Inclusive Storytelling and Production: Ralph and Katie and Then Barbara Met Alan
This panel session will share practical tips and recommendations on best practice and how to make a production truly inclusive and accessible, showcasing the BBC comedy drama Ralph and Katie and factual drama Then Barbara Met Alan. Industry practitioners involved in both productions will provide key insights and learning and discuss how inclusion was at the heart of all decision making, and offer take-away ideas and solutions.
Ralph and Katie, created by BAFTA-winning writer Peter Bowker, is a spin off from The A Word. The series follows the story of newlyweds Ralph (BAFTA Breakthrough Leon Harrop) and Katie (Sarah Gordy) Wilson, as they navigate their way through love and independence, living with Down’s syndrome. Bowker is lead writer and enlisted a team of new and emerging disabled writers to work with him. The session will delve into how this groundbreaking series was delivered, from creating ‘adjustment and access passports’, covering everything from mental health to caring responsibilities, to providing opportunities to deaf, disabled and neurodivergent trainees.
Then Barbara Met Alan follows the founders of disability activism group DAN (Direct Action Network), Barbara Lisicki and Alan Holdsworth, as they push for better support for disabled people, written by BAFTA winner Jack Thorne and Genevieve Barr and starring BAFTA nominated actress and BAFTA Breakthrough Ruth Madeley. The single drama brought together the largest collective of disabled talent on any UK TV show, speakers will explore overcoming the physical, practical challenges on set, alongside communication styles, in order to create a rich, diverse working environment that captured an important piece of disability social history.
Ralph and Katie is co-produced for the BBC by ITV Studios and Keshet Productions in association with Tiger Aspect. Then Barbara Met Alan was produced by Dragonfly Film and Television and One Shoe Films for the BBC and Netflix.
Ralph and Katie
Jules Hussey, Producer (Founder, Brazen Productions)
Jess Mabel Jones, Creative Coach
Ben Ledsham, Trainee Runner and Assistant Director,
Then Barbara Met Alan
Amit Sharma, Director
Jack Thorne, Writer
Bryony Arnold, Producer
Chaired by Sam Tatlow MBE, Creative Diversity Partner, ITV
Join us from 8.45pm in the Reuben Gallery, after the session, for informal networking and drinks. A chance to network with BAFTA members, industry practitioners, emerging talent and disability organisations in attendance.
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