Phillip Schofield had to apologize to disabled guest today after This Morning sent an unsuitable car to take her to the studio
Barbara Lisicki changed history in the 1990s as an activist protesting for equal rights for people with disabilities.
But she was late for an interview on This Morning about her upcoming drama Then Barbara met Alan after a car was sent with no disabled access.
Phil said that despite clear instructions from the ITV show, the car company had not listened.
He said: “This is not how I would like to start the show, but I am going to start with an apology.
“As I prepared for this interview, I wanted to ask how much progress we are making, are we getting better…
“Then I find out which car company we’re using for this show – and we specifically asked them for a car that gives you access – but we had to change the order of the show today because they didn’t send a car that you could get in.
“So we still have a long way to go.”
Barbara replied, “It’s one of life’s everyday ironies.
“It’s a frustration that all people with disabilities experience.
“There’s always a barrier to just being able to continue following your plans or living your life.”
Commissioned to mark the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act, the historic BBC drama follows activist couple Barbara and Alan who led the fight to secure life-changing civil rights for disabled people in the UK.
Phillip presented alongside Josie Gibson, who came in to replace Holly Willoughby.
Holly still tests positive for coronavirus – despite feeling “absolutely fine”.