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    See Hear had an informative and affectionate tribute last night.



    I believe she died in June this year and, given that Tony Hart's obituary was extensively covered by the papers, I can only assume that the fact that she was living in retirement in Italy was why they missed her passing.



    Wikipedia indicates a long and productive career beyond Vision On; [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_keysell]Pat Keysell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame] .



    Vlad

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    RIP Pat.

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    See Hear had an informative and affectionate tribute last night.



    I believe she died in June this year and, given that Tony Hart's obituary was extensively covered by the papers, I can only assume that the fact that she was living in retirement in Italy was why they missed her passing.



    Wikipedia indicates a long and productive career beyond Vision On; Pat Keysell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia .



    Vlad




    Pat to me was as much a part of the Sixties as was Bill Hartnell Harry Worth Valerie Singleton etc; Ad Infinitum.. Rest In Peace Patricia.

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    R.I.P. Pat........always watched Vision on back in the day.

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    R.I.P. Pat. I grew up with Vision On.

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    Rip pat, many happy memories as a kid watching vision on.

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    Pat Keysell obituary

    Campaigner for deaf people best known for her role as a presenter of Vision On



    by Alistair McGown

    guardian.co.uk, Friday 18 December 2009



    Pat Keysell obituary | Society | The Guardian











    Keysell with Tony Hart in a 1969 episode of the innovative series Vision On




    Pat Keysell, who has died aged 83, took her passion for mime and promoted it as a therapeutic and enabling vehicle for disadvantaged people. Her cause's most prominent outlet was the award-winning television programme for deaf and hard of hearing children, Vision On, which she presented in the 1960s and 70s.



    Born in Tooting, south London, Keysell grew up in Petts Wood, Kent, and went to school in Orpington. Her father was an accountant. She studied mime at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London in the 1940s, before leaving England to live abroad. Returning to Britain in 1958, with her marriage having ended and with a young son, she found an administrative post at the BBC.



    Keysell became personal assistant to Ursula Eason, deputy head of children's programmes. One of Eason's innovations was the prosaically titled monthly miscellany For Deaf Children, which she created in 1952, a programme on the public service fringes made with input from the Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID). Keysell suggested that mime was the perfect expressive art form for a predominantly visual programme and so, in 1960, she formed a repertory company of deaf actors, The Mime Group. Keysell was also part of this troupe, and they performed many playlets over four years.



    Despite Keysell's efforts, For Deaf Children remained marginalised and its presentation laborious, with slow sections given over to displaying written captions. The programme was duly revamped as Vision On, taking a new, predominantly speech-free approach. Keysell resigned as a production assistant in the drama department in order to present the new programme as a freelance, for which she would use sign language as well as speech. She mixed her presenting duties with time spent teaching mime in London schools for the RNID.



    First aired on 6 March 1964, Vision On was initially fortnightly, but by 1965 was being shown only monthly, a worthy programme, intended mainly � but not exclusively � for deaf children. It was questionable whether it was making significant strides towards integrating deafness and attendant issues into mainstream arenas.



    The programme was revamped in 1966, now shown weekly, with the graphic artist Tony Hart presenting alongside Keysell. Hart's art, rendered at lightning speed, gave the show great pace, and also added were innovative, animated inserts and characters, comedy films and wacky music.



    While Vision On grew in popularity, Keysell continued other work with, and for, deaf people. In 1968 a Winston Churchill fellowship enabled her to study with the National Theatre of the Deaf in the US, inspiring in her ideas for a similar professional theatre group working in the UK.



    At the end of the 1960s, the producer Patrick Dowling and the director Clive Doig made Vision On a free-for-all of madcap comedy, psychedelic art and innovative video effects, inspired by the zany US comedy series Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. Keysell made a sensible anchor to the madness but always joined in with the anarchic fun.



    The programme's Gallery feature, presenting children's paintings, was inundated with 10,000 submissions a week, and Keysell unwittingly created a classic catchphrase with her weekly reminder to entrants: "We're sorry we can't return any of your pictures, but there is a prize for those that are shown." Significantly, her sign language appeared merely to be another aspect of Vision On's eclectic style, finally succeeding in promoting deaf awareness and integration in the way that For Deaf Children had hoped to achieve.



    In 1972 Vision On won the Prix Jeunesse and then a Bafta for best specialised series. But to the dismay of young viewers, it failed to return after its 1976 series. Fearing that it was running out of ideas, Dowling replaced it with the Tony Hart vehicle Take Hart in 1977. The deafness element � and Keysell herself � were absent from the new programme.



    Keysell decamped to ITV and Yorkshire Television to adapt and produce two series of plays for children based on folk stories from around the world, Under the Same Sun (1978-79). Away from the cameras, she pursued her passion for mime, writing three books on the subject, Motives for Mime (1975), Mime Themes and Motifs (1980) and Mime Over Matter (1990). Despite her considerable knowledge, she still struggled to sum up the discipline, saying in 1993: "It is still very difficult to say what mime is."



