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Hallmark's new show features deaf protagonist

MUMBAI: Hallmark is all set to unveil a show featuring a deaf protagonist. Based on a true story, Sue Thomas: F.B. Eye starts from 22 September and will air every Monday at 8:30 pm.

The suspenseful drama deals with Sue Thomas, who although completely deaf from the age of 18 months, overcame significant obstacles to work surveillance for the FBI. The actress Deanne Bray is also severely deaf and like Sue Thomas, was strongly encouraged by her parents to speak and read lips. The show is an inspiration for people who cannot or have major problems hearing. In the US there are over 28 million deaf and hard of hearing individuals (10 per cent of the population).



Thomas is a somewhat sheltered young deaf woman who has recently graduated from college and is about to start her first real job - which happens to be with the FBI. Disappointed when she is relegated to the tedious task of analysing fingerprints, Sue doesn't remain there for long.

A new acquaintance, FBI agent Jack Hudson, (Yannick Bisson) discovers her unique lip reading ability and enlists her to join the bureau's elite surveillance team. Suddenly Sue and her hearing dog, Levi, are "G-men," caught up in a good deal more action than they ever bargained for. But what they lack in experience, they make up for in spirit and enthusiasm.

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