Archives for September 2010

Wednesday, 29th September, BBC2, 1pm

SH Line Producer | 10:28 UK time, Wednesday, 29 September 2010

On today’s programme See Hear meets Sophie Woolley and Gemma Fairlie from the Tin Bath Theatre Company  who are demonstrating some of the unique methods and technologies they are developing to improve accessibility to theatre for deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences.

Deaf writer and actress, Sophie Woolley and her collaborators have been experimenting with computers that trigger captions and display subtitles during each scene of their performances.

The project explores innovative ways of using captions and graphics for deaf members of the audience.

Sophie and Gemma plan to continue research and the development of their creative captioning system so they can stage the complete play in the autumn.

So watch this space!


The surname 'Woolley' has, of course, been very familiar to See Hear viewers over the years! Maggie Woolley, Sophie’s mother, being one of the original presenters of See Hear.


Below you can read Sophie’s blog on her Tin Bath test:



And we meet the young wildlife conservationist who wanted to share her success story with See Hear and show that being deaf is not a barrier to pursuing your passions.

Rebecca Kiggins graduated with a geography degree from Coventry University and now works in her dream job as a conservation assistant at the World Owl Trust in the Lake District in the grounds of Muncaster Castle.


If you would like to find out more about the World Owl Trust, you can click on the link below



And we get unique access to the grand halls of Buckingham Palace with See Hear viewers, the Choudhury family, who test out the Palace’s new hand held  BSL guides, which have been launched this summer for the first time to be available during the annual summer season’s opening of the Palace doors.

This allows a Deaf visitor to come at any time convenient to them rather than relying on the BSL interpreted and lip speaking guided tours, which are normally pre booked tours for individuals which happen at the end of the day.


For more information about the Royal Collections including Buckingham Palace, please follow the link


And just a week's programme will go out at the earlier time of 11.30am...

See you then.


Wednesday 22nd September, BBC Two, 1PM

SH Line Producer | 15:24 UK time, Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Coming up on today’s programme, we join a group of teenagers from the Ear Foundation as they take a trip to London, experience the Underground and pay a visit to Downing Street.  The Ear Foundation run a number of teen days, where teenagers with cochlear implants can get together, have some fun and share their experiences. See Hear took up the invitation to travel to London with them and take in the sights and sounds of the capital. We see just how important these days are for the teenagers to share their experiences of wearing cochlear implants.


And friend of See Hear Caroline Parker is returning to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Not as a performer this time, but to see how accessible this years fringe festival was for Deaf and hard of hearing festival – goers.


Whilst we were off air over the summer See Hear met up with Deaf author Louise Stern at Latitude, a festival of music, literature and performing arts. Louise is fourth generation deaf has published her first book. The book is called “Chattering” and it’s a collection of tales about young women setting out on journeys of discovery. The book looks like it will cause a stir in the way the relationship between language and silence is viewed.


Let us know what you think!


And just to let you know that on Wednesday 29th September the programme will go on out at 11am on BBC Two.

Wednesday 15th September, BBC Two, 1PM

SH Line Producer | 16:21 UK time, Tuesday, 14 September 2010

On today's show See Hear has travelled the length and breadth of the UK! We're off to the home of golf, St Andrews in Scotland for the World Deaf Golf Championships. The Championship attracts players from 18 different countries across the world. See Hear has joined golfer Mark Forrest, one of six golfers competing in the England team to see how he faired on the fairway.


Also today, See Hear is in Norfolk to see a unique project that provides support and encourages independent living for it's deaf and hard of hearing residents. Rotary House, in Norwich provides accommodation, which is adapted for the needs of its tenants. See Hear took up the invitation to visit Rotary House and meet the Lord Mayor of Norwich to find out why Rotary House is his chosen civic charity.


And also today we meet 90 year old Lawrence Moody who like many people of his generation suffers from hearing loss. After reluctantly seeking help, Lawrence struck up a friendship with his audiologist who after discovering his amazing story of survival in one of the most brutal Prisoner of War camps of the Second World War encouraged Lawrence to share his story with See Hear.

Wednesday 8th September, BBC TWO, 1PM

SH Line Producer | 15:41 UK time, Tuesday, 7 September 2010

See Hear is back and we hope that you have enjoyed your summer? While we've been off air the team have been busy filming up and down the country.


Our first programme back is something of a birthday celebration.


On today's show we're at the Royal Albert Hall in London at the first ever signed prom. Radha gets exclusive access behind the scenes for the rehearsals and then joins the audience to celebrate the 80th birthday of Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim and meets Paul Whittaker, the man who has the task of signing the live performance in front of millions of viewers.


It's also many happy returns to Slough Deaf Club, which is celebrating its 50th birthday; a remarkable achievement, as we have seen many Deaf Clubs close their doors because of dwindling numbers. Of course, See Hear went along to join in the party along with a familiar face, Clive Mason, who reported on the 25th celebrations for See Hear all those years ago.


And another familiar face to See Hear, John Hay, takes us up to Scotland to show us where he had his first Deaf Club experiences and tells us about the closure of the Aberdeen and North East Society for the Deaf.

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