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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

    Logan and Greg could be two kids in any average American family. Except they have two dads and one of them is pregnant. Now, they are starting a new life in new town, in the US Bible Belt. How will their neighbours react to this extraordinary family?

  • Turning into a Giant

    I'm Turning into a Giant

    Thirty-one-year-old Tanya Angus from Nevada in the USA, who was once a pretty and popular young woman, now stands at 6ft 8ins and weighs almost 32 stone. Tanya is already one of the tallest and heaviest women on the planet.

    Alarmingly, she is still growing, and lives in agonising pain. Now doctors say she is the only woman in the world whose growth cannot be halted by medication.

    This Bodyshock special follows Tanya's extraordinary journey as she struggles to come to terms with her unstoppable growth and joins the world's leading doctors in a race against time to ultimately save her life.

    Acromegalic Gigantism is an extremely rare condition that causes the body to grow to massive proportions, a condition that can transform anyone into a real-life giant.

    With unprecedented access to other Acromegaly sufferers, Bodyshock uncovers the enormous toll this unpredictable affliction takes on the human body and shows the groundbreaking technology top neurosurgeons are utilising in the battle to stop the growth.

    The programme follows the astonishing lives of three people as they cope with this colossal growth, and medical experts explain the science behind this little-known yet life-threatening disease.

  • Krista and Tatiana

    The Twins Who Share a Brain

    Three-year-old twins Krista and Tatiana Hogan are conjoined at the head. It is usual to carry out separation surgery on conjoined twins as early as possible, but Krista and Tatiana can never be separated.

    Bodyshock presents a rare and moving portrait of a family determined to keep their twins together and give them a fulfilling life.

    The filmmakers follow the family as the girls make progress through one of the most difficult years of their lives, and have unexpectedly positive effects on the rest of the family. Most poignantly, doctors finally discover whether these extraordinary little girls can see through each other's eyes, as their mother believes.

  • Shiloh Pepin

    Our Daughter, the Mermaid

    Shiloh Pepin, from Maine, USA, was born with Sirenomelia or 'mermaid syndrome': an extremely rare congenital disease meaning her legs were fused together below the hips.

    She was born without a rectum or genitals, almost no large intestine and just a small piece of her kidney.

    Shiloh was given just days to live. Knowing her life could be cut short at any moment, her parents, Leslie and Elmer, devoted their lives to caring for her.

    Against all odds she survived and in 2009 she celebrated her tenth birthday, a milestone doctors said she would never reach.

    Filmed over six months that would change her family's lives forever, this is the unforgettable story of an ordinary family living with an extraordinary condition.

  • 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

    This Bodyshock Special features 13-year-old Twinkle Dwivedi who, for nearly two years, has inexplicably cried tears of blood. The spontaneous bleeding, which happens almost daily, also comes from her head, hands and feet.

    The programme follows Twinkle and her mother as they travel from their home in northern India to explore the cause of her extraordinary condition, visiting a Catholic Bishop to ask whether her bleeding is stigmata, bathing in the Ganges and visiting an alternative medicine centre.

    But when a world expert on blood disorders flies in to examine her, Twinkle's journey of discovery edges closer to some uncomfortable possibilities.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Julia

    Age 8 and Wanting a Sex Change

    As experts consider a review of UK guidelines for treating transgender children, this film follows a number of children in the US who told their parents they were born in the wrong body.

    In America, children under 16 can be prescribed hormone 'blockers' to prevent the onset of puberty, with a view to then follow with hormone treatment to become their new gender. This film follows the American experience.

    Eight-year-old Josie was born a boy but has been living as a girl for two years since revealing the full extent of his feelings about his identity to his mother.

    Kyla is also eight. She was born a boy but loves anything pink and sparkly, has grown his hair, and is preparing to return for school after summer dressed as a girl for the first time. She says: 'If I had to wear boys' clothes and be a boy for the rest of my life, I'd probably die.'

    They have both been diagnosed with gender dysphoria.

    Sixteen-year-old Chris, who was born a girl, started testosterone treatment at 14. He now has a deep voice and plentiful body hair, and shaves regularly.

    These children and their parents reveal what it is like to face life-changing questions, giving a frank insight into a subject most people never have to consider.

  • 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.

  • Lakshmi Tatma

    Girl with Eight Limbs Grows Up

    Bodyshock revisits Lakshmi Tatma, the girl who was born with eight limbs, a year after she underwent a life-saving operation to remove her half-formed conjoined twin's arms and legs.

    When Lakshmi was born with four arms and four legs, she was immediately worshipped by her parents and others in their poverty-stricken village as the reincarnation of Lakshmi, the eight-legged goddess of prosperity and wealth.

    But they faced a dilemma: only a groundbreaking operation to remove the conjoined twin's limbs could save their daughter's life, but the same gruelling procedure might easily kill her.

    In a modern hospital in Bangalore, which seems a million miles from their hut in the village and the superstitions of their religion, they agreed for their daughter to undergo the 18-hour operation.

    A year later, she has not only survived but flourished. This Bodyshock Special finds out how Lakshmi, who is now three, is developing, and what further operations and treatment she still needs to develop as normally as possible.

    The programme also returns with her to her village, where some believe the worst droughts in 50 years were caused by the operation, which they believe removed Lakshmi's goddess powers to protect them from disasters.

  • Surgeons operating


    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.

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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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