Story Letting Go Of James - Sunday 3 July 13.30
How one family copes as their 16-year-old autistic son starts full time residential care.

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