Can’t Read

THE LIVING CHANNEL – Saturdays from 18 October, 8.30pm

Imagine not being able to read – not being able to recognise basic letter shapes or know what sounds they make. Over 5 million people in Britain today can’t read or write well enough to cope with modern life. In this shocking and moving new series, nine illiterate adults enrol for a six-month reading course with inspirational and controversial teacher Phil Beadle, which they hope will change their lives. From dealing with bills and letters, helping kids with their homework, shopping, and finding work, their lack of skills blights nearly every aspect of their lives – including their self esteem. They keep the fact they can’t read a secret, sometimes even from their own kids. Be inspired by their stories and accomplishments as they struggle to make sense of the words around them.