It is a controversial topic and one that may make for uncomfortable viewing.
BBC drama Call The Midwife is to tell the story of a pair of disabled lovers forced apart and ridiculed after the woman becomes pregnant.
Disability charities yesterday welcomed the plotline, saying it highlights how far society has come since the judgmental 1950s in which the programme is set.
The episode, which is to be aired on Sunday night, will feature the characters of Sally Harper, who has Down’s syndrome, and Jacob Milligan, who has cerebral palsy.
The pair live in an institution, having been sent there by their parents – as was common at the time.
But after they fall in love and Sally becomes pregnant, the couple are separated and Sally faces ridicule from her mother and father.
The episode deals with the prejudice and stigma she would have experienced.
Call The Midwife is shown on BBC One before the nine o’clock watershed, and in the past storylines featuring abortion, incest and infidelity have shocked viewers. But yesterday campaigners welcomed the inclusion of disability and love as a theme.
The character of Sally is played by Sarah Gordy, and Jacob by Colin Young. Both actors have the disability that they portray on screen.
Both actors have the disability that they portray on screen.
Both actors have the disability that they portray on screen.
I’m hesitant to click through because I don’t expect the Daily Mail to not say something ableist, but I’m interested to see how this episode turns out! I liked Jacob in his previous appearance.
Man, if there’s one show I can count on to get this kind of thing right (but still in a safely middlebrow way, make no mistake), it’s Call the Midwife.
Season 3 premieres in the US on 3/30; you can watch Seasons 1 & 2 on Netflix.
Taking a week before I start my new job to get back into botanical illustration. I work at the Phipps COnservatory and their orchid and bonsai show started on the 17th. I was able to collect a few specimens that fell off while preparing for the show.
Orchids are the best plants.
"the livid phosphorescence of decadence can still be enjoyed in these later, more rebarbative times" - the dedalus book of german decadence (1994), ed. ray furness
Is this real? I want it to be real. But it seems too good to be real. I mean, that COVER. That PARAGRAPH.
Yes! She is a big favourite on http://basic.fm
They do not mention here all the *~*drama*~* about Daphne Oram’s tenure at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, which she helped found, but then had to leave because the BBC wanted to make the Doctor Who theme and she wanted to make musique concrete. You can read all about it in this Guardian article from 2008
My annoying romance novel trope of the day is when the hero and/or heroine decide to do things because they decide it’s “what’s best” for the other person—usually involving going away and never seeing the other person again—even after they’ve had a conversation about how that’s not what either of them wants.
They do this in kdramas and it drives me nuts!!!!! I’ve seen it being kind of subverted in a few more recent shows, though, like one character will try to disappear from the other’s life and the other person will be like, “where are you going, silly?" Or one of the characters will need to leave for a while but is totally clear about why, like "Listen, I need to travel for a while and get rid of/get right with my ghost-seeing abilities so I don’t feel unequal in our relationship.” I like that a lot better.
I’m not here to defend “We Built This City,” though I hardly think it’s the worst song of all time. Instead, I’m here to urge every music fan to dig deeper and interrogate his or her own definition of what makes a song terrible. I feel like we pile on “We Built This City” because it’s too feeble to fight back; because we as a community of music-lovers accept that it’s the worst song ever the way we accept that Pet Sounds or Sgt. Pepper or A Love Supreme or Blue or Blood on the Tracks is the best album ever. Which is to say, we accept these opinions as truth because they’ve been accepted that way before most of us even got here.Why does everyone think “We Built This City” is the worst song ever? NPR’s Stephen Thompson thinks we can do better — or worse, depending (via nprmusic)
I feel like no true small-d democrat should ever believe that a chart-topping song is the Worst Song Ever. If that many people liked it when it came out, it must have some redeeming value, right? The Worst Song Ever must be one that, like, some non-Lorde 17-year-old wrote and performed once at their school’s Open Mic Night. And then, when they got older, they burned/buried it along with all the other mementos of their youthful humiliation, so it’s lost to the sands of time. Right?
Here is a photo of what I thought was a princess’s castle at age 6, and thought I had made up/dreamt at age 14, but what is in reality a Russian Orthodox church in the town where I lived from Kindergarten - 2nd grade.
It was built for a princess, as it turns out.
I just want you to know that a 24-carat gold vibrator is a thing you can buy with money, and not even that much of it, considering
Went to the studio (aka our family friend’s basement) today to record for my dad’s Irish emigrant music project. He takes sheet music of forgotten popular songs from the Library of Congress, makes MIDI files of the piano accompaniment, and sings them. (As far as nerdy dad projects go, it is WAY up there.)
This one was written for a soprano voice, so he asked me to come sing. Since my own love for popular music transcends the boundaries of time & space, of course I said yes.
It was not that easy! I have a pretty high-pitched voice, but the song was right at the top of my range. The phrasing sounded strange to my 21st century ears, so my voice wavered. After 2 takes I realized it would only ever sound as good as Emma Woodhouse at the Coles’ Christmas party, and while that’s not quite historically accurate (“Mona Macree” was written ~50 years later) it was close enough for me to feel okay about it.
Anyhow, you can find the full sheet music here. And in a few months you’ll be able to find the song on **~**~**iTuNeS**~**~**
PS For a 19th-century balladeer whose songs have mostly been forgotten, George Linley has a surprisingly long Wikipedia page.
- Pearl Jam
- Rage Against the Machine
- Bob Dylan
- Frank Sinatra
- Hank Williams
- The Beatles
- The Rolling Stones
- The Everly Brothers
- Sam & Dave
- Simon & Garfunkel
- Creedence Clearwater Revival
- The Who
- The Kinks
- James Brown
- Jay Z
- Public Enemy
- The Notorious B.I.G.
- Tupac Shakur
- Kanye West
- Toby Keith
- Kenny Chesney
- George Jones
- Conway Twitty
- Lefty Frizzell
- David Blue
- Jackson Browne
- Dave Van Ronk
- The New York Dolls
- Elvis Presley
- T-Bone Burnett
- The Gaslight Anthem
- Against Me!
- Jason Isbell
- Drive-By Truckers
- Slim Dunlap
- The Replacements
- Kristina Train
- Dusty Springfield
- Eric Church
- Yo La Tengo
- Bonnie “Prince” Billy
- 8th Day
- Gene Chandler
- Frank Wilson
- Phil Spector
- The Fleshtones
- The Grateful Dead
# of bands/artists on this list who have/are women: 5 (6 if you count the studio musicians playing vibraphone & violin for 8th Day)