I subscribe to the wonderful BBC Ouch programme through my Facebook account to keep up to date about when the latest disability news when an article on their blog caught my eye.
Turns out that there are few programmes that are going to aired in the coming months. Excited!?!
Well, yes and no.
The wonderful Jasmine Burkitt is back on our screens with Small Teen Bigger World as part of the Extraordinary Me season on BBC3.
Next up is Channel 4’s offering, oh so, originally titled ‘Seven Dwarves’, that follows (would you believe it) seven dwarves as they go through panto season together. From what’s gathered off the C4 website it’s an ‘observational documentary…aims to cut across some of the preconceptions that small people often encounter’. Maybe they should have tried changing the programme title to start with?…
Next up is Warwick Davis and Ricky Gervais’ collaboration ‘Life’s Too Short’ that is a parody documentary about Warwick’s day-to-day life. There’s a quite a clever and wry clip that manages to catch the frustrations of what’s like being short and having people talk for you. I’ve been a naysayer in the past on this here blog, about this collaboration, but I’m pleasantly surprised by this minute teaser. Let’s see if I have to eat my words any further when it airs on BBC 2.
I’m glad that there is going to be an increased presence on the TV and in the media about restricted growth in general, it can only be a good thing, though I think us dwarves will always be more than worried about how we are going to be portrayed and what effect that will have on us on the street the next day. The entertainment industry hasn’t been so sympathetic to us in the past.
- BBC 3 – Small Teen, Bigger World »
- Channel 4 – Seven Dwarves – Press Info »
- Channel 4 – Seven Dwarves – Biographies »
- BBC 2 – Life’s Too Short (programme info and preview clip) »
- BBC Comedy Blog – Find out who’s guest starring in the show (psst Johnny Depp *swoon*) »
- You can read Damon Rose’s article on the BBC Ouch Blog here »