Britain’s Missing Top Model (Love Productions/BBC Three) and Coming Down The Mountain (Tiger Aspect Productions/BBC One) won the Media Factual and Media Fiction categories at last night’s RADAR awards. The awards recognise achievement across the public and private sectors in making equality and human rights for all disabled people a reality.
Jana Bennett, Director BBC Vision said, “It’s critical that to connect with all of our audiences, we must authentically reflect the lives of disabled people on-screen.To have won both media categories at this year’s RADAR awards is a fantastic acknowledgement of just how far we’ve come recently with disability portrayal. Britain’s Missing Top Model and Coming Down The Mountain are both mainstream programmes that succeeded in normalising disability – something we will continue to strive to achieve in all areas of our output.”
Britain’s Missing Top Model followed eight young disabled women as they competed to break into the modelling industry. The critically acclaimed BBC Three series aimed to challenge preconceptions and conventional notions about beauty and raised the issue that, with approximately 10 million disabled people in the UK today, disability should be represented in the fashion world.
BBC One’s Coming Down The Mountain was the first TV drama written by award-winning novelist Mark Haddon, gaining an audience of almost five million. Actor Tommy Jessop, who has Down’s Syndrome, gave a compelling performance as Ben, a major character who is not defined by his disability alone.