Award category: Media Moment

This award recognises a media moment that has had a powerful impact. This could be a soap or drama storyline, entertainment TV show, film, podcast, or any other media format. The media moment should have helped shift attitudes on disability.

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Nominees in this award category

A Kind of Spark

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A Kind of Spark

A Kind of Spark is a TV show based on the award-winning book from neurodivergent author Elle McNicoll. It’s a powerful, live-action series about friendship, courage and self-belief. It tells the inspirational story of neurodivergent teenager Addie. Addie is fascinated by witch trials that happened centuries ago in her hometown. She knows that there’s more to the story of these ‘witches’, just as there is more to her own.

Praised as “groundbreaking in its portrayal of autistic women”, the series has been nominated for numerous Awards.

British Vogue Disability Issue

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British Vogue Disability Issue

In May 2023 British Vogue featured 19 disabled trailblazers in a series of celebratory portraits and interviews. They were from fashion, sport, the arts, and activism. The ‘Reframing Fashion’ issue highlighted how the fashion industry can adapt to include disabled people.

British Vogue partnered with accessibility consultancy Tilting the Lens for this landmark issue. The team curated the list of talent featured and ensured the shoot was accessible.  For the first time, British Vogue was made available in physical and digital Braille, and in audio format.

Hollyoaks: What’s Your Normal?

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Hollyoaks: What’s Your Normal?

What’s Your Normal is an episode of the long running soap Hollyoaks, dedicated to exploring the lives of disabled people. It is part of an ongoing process of crafting a broader narrative around disability on Hollyoaks.

What’s Your Normal was made by a largely disabled cast and crew, using creatively repurposed real-life stories of disability. By incorporating lived experience, writer Jonathan Boam, who is neurodivergent, and director Bim Ajadi, who is deaf, created a compelling drama of ordinary disabled lives.

Ralph & Katie

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Ralph & Katie

The BBC series Ralph & Katie follows newlyweds, both of whom have Down’s Syndrome, through their first year of marriage. The six-part primetime show was written by five disabled writers. It starred two learning disabled lead actors and had a hugely inclusive cast, crew and working practices.

In the media moment from episode one, Katie is shocked by her husband Ralph’s perception of her abilities. Her response challenges the audience to not make assumptions about disabled peoples’ skills and potential.

Unique Boutique

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Unique Boutique

BBC Studios’ The Unique Boutique, produced for Channel 4, is an inclusive makeover series. Award-winning actor Ruth Madeley, who is a wheelchair user, narrates. The series empowers disabled people not served by high street brands to find an outfit which suits their needs. 

At the Unique Boutique, an expert panel of disabled designers and stylists meet the contributors as they discuss their dream outfit. The experts then design and make stylish outfits, that work for their body. 

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