Sunday, June 27, 2010

BBC2 show, "Are you having a laugh?" looks at disability on British TV

From BBC's Ouch!:

"Are You Having a Laugh?" - disability on TV, aired on BBC Two at 9 p.m. on Friday June 25.

The unique documentary, voiced by David Walliams and featuring a selection of well-known commentators from the worlds of comedy and disability, including Francesca Martinez and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, takes a rye look at how various impairments have been represented on television down through the years.

Are You Having a Laugh remembers some of the most popular and infamous disabled characters to ever grace our British TV screens, Blue Peter's Joey Deacon and Brenda from the office to name but two. While celebrating how far television has come and where we find ourselves in 2010, the show also manages to convey, in a rather humorous and heart-warming way, the slightly ridiculous, vaguely embarrassing and darned right hilarious manner in which disability has historically been depicted in soap, comedy, kids TV and even American detective drama.

This is a funny, accessible, mainstream piece of telly, chock full of contributors who all make for seriously good disabled role models. In fact, with appearances by the Mat Fraser (pictured), Laurence Clark, Kiruna Stamell and Julie Fernandez, the credits read a bit like an Ouch! honours list.