Given the competitive nature of the TV industry it’s perhaps hard to imagine our biggest broadcasters and independent production companies coming together to discuss how they can work together on a project that might just change the entire industry. But for the past year, eleven of some of the biggest companies in the industry have been meeting once a month to do just that – all in the name of saving the planet.
Compare and contrast the cheering crowds that lauded our Paralympian medal winners with the focus group research, carried out recently by the Glasgow Media Group, that found that a representative sample of the British population believes that between half and three-quarters of all disability benefit claimants are scroungers.
Paralympics: Some are only watching to get the gory details of how athletes acquired their impairments
It finally happened about two seconds into the opening ceremony intro show. I’d been feeling iffy for a few days but Jon Snow finally made the inevitable happen: Abuse of the word “inspirational” triggered my gag reflex.
As a woman with a disability, I think it is great how this country has become so excited about the Paralympics and collectively discovered that disabled people can do things.
I’ve got a confession to make; I’ve never been a fan of the Paralympics or disability sport in general.
I’m a sports nut. Whatever the sport, I can pretty much learn to get it, and fast.
When I first heard the format of I’m Spazticus, I had high hopes for the programme. Disabled people pranking non-disabled people? That’ll be a laugh, I thought.
After playing Douglas Reynholm, the nation’s favourite clueless boss in The IT Crowd, Matt Berry’s new sitcom hits Channel 4 on Monday.
When Channel 4 screened Ria: Diary of a Teen Transsexual last Tuesday I was prepared for ignorant comments. I didn’t predict though that criticism towards 17 year old Ria would focus so heavily on her sex work.
“Transsexual” has become shorthand for someone ridiculous, someone unnamed, someone that nice, middle-class people probably don’t know. Transphobia has passed the dinner table test because those who mock trans people simply don’t expect to see one of us at their dinner tables. I’d like to petition high profile trans newsreaders and politicians to raise awareness, but none exist. Trans people are today’s Aunt Sallys – and comics throw pies at us with impunity.
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