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Long-running documentary strand that investigates extraordinary and moving real-life stories about the extremes of the human body

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Long-running documentary strand that investigates extraordinary and moving real-life stories about the extremes of the human body

  • The Man with the 10-Stone Testicles

    The extraordinary story of Wesley Warren Jr, whose testicles started growing following an accident in 2008, to the extent that he could no longer live a normal life.

  • Turtle Boy

    The extraordinary story of Didier, a six-year-old boy from Colombia with a giant mole that covered 40% of his body: a story of childhood bravery, cutting-edge medicine and a mother's love

  • World's Tallest Man: Looking for Love

    World's Tallest Man: Looking for Love

    At over eight feet tall, Sultan Kösen from Turkey is the world's tallest man. This documentary follows his journey around the world in search of a cure for his gigantism.

  • The 27 Inch Man: A BodyShock Special

    The 27 Inch Man

    This film in the series about the world's most extreme human bodies explores the extraordinary life of Edward Hernandez, who at the age of 24 is just 27 inches tall

  • Dad's Having a Baby

    Dad's Having a Baby

    A sensitive and intimate portrait of a family in which both the parents are gay men - who were born as Jessica and Laura - and are about to have a third child

  • Turning into a Giant

    I'm Turning into a Giant

    Tanya Angus is 6ft 8ins, weighs almost 32 stone and is still growing. This Bodyshock special meets Tanya, other people affected by acromegaly, and the medical experts trying to help them.

  • Krista and Tatiana

    The Twins Who Share a Brain

    Three-year-old twins Krista and Tatiana are conjoined at the head and can never be separated. Bodyshock presents a rare portrait of a family determined to give the twins a fulfilling life.

  • Shiloh Pepin

    Our Daughter, the Mermaid

    Ten-year-old Shiloh Pepin was born with sirenomelia, which leaves her legs fused together. Bodyshock spends six months with Shiloh and her family as their lives change for ever.

  • Lakshmi Tatma

    Girl with Eight Limbs Grows Up

    Lakshmi Tatma was born with four arms and four legs. This Bodyshock Special revisits her a year after she underwent a life-saving operation to remove her half-formed conjoined twin's limbs.

  • Kenneth Brumley

    Half Ton Dad

    Kenneth Brumley, 40, weighed 73 stone when he prepared for a do-or-die operation. This is the story of a father, his family and his country, America, with 15 million morbidly obese people.

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    Girl Who Cries Blood

    For two years 13-year-old Twinkle has inexplicably cried tears of blood. She meets leading religious and medical figures to determine the cause of her condition.

  • Julia

    Age 8 and Wanting a Sex Change

    First broadcast in 2009, as experts considered a review of UK guidelines for treating transgender children, this film follows children in the US who told their parents they were born in the wrong body

  • Renee Williams lying in bed

    Half Ton Mum

    The story of the world's heaviest woman, Renee Williams, a 64-stone, 29-year-old mother of two who, in a desperate bid to save her life, undergoes major surgery.

  • Lali being held by her father

    The Girl with Two Faces

    In 2008 in rural India, against odds of 50 million to one, a baby, seemingly in perfect health, was born with two faces. This is the amazing story of baby Lali.

  • Huang Chuncai

    I Am the Elephant Man

    China's 'Elephant Man', Huang Chuncai, tells his own moving and extraordinary story as he undergoes life-saving surgery to remove tumours weighing 20kg

  • World's Biggest Boy

    Dzhambulat Khatokhov, aged seven, weighs in at 16 stone - as much as a baby elephant. British doctor Ian Campbell travels to the far south of Russia to uncover a disturbing story.

  • Born with Two Heads

    Manar Maged was born with two heads; her second head shows signs of independent consciousness, but it is a parasite that is killing her. BodyShock follows the struggle to save her life.

  • Three children with Progeria disease

    The 80-Year-Old Children

    In 2003 in a remote Indian village a Swiss doctor made a dramatic discovery: tiny, fragile children, hair thinning, bones dissolving, who looked like they were aged 80

  • Half Ton Man

    An exploration of the world of extreme human obesity through the story of Patrick Deuel, who until recently was the fattest man in the world.

  • Curse of the Mermaid

    With her legs fused together like a tail, Milagros Cerron has one of the world's rarest birth abnormalities: sirenomelia, or 'mermaid syndrome'. Can plastic surgeon Dr Luis Rubio save her?

  • Terry Wallis in bed

    The Man Who Slept for 19 Years

    Terry Wallis is a medical miracle, having awoken from a 20-year coma, but this is no fairytale awakening as Terry believes he is still an able-bodied 19-year-old

  • The Man Who Ate His Lover

    Exploring the extraordinary and disturbing story of Armin Miewes, a 41-year-old man from Germany who advertised on the internet for willing victims he could kill and eat.

  • Female in operating gown

    The Boy Who Gave Birth to his Twin

    The incredible story of seven-year-old Alamjan from Kazakhstan who underwent surgery only for doctors to discover his own twin was growing inside him

  • shark biting mans leg

    Anatomy of a Shark Bite

    The chances of being bitten by a shark are 80 million to one. This incredible documentary features and analyses two such cases illustrating how future attacks could be stopped.

  • Half Ton Son

    Half Ton Son

    The story of 19-year-old Billy Robbins from Houston, Texas. Weighing 60 stone and reportedly the world's heaviest teenager, he now wants to shed much of his weight and turn his life around.

  • Surgeons operating

    Megatumour

    In Romania, Lucica Bunghez is being eaten alive, consumed by an 11-stone tumour growing out of her back. Dr McKay McKinnon travels from Chicago to see if he can save Lucica's life.

  • A smiling Lakshmi Tatma before her operation

    The Girl with Eight Limbs

    A BodyShock Special: Lakshmi, two, was born with one of the world's rarest physical abnormalities - joined at the pelvis to her half-formed conjoined twin, she has four arms and four legs.

  • Jyoti Amge

    Two Foot Tall Teen

    This Bodyshock special meets Jyoti Amge, a normal Indian teenager who enjoys going to school and socialising with her friends, but Jyoti is only one foot 11 inches tall.

Bodyshock synopsis

Long-running documentary strand that investigates extraordinary and moving real-life stories about the extremes of the human body

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