Did BBC3’s disability season hit the mark?
If you caught even part of BBC Three’s Defying the Label season – the channel’s biggest ever season of disability related programming – it was easy to sense the relish of the commissioning editors. Over the past month, there have been 15 specialist documentaries, current affairs features, a factual drama and a comedy panel game show that covered topics ranging from sex and relationships to hate crime. At times, it was as if BBC Three felt they were single-handedly filling in the wasteland of mainstream coverage of disability. Perhaps they were.
In my weaker moments, I would prefer a television-wide ban of every disabled person in the country than to watch another makeover programme renovate a disabled person’s house or garden to a chorus of inspirational music …