The BBC’s long-running series for deaf people, See Hear, was awarded a Special Recognition Award by RTS Bristol last night, for the show’s 35 years on air.
Sophie Stone, the deaf actress who has recently starred in Doctor Who, presented the award to the team and talked of its importance as the voice of the deaf community and its portrayal of deaf people as ‘people with potential.’
William Mager, Series Producer, See Hear, said: “Many other programmes have come and gone over the years, but See Hear remains the only programme on a mainstream channel presented in sign language for deaf and hard of hearing audiences. This highlight’s the BBC’s ongoing commitment to diversity and serving minority audiences.”
Roger Farrant, Executive Producer, See Hear, said: “The See Hear team is delighted that the RTS has made this special award to recognise the programme’s achievements over the last 35 years. See Hear has always been a great champion for the Deaf community; highlighting injustice, promoting Deaf culture and celebrating the achievements of Deaf people.
The See Hear team is very proud that its work over the last 35 years has been recognised by the RTS in the West of England. We know the programme is much loved by the Deaf community. It’s so important for Deaf people to see themselves reflected on screen and we remain determined to make sure that happens.”
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