Disabled comedian, Rosie Jones returned recently for a second series of Mission: Accessible, this time travelling around English cities.
How did the second series come about?
In series one, we set up holidays for four disabled people and it turns out, would you believe, there are more than four disabled people in the country! So, when we found that out, we thought ‘let’s do more’. Let’s sort out more holidays for disabled people!
Why did you want to focus on England this time?
It’s so important to me as a disabled person. I feel like when I’m going on holiday, if you take into consideration disability, your holiday feels quite limited. I just wanted to show that a disability does not limit you. You can still have a rip-roaring holiday if you’re disabled. What we did in series two was focussed on cities in England. I feel like cities can be inaccessible, busy and cobbly. We just wanted to put English cities to the test to check whether they were suitable for a range of accessible needs, which I’m pleased to confirm they are!
What did you get up to when you where there?
We had such fun. Firstly, I went to London with comedian, Big Zuu. We tried to unpack London and really seek out the finer sides of the city. I’ve lived in London for 10 years and I’ve realised that when you live somewhere you never really see it as a tourist. The things we did were amazing. We went to the Science Museum, Kensington Palace Gardens and went on a gastro bus tour where we ate so much good food whilst touring around the city. We also went down the Thames on a speedboat!
We then went to Manchester with Mike Wozniak. He’s one of my favourite comedians. I loved it because my mum and dad are from Manchester. We were organising a holiday for a prospective Paralympian, so we really wanted to do something sporty and exhilarating. We went to an indoor ski centre, which was so great. It messed with my brain as we were filming on one of the hottest days of the year, but two minutes later we were inside in huge coats. I have never been skiing before because I just didn’t think that would be an option for me. But I went on a sit ski. It was an amazing way of adapting the sport to make it accessible.
Finally, we went to Cambridge with Ashley Storrie, who has autism. I’ve never been there before, and it was so rich and full of brilliant people. We had such fun punting on the river, going to the Botanic Gardens and really enjoying the quiet and the open space. One of my favourite parts was when Ashley and I were presented with a tandem bike. I looked at the tandem and thought ‘there is absolutely no way I can do that’… But I did it! It felt like a real achievement!
Every single episode was amazing to film and full of fun. I feel like we summed up how brilliant and how accessible England really is.
In series one as well, we were really surprised at the number of activities you can do. Often, activities aren’t advertised or explicitly say they are disability friendly, so that is why we are doing this show – to show off how fabulous Britain is in terms of accessibility.
Which was your favourite location?
Ooooh… I must say Cambridge because that was the one that I thought I’d like to come back to. It is so full of history and brilliant people.
You have some comedian pals along the way too. What did they bring to the experience?
I never want to go on holiday on my own. They just came along for the ride and all three were so brilliant and so funny. They were just able to put up with my bullshit and come along for a bit of fun.
I’m sure you’ll have got up to some mischief along the way too…
Oh yes, lots of mischief! At the Science Museum, me and Big Zuu found a slide. I hand on heart think that at any age, if you see a slide, you’ll want to go down it. The producers were trying to carry on with filming the rest of the day but we were wanting to have another go on the slide because it is so much fun!
Why do you think it’s important that Channel 4 develops shows like Mission: Accessible?
It’s incredibly important. By doing shows featuring accessibility, we are showing that disabled people are valid and they are worth talking about. Away from disability, I really feel like Channel 4 are great at this – you really need to champion all kinds of diversity. Britain is amazing – because it is full of all these incredibly diverse voices, faces and people. In order to make a rich television schedule, we need to represent all different parts of our country.
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Mission: Accessible was produced for Channel 4 in partnership with VisitEngland.
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