The BBC is to tackle disability in the 21st century with a new season of themed programmes.
Beyond Disability is a new BBC One / Radio 5 live documentary season that captures the compelling stories of disabled people and their families as they take on everyday life and new challenges. Tackling the reality of what it means to be disabled in the 21st century, Beyond Disability recounts the very personal experiences of individuals and families as they enter new phases of their lives.
“BBC One has always been committed to exploring the lives of people who are disabled and this season is about ordinary disabled people dealing with the same everyday challenges that everyone faces – leaving home, choosing a career, raising a family. BBC One brings together a personal collection of stories about what it means to live a life not just defined by physical or mental limitations.” – Maxine Watson, Executive Producer
BBC One follows Nic Hamilton (born with cerebral palsy) in his first season as a racing driver, while Rosa Monckton speaks to parents facing the challenge of allowing their children with learning disabilities to live independent lives.
Rita Simons wants to make the best decision for her profoundly deaf five-year-old daughter, while comedian Laurence Clark and his wife make the decision to have a second child, despite both having cerebral palsy. They lay bare the joys and hurdles of disabled parenting.
On BBC Radio 5 live, Nikki Fox challenges what it really means to be disabled in the UK in the 21st century with Adventures Of A Blue Badger on 29 March. On its news programmes that day Radio 5 live will give the audience a chance to air their views on the issues it raises.
“This is a powerful documentary that looks at the day-to-day challenges of people with disabilities in the UK. In Nikki Fox I think we’ve found a brilliant and characterful voice to present this thoughtful and entertaining programme.” – Jonathan Wall, Deputy Controller, BBC Radio 5 live
Beyond Disability starts on BBC One in March and includes repeats of Stormchaser: The Butterfly And The Tornado on BBC Three and You’re Having A Laugh on BBC Two.