The Interval 40

Welcome to The Interval, our weekly listing of accessible arts and cultural events and content available online. We never expected that we would still need to be doing this 40, but we can’t stop now.

Next two weeks

National Federation of the Blind, 80s/90s party Friday 29 January, 7-10pm, Zoom, free

Dance away your January lockdown blues. Hosted by London Branch members, the evening includes a short quiz, a chance to share memories, put in your song requests for the disco and join in the interactive dance routine! Register here to receive the Zoom joining details.

Laura Marling at The Union ChapelSunday 31 January, 8pm. Livestream

Relive the livestream broadcast of Laura Marling’s 2020 lockdown  performance at The Union Chapel. Beautifully infectious songs from the British mercury music prize nominated British Indie/Folk singer.

Royal Collection Trust, The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Tuesday 2 February, 2pm. Zoom, free

Discover one of the masterpieces from the exhibition at Buckingham Palace in this descriptive online session. Book your place, email [email protected] or phone 07860 612393.

Southbank Centre, Fearne Cotton: Speak Your Truth, Thursday 4 February, 7:30pm and on demand for 7 days afterwards, £7.50

Fearne Cotton talks about her new book Speak Your Truth, a story about connecting with your inner truth and learning to find your voice.

British Museum, Hidden/Revealed, Friday 5 February, four events between 11am and 7pm, Zoom, free, booking required.

Join this day of online artist talks to celebrate disability-led arts. All with live captioning from Stagetext.

11am: What Athena saw when Tiresias looked: Greek myth and contemporary poetry. Poet, performer and theatre maker Ellen Renton examines themes of blindness in Greek mythology with Dr Jane Draycott.

1pm: In the Shadow of the Midnight Sun, Juan delGado talks about his creative documentary about migration and displacement set in the Arctic with curator Dr Peter Loovers.

3pm: Kintsugi Gold, with Chanje Kunda, Change Kunda introduces her short film exploring ‘mad pride’ and Kintsugi art with artist Iku Nishikawa.

6pm: Scored in Silence. Chisato Minamimura discusses her solo show about the perspective of Deaf people who survived the 1945 Japanese atomic bomb atrocity.

Watch/listen anytime

Wellcome Collection, Being Human Now, audio-described video, YouTube, 20 minutes (including audio introduction)

Wellcome Collection asked a cross-section of their collaborators and community: What does it mean to be human now? In this film, contributors respond to the question, generously sharing their personal experiences of life and work during the Covid-19 pandemic. Audio-described for VocalEyes by Kate Taylor-Davies.

V&A Dundee, Back to the 60s: an audio tour of Mary Quant. Soundcloud, 52 minutes.

Listen to artist and describer Juliana Capes describe the sights, sounds and memories the exhibition evokes as she visits with her friend Anne Dignan.

English Touring Theatre, Milky Drinks by Tim Crouch, Episode 1 in F**ked Up Bedtime Stories (for adults), Soundcloud, 12 minutes.

A story about the true meaning of dedication. A sharp satire bursting with dark humour cutting insight – Tim Crouch’s Milky Drinks is an unsettling story for unsettling times.

English Touring Theatre, Behind the Curtains, Episode 1, Soundcloud 42mins.

This podcast spotlights the off-stage, behind the curtains roles that are the backbone of theatre. How are writers, directors, sound designers, producers, production managers, movement directors and voice and dialect coaches weathering the storms of uncertainty?

BBC Sounds, Things That Made the Modern Economy – Wedgwood, 14 minutes

Discover how Josiah Wedgwood’s eighteenth-century pottery was a precursor to the trickle-down theory of fashion which still shapes the economy today.

BBC iPlayer, Forces of Nature with Brian Cox, with Audio Description.

A 4-part series in which Professor Brian Cox reveals how Earth’s beauty is created by just a handful of forces. Available for 4 months.

Manchester Home, Homemakers Commission, I am falling in love with you and it’s making me do stupid things, By Bryony Kimmings and Will Duke. Audio-described online performance, 15 minutes

Follow Bryony, single in lockdown, through one long, lonely night after she finds the email address of a potential lover in a pile of belongings she has been sorting and decides to make an approach.

For children

Peter Pan, Audio Play in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital, £3

Journey to Neverland in this audio ultimate bedtime story. Listen to the all-star cast including Kenneth Brannagh, Oliva Coleman and Jane Horrocks alongside children from Great Ormond Street’s Young People’s Forum.

BBC iPlayer, Pablo, series 2: 1, The New Sofa. audio-described episode, 11 minutes

Join 5-year-old Pablo who is on the autistic spectrum. He creates imaginary friends who come to life, and together they go on fun adventures and cope with tricky day-to-day situations.


BBC Sounds, Classical Focus

Two hours of escapist music curated by the Emmy award-winning composer Dustin O’Halloran.

Guided Meditation – Find Peace in Uncertain Times, YouTube, 15 minutes

Welcoming peace, balance, and joy into your life especially during uncertain times. Through the simple act of reconnecting with your inner self, this easy guided meditation is perfect for anyone that is needing some positivity and calm.

AD on the TV

Where we pick out some audio-described TV for the coming week.

Thursday 21 January

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. Channel 4, 8pm.

8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown. Channel 4, 9pm.

The Chasers road trip: Trains Brains & Automobiles. ITV, 9pm.

Friday 22 January

Endeavour. ITV, 8.30pm.

It’s a Sin. Channel 4, 10pm.

Saturday 23 January

Around the world in 80 Gardens. BBC2, 10.30am.

Escape to Barbados. Channel 4, 3.40pm.

Escape to the Chateau make do and mend. Channel 4, 4.40pm.

Film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Channel 4, 7.10pm.

Sunday 24 January

Rick Steins Cornwall. BBC2, 11.30am.

Film The House with a Clock in its walls. ITV, 2pm.

Incredible Journeys with Simon Reeve. BBC2, 8pm.

A Perfect Planet. BBC1 8pm.

Monday 25 January

Long lost Family. ITV, 9pm.

Cornwall The Fishing Life. BBC2, 9pm.

Tuesday 26 January

Inside the Human Body. BBC2, 2pm.

Back in Time for the Corner Shop. BBC2, 7pm.

Secret Safari into the Wild. Channel 4, 8pm.

Celebrity Best Home Cook. BBC1, 9pm.

Marcella. ITV, 9pm.

Wednesday 27th January

The Repair Shop. BBC1, 8pm.

Cornwall & Devon Walks with Julia Bradbury, ITV 8pm.

Grand Designs. Channel 4, 9pm

Photo: grid showing various contributors to Wellcome Collection’s Being Human Now video