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BBC Three’s ‘Defying the Label’ season to air this summer: 15 outstanding programmes examining life for young people living with a disability


A season of compelling, untold stories revealing a glimpse of life as a young, disabled person will air on BBC Three this summer including the factual drama 'Don’t Take My Baby' and 'The World’s Worst Place to be Disabled?' presented by the disabled journalist Sophie Morgan.


Through 15 specialist documentaries, current affairs features, a factual drama and a comedy panel game show, BBC Three’s ‘Defying the Label’ season will explore issues ranging from invisible injuries to acquiring a disability later in life; sex and romance; poverty; bullying; hate crime and role models.


Damian Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Three, says:  “This incredibly powerful range of programmes has been designed to speak honestly to our open-minded BBC Three viewers.  With the channel’s strong reputation for delivering hard-hitting, critically acclaimed seasons including Crime and Punishment and Mental Health season, ‘Defying the Label’ will challenge the views of our savvy audiences whilst questioning perspectives and attitudes towards young disabled people in the UK today”.


Epilepsy & Me: Monday 10th August


What happens when people can’t see your disability?  It’s hidden and can strike at any time, without warning – when you’re walking down the street, in a classroom, at a party or on a date.  Epilepsy & Me is a film about people who have extreme epilepsy, where seizures can be a daily occurrence and they have to be watched 24 hours a day.  In this film we follow four people at a crucial point in their lives when their futures are being decided.  It’s rare that 21 year-old Jack gets through a day without having a convulsive seizure.  He needs constant supervision, but is determined to take his new girlfriend Olivia out on a date – which is made even more complicated when he has to bring his support worker along.  Amy, 24, is leaving her residential college and needs to find somewhere to live, but where will be safe, happy and allow her more independence?  Olivia is 21 years old and hasn’t had a seizure for four years and wants to prove to others that she’s ready to learn to drive – something most people around her believe isn’t possible.  And 14 year-old Thomas has recently developed epilepsy because of a newly discovered brain tumour.  What will happen if he has major surgery?  How can you grow up and lead an independent life when you can never be left alone?  Made by Voltage, the Executive Producer is Sanjay Singhall.  The BBC Commissioning Editor is Elliot Reed.




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