Can’t Read Can’t Write – Channel 4

Can't Read Can't Write is a fascinating and very moving TV series about a group of UK adults ranging from 100% illiterate to a little more literate than that. I simply can't imagine operating in our text-bound world where I cannot read anything at all, as in the experience of one of the participants who is roughly the same age as me and who left a shop in tears because she could not find the word 'ham' on any of the products. Of course, this was slightly exaggerated because presumably she has been buying ham for 50 years just from looking at the contents of the pack, but it was still very provocative to imagine her plight. Last night was the first of the series, and you can watch again here.
Disclosure: My daughter Erin Thomas Wong was Production Manager for this series.

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