New to ACCTV this month and available right now at ACCTV Now is Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, an entertaining drama based on the inspiring true story of Sue Thomas, a woman of great faith who although profoundly deaf from the age of 18 months, overcame significant obstacles to work surveillance for the F.B.I. This suspenseful coming-of-age story stars Deanne Bray, a severely deaf actress who like Sue Thomas, was strongly encouraged by her parents to speak and read lips.
As portrayed in the series, Thomas (Bray) is a somewhat sheltered young college graduate about to start her first real job, which happens to be with the F.B.I. Sue is a little disappointed when she is relegated to the tedious task of analyzing fingerprints, but she’s not there for long. One of her colleagues, Jack Hogan (Yannick Bisson) discovers her unique lip-reading skills 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.
“Each week, we present a fast-paced, inside look into high-profile F.B.I. cases based on actual events,” said Gary R Johnson, series co-creator. “Corporate scandal, diplomatic immunity, abuses of power and terrorist activity are just some other areas we’ll explore. But the show is about more than that. It’s about the courage, perseverance and humour of Sue Thomas. It will not only keep you on the edge of your seat but will also make you laugh and cry.”
“Sue Thomas’s story is one I deeply understand because, like Sue, I’m deaf,” said Bray. “My hope is that this show will not only entertain – I’m sure it will do that- but that it can also be a bridge between different worlds, that it can help everyone understand that we are all more alike than we are different.”
“Audiences will be able to gain a deeper understanding and respect for the individuals who walk the path of silence,” said Sue Thomas, now a motivational speaker and author, who served as a consultant on the show.
Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye airs on Thursday nights at 7:30 pm AEDT or the whole series is available right now at watch.acc.tv/browse and via the ACCTV app.
Acting alongside Deanne Bray, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye features Yannick Bisson, Rick Peters, Mark Gomes, Tara Samuel, Ted Atherton, Enuka Okuma and Jesse as Sue’s golden retriever, Levi.