And now for a heartwarming interlude in which Rob Delaney tells a story for children using Makaton

Rob Delaney

It’s possible you know the American actor Rob Delaney. You might, for instance, know him as the co-writer and co-star with Sharon Horgan of Channel 4’s Catastrophe.

If you were paying attention during Deadpool 2, you might have spotted that he was Peter, the normal guy in X Force, who shows up at the end of this rather violent trailer:

What you may not know is that sadly, he and his wife lost their third child, Henry, in January this year. Henry had had a brain tumour and resulting complex needs, which meant that it was difficult for him to communicate. Both Delaney and his wife learnt a form of basic sign language called Makaton so that they could communicate with Henry.

And last week, Delaney became the first person ever to tell a CBeebies Bedtime Story with Makaton signing.

And if that doesn’t choke you up, here’s one child and his mother’s reactions to it.


  • Rob Buckley

    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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