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04.09.02

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What's Your Problem?

Full press pack available below

BBC TWO is taking a bold and innovative approach to covering disability issues this autumn with a season of drama and documentaries that tackle the complex subject head-on.

These groundbreaking films give viewers a unique and provocative view of the world, through the eyes of a disparate group of disabled people.

This is also the first time that BBC TWO will explore disability through drama.

Jane Root, BBC TWO Controller, said: "For the first time we are using drama - as well as documentaries - to tackle this often undiscussed subject, and the result is some really powerful voices, which I think will help us to confront our own fears and prejudices.

"What's Your Problem? avoids the all-too-frequent approach of presenting disabled people as either heroes or villains and instead tries to reflect what it really means to people to be disabled now, in the 21st century."


The documentaries in the season include:


One In Seven, in which the experiences of four people with disabilities paint a revealing insider's view of life in Britain today;


Surviving Thalidomide, the story of three British people whose mothers were given the drug Thalidomide during pregnancy, but who survived;


The Man Who Learned To See, the moving and funny documentary telling the extraordinary human story of Mike May and his struggle to see;


Twisted (working title), the story of 12-year-old Krystie Maddox, diagnosed with Friedreich's Ataxia, a progressive disorder of the nervous system which affects balance, co-ordination, movement and sensation;


The dramas in the season include:


Flesh And Blood, about a father whose world is turned upside down when he discovers the truth about his origins;


and North Face, The Egg and Urban Myth, short 10-minute films by three of the UK's best-known writers, specifically written for three of the UK's best disabled actors.

Notes to Editors

The What's Your Problem? press pack (403 KB) is available in pdf format. You may require Adobe Acrobat Software to read PDF files which can be obtained here.


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