— felicity... she stammers ..baker. um, i work for the bbc at the moment. ok, so, what brought you here, then? - around 1.5 million adults stammer in the uk, and i'm one of them. i've been struggling a bit on the telephone. you also have to use your tannoy, occasionally. being a woman who stammers is unusual. men are up to four times more likely to be affected. until now, i've never wanted to talk about it to anyone. i'm fine! but sophie's genuine interest when she asked me about it recently... it's a complete role reversal. this is great. ..persuaded me to open up. i'm going to interview you. how are you feeling about doing this? i'm feeling very nervous. it's very weird, actually, being in the — normally, i'm standing behind the camera, and i'm out of it. i worked with you last year for pretty much a full year doing documentaries. we travelled, we filmed, we spoke on the phone, a lot. i never knew. i know. i'm very good at hiding it and i've been hiding it, honestly, for as long as i can remember, for as long as i can speak, i think. i learnt very quick
now on bbc news, producer felicity baker, who has a stammer, reveals what it is like to live with the condition. 0k. i've worked for bbc news for ten years as a producer, always behind the scenes, finding guests, setting up stories. i wondered if you had someone that might be available for an interview? but recently, during a chance conversation with the presenter sophie raworth, i revealed my secret. i have a stammer. hello. i'm calling from the bbc. i've spent my whole life trying to hide it. now, i'm discovering that i'm not alone, and i'm not the only one who struggles to say my name. and i know you can say your name. will you say it? ican. ijust have to breathe. crowd jeers there's the rugby player who says his violence on the pitch was driven by his stammer.
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