Are You Having a laugh? - disability on TV
This morning, BBC Breakfast played host to disabled producer Kate Monaghan and Ouch's very own Mat Fraser. They were there to promote Are You Having a Laugh? - disability on TV, which will air on BBC Two at 9 PM on Friday the 25th of June.
The unique documentary, voiced by David Walliams and featuring a selection of well-known commentators from the worlds of comedy and disability, including Francesca Martinez and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, takes a rye look at how various impairments have been represented on television down through the years.
Are You Having a Laugh remembers some of the most popular and infamous disabled characters to ever grace our British TV screens, Blue Peter's Joey Deacon and Brenda from the office to name but two. While celebrating how far television has come and where we find ourselves in 2010, the show also manages to convey, in a rather humorous and heart-warming way, the slightly ridiculous, vaguely embarrassing and darned right hilarious manner in which disability has historically been depicted in soap, comedy, kids TV and even American detective drama.
This is a funny, accessible, mainstream piece of telly, chock full of contributors who all make for seriously good disabled role models. In fact, with appearances by the aforementioned Mat Fraser, Laurence Clark, Kiruna Stamell and Julie Fernandez, the credits read a bit like an Ouch! honours list.
If you aren't near a TV on Friday Night, Are You Having a Laugh -disability on TV will be repeated at ten to midnight on the 30th of June and of course, UK residents can catch it on iPlayer for seven days afterwards.