Jono Lancaster is back on our screens in So What If My Baby Is Born Like Me?

Following on from the documentary Love Me, Love My Face featuring Jono LancasterSo What If My Baby Is Born Like Me? is the latest offering from the BBC, and looks at the dilemma parents with hereditary disabilities face when deciding whether to have children.

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Jono Lancaster, 26, was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a disability that has a 50% chance of being passed on to his children. Having faced hardship as a child, Jono and long-term girlfriend Laura, are unsure of whether to risk passing this disability, and its inherent problems, on to their child.

Trying to decide the right path, the programme sees the couple visit other families having faced this decision, as well as children with Treacher Collins syndrome and adults who have coped through adolescence living with the disability, and are happily out the other side!

Watch on BBC 3 tonight (19th April) at 9pm to learn a little more about this tough decision that so many face.

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April 19, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Entertainment. 13 comments.

New Channel 4 documentary about disfigurement

Starting tonight is a new four-part documentary named Katie: My Beautiful Friends, which hopes to challenge the way society views disfigurement.

Katie, who was facially disfigured by an acid attack in 2008, first appeared on TV in the documentary Katie: My Beautiful Face. Having grown to accept her disfigurement, she is turning her attention to helping others.

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Katie: My Beautiful Friends follows Katie’s journey over the period of a year as she sets up a charity aimed at transforming the lives of those living with disfigurements, giving them the confidence to accept their abnormalities.

There seems to be a disfigurement theme on Channel 4 at the moment as this follows the series Beauty and the Beast, a show trying to change the ways of a collection of beauty-obsessed people.

Tune into Channel 4 tonight at 9pm to see Katie: My Beautiful Friends, and check out this interesting article I found about a 13-year-old boy who is proud of his facial disfigurements.

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March 22, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Entertainment. Leave a comment.

New documentary Beauty and the Beast

This week my Wednesday night was spent watching Beauty and the Beast – no, I’m not talking about the Disney film, but a new six-part series on Channel 4, which looks at the ‘ugly face of prejudice‘.

The first episode saw 49-year-old Leo, who has had third-degree burns on his face since the age of 14, try to convince unconfident beauty addict Yasmin that attractiveness is about more than just false eyelashes and blusher.

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We also saw Adam, who has facial disfigurements due to the condition neurofibromatosis, challenge the advertising world, and British public, when it comes to portraying images of perfection. He even goes as far as recreating the iconic Beckham advert for Armani underwear.

With a staggering, but unsurprising, 9 out of 10 women in the UK being unhappy with their appearance, the show aims to break down barriers and challenge opinion on what is beautiful.

Watch the last episode on 4oD, or tune in next Wednesday (9th February) at 9pm to see the next instalment.

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February 6, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Entertainment. 1 comment.