I'm autistic and making a TV documentary about us!

Hey all,

I hope you're well. I've just joined the community but was diagnosed in 2017. I'm based in Manchester.

For years, I've wanted to present TV documentaries but since the Black Lives Matter movement hit the headlines in May 2020, I've been inspired to go further for my community and take action. I'm currently developing a programme for an established broadcaster on autism and people's obsessions. I'd love to hear from people who have quirky obsessions and a story to tell. Read more at https://www.nickransom.co.uk/neurodiversity.

Outside of telly and autism, I'm a massive football fan. I support Middlesbrough as my dad is from there but am equally (if not more) fascinated by the Premier League and the circus that surrounds it. There's nothing better than some football and cold chocolate that's been in the fridge I say!

Oh - and my interview with the National Autistic Society is here should you want to read it - https://www.autism.org.uk/about/stories/nick-ransom.aspx

Always keen to chat to people so do get in touch!

Best wishes, Nick

Parents
  • Hi all. Thanks for your feedback. As somebody who is on the spectrum and works in TV, I can totally relate to and appreciate your comments. This wasn't a contact digging exercise, it was aimed at finding people who feel comfortable in sharing their story. The programme is intended to be exactly what the autistic community needs, a positive representation. Naturally any programme commissioned would be subject to all safeguarding and duty of care responsibilities. If you think of anybody who might fit, please get in touch. Thanks, Nick.

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  • Hi all. Thanks for your feedback. As somebody who is on the spectrum and works in TV, I can totally relate to and appreciate your comments. This wasn't a contact digging exercise, it was aimed at finding people who feel comfortable in sharing their story. The programme is intended to be exactly what the autistic community needs, a positive representation. Naturally any programme commissioned would be subject to all safeguarding and duty of care responsibilities. If you think of anybody who might fit, please get in touch. Thanks, Nick.

Children
  • How about Guy Martin or Chris Packham?

  • Hi Nick - nothing against you personally, but as you're going to be doing this as a commercial proposition - you will get to make the money - so what's in it for the participants?      Why should they want to open themselves up for possible criticism or ridicule for your profit?

    Having seen the way TV treats groups such as ours, I'm not confident that you would be able to sell something that wasn't edgy / exploitative in some way - and that's just a comment of the widespread gutter tv we seem to be infested with right now.

  • yes my nephew and his collection of Remote Control airplanes --- completely obsessed - will i ask him ?