Adam Pearson Nominated For A Grierson Award

Actor and presenter Adam Pearson features in the final nominations for the Grierson Trust’s 2016 British Documentary Awards for betty shows The Ugly Face of Disability Hate Crime and Adam Pearson: Freak Show.

Adam is shortlisted in the UK Best Documentary Presenter category for his BBC Three programmes alongside David Olusoga, Louis Theroux and Paul Mayhew-Archer.

Adam has a facial disfigurement as a result of neurofibromatosis - a genetic condition that causes non-cancerous tumours to grow along his nerve endings - and as a result he has experienced hate crime first hand. In The Ugly Face of Disability Hate Crime he’s on a mission to explore the issue and find out why it goes under reported. He challenges people into questioning their attitudes towards disability and disfigurement. 

In Adam Pearson: Freak Show he explores freak shows and meets people who use their medical conditions to entertain and make money. Adam has been called ‘freak’ and ‘Elephant Man’ because of his similarity to Joseph Merrick. It’s a name he despises but he was inspired to make the documentary after being approached to work with a famous American freak show.

Both shows received critical acclaim and led to one TV reviewer writing that he wanted to see Adam on TV every night. The Observer’s review of TV in 2015 featured The Ugly Face of Disability Hate Crime in its top 10 shows.

‘Good television changes your mind. Great television changes how you think. The Ugly Face of Disability Hate Crime was great television. It rewired my head as I was watching it…having watched his programme I want to see Pearson on television every night.’ Andrew Billen, The Times.

‘He was making a difference: not just in that he had changed since the beginning of the programme but, it must be fervently hoped, in getting through to one brave politician willing to effect a change in the law. He made a difference to me,’ Euan Ferguson, The Guardian.

The winners will be announced on November 7, 2016.