A step change in TV’s depiction of autism?

Few recent TV documentaries have made as much impact as Inside Our Autistic Minds, the two-part BBC Studios film presented by Chris Packham and made in partnership with the Open University. It picked up its third major award – for Presenter of the Year – at the RTS Programme Awards in March. Previously it had won at the Griersons (taking the Science prize) and the Broadcast Awards (Specialist Factual).

Michael Sheen to be grilled by neurodivergent reporters in new BBC special The Assembly

Michael Sheen looks into the camera, smiling, in front of a pale bluish grey background

The British version will see Michael Sheen (Good Omens) quizzed by roughly 35 interviewers who are autistic, neurodivergent or learning disabled.

If the original French show is anything to go by, the questions will be probing, funny and brutal. In The A Talks, no subject is off limits, but the results are often more touching than they are shocking.