“Then Barbara Met Alan” is a one-off television drama that is to be shown on Monday 21st March at 9pm on BBC 2.
The programme will tell the true life story of Barbara Lisicki (the UK’s first Disabled female comic) and Alan Holdsworth (also known as musician Johnny Crescendo), two rebellious, punk-inspired performers on the 1980s cabaret scene who met, fell in love and changed the course of civil rights history.
The couple were the force behind the Disabled people’s Direct Action Network (DAN), which successfully got the Conservative government to pass the Disability Discrimination Act in 1995, the abolition of the ITV Telethon, and greater accessibility on public transport.
Written by Jack Thorne (Help, National Treasure) and actress and writer Genevieve Barr, the drama stars Ruth Madeley and newcomer Arthur Hughes as Barbara and Alan, whose brave and well-orchestrated protests pushed Disabled rights into the spotlight. The show will also feature Alan and Barbara themselves,
You can find out more and watch the programme, live or catch up on-demand, on the BBC 2 website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0015p4q.
You can also read an article on the show from The Guardian here: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2022/mar/11/then-barbara-met-alan-lets-storm-parliament-the-punks-who-risked-their-lives-to-fix-ableist-britain.