    Keysell had helped to establish the National Deaf Children's Society's annual drama festival and been the driving force in setting up the British Theatre of the Deaf in the early 1970s. By 1974, the theatre was a professional touring company, supported by Equity and the Arts Council, with many of its ranks drawn from Keysell's mime group of the 1960s. Keysell left in 1977 to pursue other community projects involving mime and its capacity for enabling disadvantaged people.



    She toured her own Compass Storytelling shows, mixing speech and signing, studied storytelling as a healing art at Emerson college and MindFields college, both in East Sussex, and taught in institutions working variously with deaf, blind and elderly people, and those with other disabilities.



    Keysell ended her career at Compass Community Arts in Eastbourne, promoting arts for disadvantaged people from 1996, before standing down from its day-to-day running in 2006 and finally retiring in May 2009. Then she moved to Italy, where she died. She is survived by her son, Michael.



    Patricia Keysell, broadcaster, actor and campaigner, born 7 June 1926; died 31 October 2009

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    Oh dear very sad. I didn't realise how old she was by the early 70s when "my" era of VO was broadcast, she had the effervescence of someone half her age.

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    What a shame. I have really fond memories of her and Tony. RIP to both.

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    Pat Keysell: Innovative signer who made her name presenting 'Vision On'



    INDEPENDENT

    Monday, 28 December 2009



    Pat Keysell: Innovative signer who made her name presenting 'Vision On' - Obituaries, News - The Independent











    'I'm sorry we can't return your pictures but we give a prize for those that we show': Keysell and Tony Hart in 'Vision On'




    At the height of public-service broadcasting in Britain, Pat Keysell introduced a generation of deaf and hard-of-hearing children to television in Vision On, the first programme successfully to bridge the gap between those groups and hearing viewers. The innovative presenter, who had studied mime at drama school, combined sign language and speech in a show that originally featured magicians, jugglers and mime artists.



    Vision On was screened fortnightly when it began in 1964. In the same year, the new, "minority" channel BBC2 launched News Review, the world's first news programme for deaf people, presented by Robert Dougall, but Vision On was targeted at a mainstream children's audience on BBC1. Deaf children put on plays in the studio, stories were told in mime and there was a quiz for both hearing and deaf viewers.



    However, Vision On was soon reduced to monthly broadcasts amid discussions about such a "worthy" show's place in the schedules. It was saved with a revamp in 1966 that saw the quickfire artist Tony Hart bring a new vitality to the programme, which also introduced quirky animation.



    Children's own artwork was showcased in The Gallery, mounted on a wall, with the camera panning across it, accompanied by a soothing, hypnotic jazz tune. Keysell will long be remembered for telling viewers: "I'm sorry we can't return any of your pictures, but we give a small prize for those that we show."



    Hart and Keysell had both appeared in a previous show, For Deaf Children, but Vision On was firmly aimed at both hearing and non-hearing children. It ended in 1976, after 182 episodes, and Hart went on to present his own programmes while Keysell continued to work with the deaf and other disadvantaged people.



    Born in Tooting, south London, in 1926, the daughter of an accountant, Keysell was brought up in Petts Wood, Kent, and studied mime at the Central School of Speech and Drama.



    After joining the BBC's administration department in 1958, she became personal assistant to the assistant head of children's programmes, Ursula Eason, who was hard of hearing herself and had launched For Deaf Children in 1952. A new producer saw Keysell hanging around the show's set, liked her smile and made her its presenter (1960-64). Her previous performing arts interests also led her to found The Mime Group company of deaf actors, with which she performed in the programme.



    After turning freelance to present Vision On � which won the Prix Jeunesse in 1972 and a Bafta Award as Best Specialised Series two years later � Keysell also taught mime for the Royal National Institute for the Deaf. In 1968, she travelled to the United States to study with the Royal National Theatre of the Deaf and, on her return, founded the British Theatre of the Deaf, which was a pioneer in performing for both deaf and hearing audiences.



    Keysell ended her association with the theatre group in 1977, a year after Vision On was axed, but continued to pursue her interests in mime and the stage. For ITV she adapted and produced Under the Same Sun (1978-80), two series of folk tales from around the world based on a British Theatre of the Deaf show, and she was the author of Motives for Mime (1975), Mime Themes and Motifs (1980) and Mime Over Matter (1990).



    She also worked at the Brewery Arts Centre, in Kendal, and toured her Compass Storytelling show. On moving to Eastbourne in 1996, she established Compass Community Arts, which promotes the arts for disadvantaged people, and its Round Robin Theatre Company, staging mainly non-verbal productions. In 2006, Keysell retired to Italy.



    Anthony Hayward



    Patricia Keysell, television presenter, writer and teacher: born London 7 June 1926; married (divorced; one son); died 31 October 2009.

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    RIP to Pat and Tony, both great presenters and also a part of my childhood, thanks for a very entertaining and interesting part of my life

    mallee

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