- Saturday 6th October 2018, 9:18am [Edited]
- London, United Kingdom
- 7 posts
Would be really interesting to hear peoples thoughts on Disability in TV especially in comedy. (all forms) We have recently made a moc/doc pilot about a disabled guy in a wheelchair who amongst other things in the community manages an 6 a side power league football team in Harlow/Essex. For me I never wrote the show to shine a light on the fact that he's disabled, I wrote it because I thought (you may not agree) the character is interesting and flawed like the rest us, the fact that he's disabled is actually incidental.
When I see a comedy on TV that has disability in it, it always seems to me that they are shining a massive light on the disability as opposed to telling a interesting story about the person/character who happens to have the disability.(ticking boxes if you will) Or even worse they use an able bodied actor to play the disabled role. I'm going to exclude Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights from this as he is amazing as is the show. If you could find a better disabled comedy actor to play that part then fair enough but I doubt you could find ANY actor (disabled or not) to match the skills of Peter Kay.
Anyways would be interested to hear what you comedy folks have to say, I will put the link below to our 1 min trailer if you wish to take a look at 'Life On Wheels' but please don't feel you in anyway need to watch it, I'm just as interested to hear your thoughts on the subject.