New TV show for Educating Yorkshire star Mushy P

Special show for stammering student

Mushy Musharaf Asghar (right) with Thornhill teacher Matthew Burton

He became an overnight TV star last year.

Now an 18-year-old college student from Kirklees will be in the national spotlight again.

Musharaf Asqhar, better known as Mushy P, will star tomorrow evening in Stammer School: Musharaf Finds His Voice, alongside a group of youths who suffer from speech impediments.

Musharaf, from last year’s hit fly-on-the-wall documentary Educating Yorkshire - stole the show in the series’ moving finale as he overcame his stammer .

His bravery had the nation in tears as he spoke at the school assembly. Using a technique seen in the film ‘The King’s Speech’. Mushy delivered his own speech to his classmates and teachers at Thornhill Community Academy in Dewsbury, which helped him gain the C he needed in GCSE English.

 

Now the new show will follow the young people as they go on a course to help them overcome their stammers.

Mushy said: “I hope it will have a positive impact on other people with stammers to speak more and not give up on their dreams.

“Over the last year my confidence has grown and I’m not afraid to speak any more.

“I’m going into my second year at college, which is going well. I just want people to be more aware of stammering, and I think Educating Yorkshire helped with this.”

If the hour-long programme, airing at 9pm on Channel 4 tomorrow, is well received, there could be a series.

A Channel 4 spokesman said: “Many of us take speaking for granted. But what if the words in your head just won’t come out? For over half a million people in Britain, a stutter affects their lives. The result was Stammer School: Musharaf Finds His Voice, in which Mushy and four other young stammerers attend one of its four-day, privately funded, residential courses.

“From the first meeting, when the group was filmed stuttering through answers to basic questions, it was obvious that Mushy was very far from cured”.

During the course, participants learn methods devised 20 years ago by US-born Dave McGuire. Because its techniques aren’t yet supported by official research, the programme isn’t endorsed by speech therapists, although many still recommend it.

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