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Channel 4 Remains Committed To Disability Programming

March 13, 2013

This is all good news to me, except for the planned second series of I’m Spazticus. Regular readers may remember that I hated the one episode I watched of that programme.

Channel 4‘s chief creative officer Jay Hunt said its commitment to disability programming was not “tokenism'” as she announced the return of The Undateables, I’m Spazticus and Adam Hills’ acclaimed The Last Leg.

The Undateables has emerged as one of the broadcaster’s biggest returnable hits while The Last Leg has grown out of Channel 4’s widely praised coverage of the London 2012 Paralympics.

Hunt also unveiled a new show starring Paralympics presenter Arthur Williams.

Williams, a plane enthusiast, will present The Wooden Wonder, a documentary about the unsung hero of the Second World War, the Mosquito. He will also get to fly the last operational Mosquito in existence.

Another Paralympics presenter Ade Adepitan was confirmed as a new presenter on Channel 4’s Unreported World strand at a Channel 4 launch on Tuesday night.

Channel 4 has picked up the UK TV rights to the Rio Paralympic games in 2016.

There will also be a second series of prank show I’m Spazticus.

“It isn’t tokenism – it is about great presenters telling amazing stories,” said Hunt. “It just so happens those presenters are disabled”.

She added that she wanted to “escape from the idea that disability issues are niche” and said Channel 4 had gone “further than any other broadcaster in putting disabled presenters at the heart of what we do”.

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