Close Up 1: Doug Alker
Doug Alker is interviewed by Tessa Padden about his life and career.
Chat show (2015). Close Up is the BSL Zone's four-part series of in-depth interviews with well-known Deaf people. In this episode, Tessa Padden interviews Doug Alker, who tells her where he got his leadership qualities from, what happened in his time at RNID and the BDA, and his strengths and weaknesses. Produced by Bob Duncan and Dawn Marshall at Becoming Visible.
Nominated for Presenter of the Year (Tessa Padden) at the Royal Television Society North East and Border Centre Awards (2016)
Watch other episodes of Close Up and other chat shows here.
Close Up 1: Doug Alker
Close Up 1: Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq
Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq discusses her work in the arts and supporting Deaf women from ethnic minorities.
Close Up 1: Lilian Lawson
Watch Lilian Lawson's moving interview about her life and career.
Close Up 1: John Smith
Deaf comedian John Smith talks about life on and off stage.
Close Up 2: Gerry Hughes (Part 1)
Tessa Padden meets the first Deaf person to sail solo round the world.
Close Up 2: Gerry Hughes (Part 2)
Gerry Hughes talks to Tessa Padden about his epic voyage.
Close Up 2: Peter McDonough
Former priest Peter McDonough talks to Tessa Padden.
Close Up 2: Nadia Nadarajah
Tessa Padden asks actor Nadia Nadarajah about her life.
Close Up 2: June Smith
Teacher June Smith chats to Tessa Padden about life over the years. [Note: this programme mentions rape.]
Close Up 3: Kevin Buckle
Interview with Kevin Buckle, a leading activist and historian in Britain’s Black Deaf community.
Close Up 3: Ilyaas Cader
Interview with Ilyaas Cader, a Deaf refugee from civil war in Sri Lanka, who has made his home in Britain.
Close Up 3: Frances Elton
Interview with Frances Elton about her unique career as a teacher of BSL linguistics.
Close Up 3: Paddy Ladd (Part 1)
Tessa Padden interviews Dr Paddy Ladd about his traumatic childhood.
Close Up 3: Paddy Ladd (Part 2)
Tessa Padden interviews Dr Paddy Ladd about his experiences, which led him to be one of the Deaf community's leading activists.
Close Up 3: Paddy Ladd (Part 3)
Tessa Padden interviews Dr Paddy Ladd about how he came to create the word ‘Deafhood’ in 1993.
Close Up 3: Terry Riley (Part 1)
First of two programmes about Terry Riley, retiring Chair of the British Deaf Association and Deaf TV pioneer.
Close Up 3: Terry Riley (Part 2)
Second of two programmes about Terry Riley, retiring Chair of the British Deaf Association and Deaf TV pioneer.