Write a review on tonight’s TV drama about learning disabilities

If you’re going to watch TV tonight (Tuesday 7th) look out for the hard hitting Channel 4 drama Richard is my boyfriend (though it might be one for the video as it’s on at 11.05pm). 

The drama tackles the taboo subject of sex and relationships between a young woman with learning disabilities and her Down’s Syndrome boyfriend.

Dame Jo Williams, chief executive of Mencap, said: “We would like to congratulate the producers of the programme – the film deals with an ethical dilemma in a thought provoking and well balanced way. People with a learning disability have the same rights as everyone else and these rights must be upheld.”

If you watch it, email the website editor Clare Jerrom at clare.jerrom@rbi.co.uk with a short review and we will print them on our website with a discussion of the issues.

Community Care has been running its A Life Like Any Other campaign promoting opportunities for people with learning disabilities.


On Wednesday (8th August), there is another important documentary being screened. Malcolm and Barbara: Love’s Farewell will be shown at 9pm on ITV. The documentary shows Malcolm’s health deteriorate after he is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The controversial programme has caused quite a stir in the press. If you want to send in your reviews and comments, email clare.jerrom@rbi.co.uk .


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