Drama & soaps

The Makaton Language Programme is being used increasingly more within mainstream TV.

EastEnders on BBC 1

Our most recent collaboration has been with the popular BBC soap EastEnders, a storyline demonstrating how the use of Makaton, can support someone with sudden hearing loss, to communicate with their immediate world, during a frightening and challenging time.

Emmerdale on ITV 1

Zanna with actors from EmmerdaleThe TV soap Emmerdale introduced a new character. Marlon and Rhonda were advised their son will be born with Down syndrome and the couple decide to go ahead with the birth and support their baby. Their son ‘Leo’, uses Makaton to communicate on and off screen. Storylines show how life isn’t much different for him and his Mum to anyone else in the village, it depicts different characters learning and having a go at Makaton to communicate and include Leo, as he grows up.