Exciting new Deaf children’s TV series: Are YOU Up For It?

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Are you young, Deaf, talented? Are you Up For It? Join the crew!

Up For It? is the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust’s new children’s series aimed at primary aged children, although people of all ages will want to see the showcase of child Deaf talent in the first series of 10×14 minute programmes.

The series was made for the BSLBT by Flashing Lights Media. It features three young new Deaf BSL using presenters; Nadeem Islam, Mia Ward and Rosie Benn and their dog, Twiks.

In each episode, we meet a mystery hot seat guest – a talented deaf child aged 6-15 – and the presenters have to guess what their special skill or hobby is. When all is revealed, the young guest chooses one of the presenters to go with them to learn about their hobby and do a challenge related to it… often pushing the presenters to their limits!

The BSLBT is keeping the skills and talents of the young hot seat guests very secret so that viewers can have fun guessing each week.

Kerena Marchant, BSLBT’s Head of Content, said: “It has always been my strong view, as a maker of children’s programmes and a commissioner, that children themselves should be at the heart of children’s programmes. Children want to see

themselves or their peers on the screen! Up For It? certainly delivers that – it is a showcase for Deaf children and young Deaf talent.”This groundbreaking series is so strong that it has already been nominated for Deaffest 2017 awards, including Best Programme.

Up For It? was commissioned by BSLBT and produced by Flashing Lights Media: TRANSMISSION SCHEDULE: http://www.bslzone.co.uk/about/tv-programme-schedule

Up For It? will be broadcast for 5 weeks, with 2×14 minute programmes broadcast back to back each week. Starting on Thursday 2nd March at 7.30pm on the

Community Channel, weekly transmission times are as follows

– Thursdays at 7.30pm on the Community Channel (Freeview HD 63, Sky 539,Virgin 269, Freesat 651)
– Saturdays at 7.30am on the Community Channel (Sky 539, Virgin 269, Freesat 651)
– Mondays at 8am on Film4 (Freeview 15, Sky 315, Virgin 428, Freesat 300)
– Tuesdays at 2pm on the Community Channel (Freeview HD 63, Sky 539, Virgin 269, Freesat 651)

Each pair of programmes will also be available to watch at any time on the BSL Zone website, http://www.bslzone.co.uk/watch/, straight after their initial broadcast. Viewers will also find plenty of extra activities, sneak peeks ‘behind the scenes’ and resources at http://www.bslzone.co.uk/watch/.

You can find a promotional video (in BSL with English subtitles) here: http://www.bslzone.co.uk/latest/are-you-ready-for-up-for-it/

For more information about Up For It?, contact:
Kerena Marchant, BSLBT’s Head of Content, at kerena.marchant@bslbt.co.uk (production related enquiries)
Jen Dodds, BSLBT’s Digital Editor, at webeditor@bslbt.co.uk (general enquiries)

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