Archives for June 2010

Wednesday 16th June, BBC2, 1pm

SH Line Producer | 17:10 UK time, Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Having recently visited the Chelsea Flower Show, today See Hear visits another stalwart of the British summer, the All England Lawn Tennis Club (otherwise known as Wimbledon!), as Radha and Memnos help get us in the mood for next week's Championships.


As well as looking behind the scenes at SW19, home of the world's most celebrated tennis tournament, they enjoy a tour round the famous Wimbledon museum with its hoards of tennis memorabilia from decades past. For all the emphasis on tradition though, Wimbledon has moved with the times (its retractable roof over

Centre Court
is proof of this) and the museum is as hi-tech as any around - something Radha and Memnos both enjoy as they test out the interactive exhibits.


For more information on the museum at Wimbledon or the Championships, follow these links:


Tennis isn't the only sport on today's menu though as we meet teenage basketball star Lucy Buxton, one of the England Ladies' under 18s players. As a child, Lucy was profoundly deaf and her parents didn't know whether she'd ever be able to talk. Not only that, they didn't know if she'd be able to walk either,  because of being born with pseudo-arthritis in her leg. Now a familiar face on the international basketball scene Lucy's not only proven herself a fierce competitor but an inspiration to all.


To get involved with basketball in England have a look at this website:


At this time of year, schools across the UK gear up for the summer hols, but for pupils at the famous OvingdeanHallSchool these summer holidays are more significant than ever - their school is closing its gates for the final time. We went to find out why Ovingdean's closure marks the end of an era for Deaf education and speak to pupils and staff about why the school, which opened in 1841 for just 8 deaf pupils, is having to close.


This programme will be See Hear's last for a while as Radha and Memnos take a well earned break, but rest assured, they'll be back with more stories in September. If you have any ideas for stories do drop us a line and enjoy the summer!



Wednesday, 9th of June BBC2, 1.00 pm

SH Line Producer | 18:10 UK time, Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Today's 'See Hear' comes from the Chelsea Flower Show, an annual event organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.


Rhada takes a stroll through the amazing show gardens hoping to pick up some inspiration for her parents' garden, which is need of some sprucing up.


She takes a closer look at the Children's Society garden, the 'Eden Project garden', the 'Rhubarb Crumble and Custard' garden and the 'Road to Recovery' garden in aid of 'Help for Heroes' charity.


Rhada also gets to talk to garden designers and expert growers and mingles with other garden enthusiasts visiting the flower show, such as celebrities Christopher Biggins, Helen Mirren, Jayne Torvill and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.


The Chelsea Flower Show has been held at the RoyalHospital in Chelsea for the last 88 years, since its inception in 1913.

Many people come here to admire the gardens, which are displayed on an 11 acre site. The Great Pavilion alone is the size of two football pitches.

It is also an important occasion for growers from all over the world to show off their new creations, in the hope of winning a coveted RHS medal.


If you would like to find out more about the Chelsea flower show please follow this link:


And if you are interested in Gardeners World Live, which

takes place next week from the 16th June to 20th June at the NEC in Birmingham, then take a look at



And we meet James Clark, who was diagnosed with sensory neural loss at a young age, which left him with substantial hearing loss.

Despite or maybe because of having had to cope with difficult times whilst growing up, including being bullied at school, James is determined to make something of his life and still harbours an ambition to be a professional race driver.


See Hear catches up with James at the Clay Pigeon Raceway, one of the UK's leading kart circuits, set in the Dorset countryside as James is about to embark on his first ever Easy Kart championship race.


And although things are not going quite to plan on the day, James is not one to easily give up...

He is certainly one to watch out for in the future!


Easy Kart is licensed racing at an entry level. It is run under the umbrella of the MSA, the Motor Sports Association.

Many of today's F1 stars including the reigning British F1 World Champion Jenson Button all started their driving careers in karts.


If you want to find out more about easy kart racing, please follow this link:

Wednesday, 2nd of June BBC2, 1.00pm

SH Line Producer | 16:30 UK time, Wednesday, 2 June 2010

On today's programme we meet the Deaf Stoke folk who have helped shape both the history of The Potteries area where they live and the sign language that is unique to their community.


Stoke-on-Trent, in the heart of England, is considered to be the home of the pottery industry, which is why it is commonly known as The Potteries. Over the years it's been a popular source of employment for the 100,000 Deaf and hard of hearing people that live in the area.


Since the early 1700s, over 1,500 pottery firms have operated in the Stoke-on-Trent area, with world-renowned companies such as Royal Doulton, Dudson Ltd, Spode, Wedgwood and Minton all originating from the region.

Sadly over the years factory numbers have been in steady decline with only 350 ceramic-based businesses in North Staffordshire left today.


The majority of deaf children in Staffordshire used to attend the only Deaf school in the area, the MountSchool for the Deaf in Stoke-on-Trent, which opened in1897 and closed in 2003.

Working in the pottery factories was a career path typical for many Deaf school leavers in Stoke-on-Trent, and was often a job for life.

Many of the signs used by pupils from the MountSchool for the Deaf are still used by the Stoke Deaf community today keeping the unique dialect of The Potteries alive.



And we visit Wendy Garbett. She recently contacted the programme with her thoughts on hearing aids and what's hot and what's not when it comes to getting the best hearing aid.

See Hear decided to take up Wendy's challenge to find out what the difference is between what's available privately and what you can get via the NHS.

Is it always a case of you get what you pay for when it comes to hearing aids?  Are free NHS digital hearing aids of equal, if not better, quality than those from the private sector?

See Hear finds out....


Plus we visit a new recently established online company which has been set up recently. The online site claims to revolutionise the hearing aid market, which is worth 210 million a year, by under cutting high street prices and alleviating customer inconvenience.



f you want to find out more, please follow this link




We also raise a glass to English Wine Week with grape connoisseur, Jilly Goolden.


Memnos sets off to England's largest vineyard, Denbies, in Dorking, Surrey, to find out all about English wine from grape to bottle.

Helping him on his mission Jilly Goolden teaches Memnos how to smell and articulate the tastes and aromas of wine.


English Wine Week is a national campaign to promote the wines and vineyards of England and is held this year starting from Saturday 29th May until Sunday 6th June.

Over the course of the week special events, tastings, offers and other activities are taking place in vineyards across the country. It's an opportunity to show people round, give them tastings of wine and get them to see what vineyards are all about.

If you would like to find out more about English Wine Week, and for a full listing of events and activities, please follow this link


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