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Is Helen Keller a 20th century icon?

Will Deafblind activist Helen Keller be voted in as a 20th century icon? And a theatre production performed by visually impaired aerial artists.

Icons is an epic new history series for BBC Two profiling great people from seven different fields of human endeavour. It asks you to vote for your favourites, and ultimately decide who was the greatest person of the 20th century.

Icons: Activists is on BBC Two, Monday 21 June, @ 9pm. If you want to find out how to vote for Helen Keller or any of the other nominees featured in the series then go to, where you can also find Terms and a Privacy Notice.

Extant theatre, a company of visually-impaired performers and directors, is about to start a new tour with ‘Flight Paths’ – the cast are Amelia Cavallo and Sarah Houbolt, actors and circus performers who perform part of the show on aerial silks. The show will be made accessible through creative audio description and new sound technology called spatialised tracking. The shows run from 5th Feb – 5th March.

Peter White talks to two of the performers.

Presenter: Peter White
Producer: Lee Kumutat

Photo description: Promotional photo for FLIGHT PATHS 2019 tour by Chris Andreou.

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