Hands On is the TV programme for deaf and hard of hearing people in Ireland. The programme airs twice-a-month on Sunday on RTÉ One, Ireland's national public service broadcaster. Hands On first aired on RTÉ in 1996 and is currently producing the twelfth series of the programme. Its predecessor, Sign of the Times, aired on RTÉ from 1988 to 1995.
Hands On is produced by a mixed deaf and hearing team and there are nine presenters working on the programme, who present the programme through Irish Sign Language (ISL), the first language of the deaf community in Ireland. The programme is also subtitled with an English voice-over.
Hands On's presenting team is:
Sarah Jane Moloney, Caroline Worthington, Teresa Lynch, Seán Herlihy, Eddie Redmond, Senan Dunne, Caroline McGrotty, Julianne Gillen and Ronan Dunne
Each series consists of 14 new programmes and 6 “Best Of” programmes. The programme generally consists of deaf news, an animation for deaf children titled Molly & Mr Milk, and three magazine stories of differing themes; information pieces, interviews, topical reports, funny/light entertainment pieces, investigative reporting, sports stories or video diaries (items filmed and presented