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BBC TV and radio this week: In Touch meets Jazzer from The Archers and the blinded Iranian woman who sought "an eye for an eye" justice

Emma Emma | 15:24 UK time, Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Ryan Kelly and Dame Maggie Smith

In the week between Christmas and New Year, Radio 4's In Touch programme travelled to Ambridge.

On this special edition of the show for visually impaired people, Blind actor Ryan Kelly, who plays Jazzer in The Archers, talks to Peter White about his acting career and how he approaches the role of a sighted character.

Listen - Radio 4 - Midweek
Libby Perves speaks to Winnie and Frank Tovey. They spent sixteen years in India in the fifties and sixties, where Frank was a medical missionary. The couple were active in providing clinics to cure leprosy, surgery and physiotherapy, to restore function and treat deformity. They have written about their experiences in the book 'Cor Blimey! Where 'ave you come from?

other highlights

Listen - Radio 5 live - Tony Livesey
Is the Blue Badge too open to abuse, or are there too many disabled parking bays?

Listen - In Touch
The most recent edition of the programme discusses what the new generation of phones and smartphones can offer visually impaired people.

Watch - BBC Three - Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of crisps
Donna helps Gaz in his ambition to become a Paralympian.

Listen - The World Service - Outlook
The Iranian woman blinded by acid who sought "eye for an eye" justice.

Listen - Radio 5 live - Shelagh Fogarty
Shelagh Fogarty talks about the rise in prescription charges for anti-depressants.

Listen - Radio 4 - The Afternoon Play
A blind WWI veteran, accused of murdering his wife, is defended by Norman Birkett, the most celebrated advocate of the inter-war years.

Watch - Cbeebies - Something Special
Each simple, fun and informative episode sees Justin and Mr Tumble out and about, applying signing in a variety of places relevant to a very young audience.

Coming soon

Listen - Radio 4 - Repainting Giverny
Irma Kurtz travels to Monet's Giverny garden to hear how losing his sight changed his work

Catch up with disability radio and TV programmes on the BBC every Wednesday on this blog.


  • Comment number 1.

    I was at the event where Ryan Kelly got his AMi Award and I wonder why it wasn't given airtime, or why this photo has been used without a mention of the event, Ability Media, or why he got his award? Maybe one of you team could descend the ivory tower and come to an event at Ability Media On Friday 3rd February 2012 - 3.45pm – 5.30pm and chat with someone. We are previewing a film about how modern day living in South London affects people’s senses; sight, hearing, taste, touch, thought processes, feelings, memory and sense of space. The film uses people’s accounts of mild to severe effects of ‘Overload’, what triggers it, how it affects their lives, how it makes them feel and what they do to cope with it. ‘Overload’ is a film made by people who suffer from mental health distress, that attend various projects or volunteer at CoolTan Arts.

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