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Wednesday, 6th October, BBC2, 11.30pm

SH Line Producer | 15:04 UK time, Tuesday, 5 October 2010

On today’s programme we find out more about the special relationship hearing children have with their Deaf parents and we also look into the unique considerations of growing up between two worlds and cultures.

Memnos Costi and his hearing daughters invite us into their home and we catch up with some other familiar faces too - former See Hear presenter Martin Colville and current in-vision interpreter Alban Ward-Welch talk about their experiences as children of deaf adults.


Also on the show we follow beauty queen hopeful Siobhan Brindley-Lewis. Having recently made history as the first profoundly deaf woman to win a place in the final of a mainstream beauty contest will Siobhan go all the way in her bid for the Miss England 2010 crown?


And don't forget , due to the coverage of the Commonwealth Games next week's programme will be at the later time of 2 pm.






  • Comment number 1.

    This documentary about CODAs was really interesting. Myself raised by deaf mother who was dependent on interpreters. However, living in communism where deafness was a bad sign and you basically was not allowed to use sign language as a part of communication, interpreters were a rare species then! I was interpreting most of the issues related to my mother and found some circumstances awkward. Obviously the attachment having a deaf parent among hearing neighbourhood led to bullying (verbal or physical). One or two things I was positive about it was the fact that I knew lots of words (terminology used in court, police, hospital, GPs etc.) and had a wider knowledge about deaf/hearing society. This made me richer in a way that I can switch easily between two worlds. However, from the adult point of view I think it's unfair to children of CODA to be "interpreters" unless they want to contribute themselves. Sometimes I found hard to sit next to my mum and watch news with her, because I had to focus on every word and try to interpret in a way that mum could easily understand - no jargon and fancy words! But in overall I would not change a thing about it though. :)


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