Tagged: England

Strange

Strange/BBC/2002-2003 (Down’s Syndrome)

Kevin (Timmy Lang) works at a Cathedral in England as Cannon Black’s gardener, a job that enables him to spy on the Canon and find out vital information.

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Kevin can sense the presence of demons and assists a defrocked priest John Strange (Richard Coyle) in fighting demonic agents in the region.

 

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey/ITV/PBS/2010-2015  (Injured Leg)

John Bates (Brendan Coyle), disabled valet who works in Yorkshire, England at Downton Abbey, a country estate run by matriarch Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith), her son Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville), the 7th Early of Grantham, and his American wife, Cora (Elizabeth McGovern). John replaced Mr. Watson, the abbey’s former valet shortly after the sinking of the RMS Titanic.

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John injured his right leg while fighting in the Boer war (with Robert Crowley) and consequently he uses a cane when he walks. At one point, Bates wore a metal leg brace called a “Limp Corrector,” but it caused him too much pain and he discarded it in a pond.

When Robert Crowley hired John as the new valet, he knew Bates was a good and moral man from his wartime days and thought he would be capable of the duties required of the position at Downton Abby, despite his disability.

At first, the existing staff, namely Thomas Barrow (Rob James-Collier) and lady’s maid Sarah O’Brien (Siobhan Finneran) try to get rid of Bates. Barrow, the footman at the estate who had hoped to be promoted to valet, resented Bates and consequently referred to him as “Long John Silver.”

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The first attempt at ridding Downton Abbey of Bates occurred when Sarah O’Brien knocks John’s cane away when he is standing in a receiving line to greet the Duke of Crowborough. Of course, John falls flat on his face.

Later, Barrow and O’Brien steal various items from the house and frame Bates for the theft. John was even accused of killing his estranged wife, Vera Bates. But in all cases, he was exonerated of the charges.

Eventually, Bates earned the respect of much of the staff such as lady’s maid Anna Smith (Joanne Froggatt), who later marries John Bates, and butler Mr. Carson (Jim Carter).

John Bates served at Downton Abbey between 1912 and 1925.

Note: The grounds of Highclere Castle in Britain were used for the both the interior and exterior of the fictional Downton Abbey.

Bad Education

Bad Education/BBC/2012-2014 (Wheelchair)

Leslie “Rem Dogg” Remmington (Jack Binstead), an obnoxious, mean-spirited disabled young adult in a wheelchair. He attends Abbey Grove School in Hertfordshire, England. He constantly wears a pair of headphones and baseball cap. obnoxious, His father has a glass eye.

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Dogg’s teacher is Alfie Wickers (Jack Whitehall)  – “the worst teacher ever to grace the British education system.”  He is the school’s newly graduated secondary school history teacher whom Rem Dogg constantly harasses (he likes to run over Wickers’ shoes with his wheelchair).

Rem Dogg’s friends at school are teacher’s pet Joe Poulter (Ethan Lawrence); tough guy Mitchell Harper (Charlie Wernham), Dogg’s best mate; inappropriately flirtatious Chantelle (Nikki Runeckles); effeminate Stephen Carmichael (Layton Williams), the studious Jing Hua (Kae Alexander); and outwardly fiery Cleopatra Ofoedo (Weruche Opia). And, we can’t leave out the school bully, Frank Grayson (Jack Bence).

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Mr. Wickers’ Abby Grove School report card comments on student Leslie “Rem Dogg” Remmington

Later, Rem Dogg became an emo (short for “emotional”) and rarely spoke, going some episodes without saying a word.


Note:  A spin-off movie entitled The Bad Education Movie was released to theaters on  August 21, 2015 in the UK. It followed teacher Alfie Wickers as he toured the Cornwall region of England with his students.

Actor Jack Binstead (aka “Remm Dogg”) has been a wheelchair user since the age of 3 because he suffers from the Osteogenesis Imperfecta, more commonly known as Brittle Bone Disease. Binstead has won numerous awards and nominations as a paralympian. Standing, Jack is 4′ 10″ tall.

Prior to appearing in BAD EDUCATION, Binstead made appearances on THE PAUL O’GRADY SHOW.

See also: External Link  – Being Disabled. My Story So Far – Jack Binstead @ You Tube

Saber of London

SABER OF LONDON/NBC/1957-60 (Injured Arm)

Mark Saber (Donald Gray, a.k.a. “Eldred Tidbury”), a one-armed former chief Inspector of Scotland Yard turned private detective.

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The original Mark Saber (Tom Conway), a dapper police detective with a British accent, worked for a large American city homicide squad on MARK SABER/ABC/1951-54.

When the character was resurrected, on a series variously called THE VISE, SABER OF LONDON and DETECTIVE’S DIARY run on ABC & NBC from 1955-60, our English copper was suddenly transformed into a one-armed private detective based in London who chased crooks throughout the streets of Europe.

Donald Gray (who died in 1978) lost his left arm during the invasion of Normandy. He was proficient in Judo and reportedly once caused a riot in a BBC studio when he blew a kiss to his female fans.

The Racing Game

THE RACING GAME/YTV/1979-1980 (Injured Hand)

Sid Halley (Mike Gwilym), a champion steeplechase jockey destroys his left hand in an accident and discovers a new career as a detective.

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Urged by his aristocratic father to get his life back on track, Sid struggles to succeed in his new endeavor as a private eye. With help from friend and martial-arts expert, Chico Barnes (Mick Ford), Sid infiltrates the cutthroat world of British horseracing and brings down those who would corrupt it.

The series is based on the novel Odds Against and other stories written by former jockey and bestselling author Dick Francis.  These six mysteries aired on Britain’s ITV in 1979-80, and came to the U.S. via PBS’s Mystery! series in 1980.

The Avengers

THE AVENGERS/ABC/1966-69 (Crippled)

Mother (Patrick Newell), the crippled supervisor of special British secret service agents John Steed and Ms. Emma Peel.Mother first appeared as a cameo character on the January 1969 episode “The Forget-Me-Knot.”

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Crippled in his early days of service to the crown, Mother was unable to walk without the aid of special strap and ladder suspended from the ceiling.

In constant pain, the rotund man was not the kindest person to work with. Frequently seen in a wheelchair, he chided “Mother knows best.”