BBC factual announces Signs For Change

BBC has announced a new commission at Edinburgh TV Festival – Signs for Change featuring Rose Ayling-Ellis.

British actress and Strictly Come Dancing 2021 winner Rose Ayling-Ellis reveals the daily challenges, discrimination and barriers faced by deaf individuals, in a hard-hitting new 1×60′ documentary, Signs For Change.

Produced by multi-award-winning Rogan Productions (Freddie Mercury: The Final Act, Uprising), the documentary will allow Rose to explore positive movement for societal change and inclusion for deaf individuals. It will question if society is adapting fast enough to allow for equality amongst the deaf and hearing worlds by looking at Rose’s own experiences and encounters with people on the frontline, pushing for change.

In a pivotal moment for the first deaf contestant and winner of Strictly, the documentary announcement follows the news that, as of May 2022, British Sign Language has been officially recognised in law.

With plenty more still to be done in the fight for true inclusion for deaf people, Rose will meet trailblazers in the deaf community, emphasising the societal changes that can make a tremendous impact on people’s lives.

Rose Ayling-Ellis says: “This documentary will be real, emotional and hard-hitting, and it is high time that the realities of deaf people in the UK were shared with a wider audience. My hope is to encourage people to look at our attitude as a society and to reflect on how we can improve the lives of deaf people. It will not paint me as an inspiration, but will instead lift the lid on the gritty stuff that we desperately need to confront.

“I have always admired the incredible, groundbreaking work of Rogan Productions, and I am thrilled to be working with James and the team to document my life, and to share what matters most to me.”

James Rogan, Creative Director at Rogan Productions, says: “From the moment Rose was awarded full marks on Strictly, the earliest in its history, we knew we had to make a documentary with her. Her ability to break boundaries and transform the way we see the world is exceptional. This documentary is the opportunity for her to share a lifetime of experience and a powerful call for change.”

Emma Loach, BBC Commissioning Editor, says, “The impact Rose has had over the last few years is nothing short of remarkable. We are honoured to be working with Rose on this new BBC documentary which, by examining her own life and the experiences of others, will shed important light on the challenges still faced by deaf people in the UK.”

Signs For Change, a 1×60’ for BBC One and BBC iPlayer, is made by Rogan Productions. It is commissioned by Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries. The Commissioning Editor is Emma Loach. The Executive Producers for Rogan Productions are Soleta Rogan and Nancy Bornat and the Creative Director is James Rogan.

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