For saying we live in the 21st century, there are times when you feel TV is struggling to play catch-up. Take for example the excitement over Claudia Winkleman being made permanent co-host of Strictly Come Dancing. Finally, two women were allowed to co-anchor a primetime Saturday night family entertainment show. How it took us to 2014 to achieve that landmark should be the real story. It’s not like the concept of Saturday night as a captive audience or that women being good at presenters is a new thing. As good as something like this happening is, you can’t help but wonder why this wasn’t being done a decade or two ago.

Likewise, considering that being disabled hasn’t been invented in the last few years, it seems surprising that it took until 2012 for a light entertainment format to be fronted by, and to frequently discuss, people with disabilities. Yet in The Last Leg, we finally do. For the uninitiated, The Last Leg is a satirical look at the week’s events, with an added chat element thrown in, fronted by Adam Hills (a successful stand-up comic who has a prosthetic leg) and co-hosted by Alex Brooker (another comedian and also disabled) and Josh Widdicombe (not disabled, although he is from Devon, so has his own issues to deal with).

For a show that is at its heart quite light-hearted, it doesn’t shy away from big issues. The most recent episode debated tax avoidance, whilst on the flip side it also looked at Fifty Shades of Grey and Australia entering Eurovision. It is informed, edgy and sharp, but isn’t worthy. It’s like Mock the Week without the cruelty. The central theme of the show, whether they are discussing Russia, ISIS or trigger-happy Americans, is ‘don’t be a dick’.

One of the most interesting recurring themes of the show though is disability. I like the honesty of it. When discussing whether or not they would take a pill to cure their disabilities, Hills gave a resounding yes, pointing out that he had learnt all he could about life from being disabled. In a previous series, he had said that the biggest issue with being disabled was that it was, quite frankly, a pain the arse. I find this honesty far more inspirational than the ‘human interest’ stories you read in the tabloids, where someone discusses their triumph over tragedy.

It is a sign of progress that a show like this is being made for a mass-audience, not a niche one that some may presume. However, it would be even better to see more of this kind of programming, not just involving disability, but covering all sections of society. Too often diversity is tucked away into niche programming, or at the other extreme so heavily promoted you choke on the worthiness. The Last Leg shows how you can avoid this.

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