I love a good rant and I’ve been chuckling away to this short series from Peter White where he explores some of the things which get up his nose about blindness. The four programmes include The Countryside, Holidays, Being Introduced to Other Blind People and Going Slowly and offer a great insight of what it’s like to be blind.
Episode1 – The Countrtyside
This episode features Janet Street-Porter, who is a keen rambler and quite a talker. She tries to help Peter find the best way for him to experience and enjoy the countryside. They bicker and disagree and it’s hilarious.
Episoide 2 – Holidays
In the second episode Peter is joined by broadcaster and travel expert Simon Calder. They spend the Isle of Wight ferry crossing discussing the best type of holiday for Peter to enjoy independence, flexibility and action. Happiness for Peter is knowing where everything is and this is one of the fundamental reasons he hates holidays.
Episode 3 – Being Introduced to Other Blind People
Peter White is joined by author Sue Townsend who is also blind, to discuss their pet hate of being introduced to other blind people. Peter says that often sighted people will suggest that he meets someone, not because they may have anything in common, but purely because they are both blind. But Peter then meets Irene, June and Kathleen who disagree with his sentiments and point out what they consider to be the benefits of meeting other people who are also visually-impaired.
Episode 4 – Going Slowly
In the final programme of the series, Peter White explores his bete noire of Going Slowly with record-breaking Steve Cunningham (“the fastest blind man on the planet”) about why sighted people try to slow him down.
What are your own pet hates? Share your thoughts comments below.
Born in Winchester in 1947, Peter White has been blind since birth. Since 1995 Peter has been the BBC’s Disability Affairs Correspondent. He was the first totally blind person to produce reports for television news. Over the last decade he has written four series of autobiographical talks for Radio 4, as well as the acclaimed series No Triumph, No Tragedy.