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BBC TV and Radio this week: blind painting and exploring language

Dan Slipper Dan Slipper | 10:20 UK time, Wednesday, 28 September 2011

French impressionist painter Claude Monet sits on a bench beside the water lily pond at Giverny in France in 1910.

In Re-painting Giverny on Radio 4 this week, the writer and broadcaster Irma Kurtz travelled to impressionist painter Claude Monet's house in France.

The famous Water Lilies series was the artist's last great masterpiece, but it was almost never painted as at the time Monet was losing his sight and his wife had recently died. It was his great friend and the Prime Minister of France, Clemenceau, who encouraged him to carry on his work.

The programme features an interview with painter Sargy Mann who became blind but is still painting.

Other highlights:

Watch - BBC Two - Fry's Planet Word
In this five-part series Stephen Fry explores language. In the first episode he visits the National Theatre of the Deaf in Connecticut, USA and learns why sign language is a true language.

Listen - Radio 3 - The Hands of the Composer
Ian Burnside muses on the idea of how hands, fingers, thumbs and their use have directly affected Western keyboard music. The programme includes music by Rachmaninov who some experts believe had the genetic condition Marfan's syndrome.

Listen - Radio 4 - In Touch
Baroness Thomas expresses her concerns about the eligibility for receiving Personal Independence Payments and the programme celebrates 80 years of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

Listen - Radio 4 - Afternoon Play
Henry's Demons by Patrick and Henry Cockburn explores the impact of schizophrenia on a family.

Watch - Cbeebies - Something Special
Entertaining regular educational series for four to seven year old children with learning difficulties.

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



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