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This Week - 16 November 2008

Josephine
Josephine
All the presenters
All the presenters
Pat Mathews
Pat Mathews
Kevin Stanley and Josephine
Kevin Stanley and Josephine
Teresa
Teresa
SJ and Josephine
SJ and Josephine

20th anniversary of Irish Deaf TV

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This Sunday's feature programme will promise you some great memories and laughter as we come to celebrate 20 years of Irish Deaf TV!!

Sign of the Times and Hands On presenters are united for this week's feature programme reeling back the years to show you of some of the most unforgettable programmes and uncut footage!

Back in 1988 RTÉ broadcast the first Irish Deaf TV series, Sign of the Times, which tackled issues faced by the Irish Deaf community and increased awareness of the Deaf among the hearing community creating a greater sense of identity among Deaf People. It featured the first ever Irish Deaf TV Presenters Josephine O'Leary and Pat Matthews.

This programmes sees presenters from Hands On and Sign of the Times faced with embarrassing moments from their time of presenting, with some fashion disasters thrown in for good measure!!

We also trace the history of how Sign of the Times came about, how Josephine got the job and how the Deaf community reacted to the first episode of Sign of the Times all the way back in 1988! Alvean Jones and Teresa Lynch tell us how Deaf TV has evolved over the past 20 years and Julianne talks about causing scandal as a Hands On presenter!

We also hear from John Bosco Conama and Kevin Stanley, both former presenters, about how the Deaf community has been changing along with the TV programme!

Finally, we give you the chance to see what happens behind the scenes with some hilarious moments of presenters getting it all wrong!

Be sure to tune in for this remarkable celebration of 20 years of Deaf TV !

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