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Is being different a blessing or a curse? What is everyday life like when you look extraordinary? Mark Dolan explores the remarkable worlds of some incredible people who are anything but average.

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Is being different a blessing or a curse? What is everyday life like when you look extraordinary? Mark Dolan explores the remarkable worlds of some incredible people who are anything but average.

Series 2 Summary

Mark Dolan comes face to face with human extremes once more as he travels the globe to meet more of the world's most incredible individuals. His real goal, however, is to discover how and why some people become extraordinary, even when they were not born that way.

  • Mark and child genius

    Episode 1 - The World's Cleverest Child and Me

    Immersing himself in the lives of child geniuses, Mark meets children with mind-boggling mental capacities. But are these young masterminds a force of nature or the product of intensive nurture?

    In Seattle Mark meets a junior literary genius. Adora Svitak has written over 400 short stories, already published a novel, and is in big demand as a guest speaker at corporate events, earning up to $10,000 at a time.

    In Malaysia Mark discovers a nine-year-old maths mastermind, Adi Putra, who also seems to have a canny business sense as CEO of his own company selling brain food.

    As Mark attempts to get to the bottom of whether these baby brainboxes are the product of nature or nurture, he realises that sometimes it's not so much the parent pushing the child as the child pushing the parent.

  • The World's Most Enhanced Woman and Me

    Episode 2 - The World's Most Enhanced Woman and Me

    Mark tries to find out why some women take breast implants to extraordinary extremes.

    He discovers that tastes are changing in Las Vegas, but that the big breast scene is buoyant in Brazil.

    He asks who is really behind these women's decisions to go large, uncovers the health risks, and meets the new contender for the title of the world's most enhanced woman.

  • The World's Strongest Child and Me

    Episode 3 - The World's Strongest Child and Me

    In 2000, eight-year-old Richard Sandrak shocked the world with his incredible bodybuilder physique. Trained up by his fitness fanatic dad from the age of three, he was unofficially recognised as the strongest child in the world. Since then he has disappeared from the public eye.

    As well as finding Richard, Mark wants to track down the next generation of super-strong children vying to succeed him, and find out why some parents will defy medical advice to train up their kids from such a young age.

    Mark's search takes him from a controversial child weightlifting contest in America, to an Olympic weightlifting boarding school established in the former Soviet Union, and on to the nightclubs of the Ukraine, where he discovers a family of girls trained up from birth to perform in a circus strongman act.

  • Postigo family and Mark

    Episode 4 - The World's Biggest Family and Me

    Mark sets off on a global quest to learn the truth about families with ten or more children. What dictates the choices of some people to have large families and how do they operate?

    Mark travels to Canada to meet the Ionces. They are Romanian immigrants and have 18 children, a record for North America. They are also Christian fundamentalists. The mother, Livia, has been pregnant for 17 of the last 23 years.

    Mark continues his journey by heading to the United Arab Emirates, where he meets polygamist Daad Mohammed. Now in his 60s, he's had 17 wives and 84 children, and has a target of 100.

    In Spain, Mark meets Jose Maria Postigo and his wife, Rosa. They have 15 children, but another two died from a congenital heart defect. Six of the surviving children also suffer from this problem, forcing Mark to question the ethics of continuing to have children in the face of this illness.

The World's... and Me synopsis

Is being different a blessing or a curse? What is everyday life like when you look extraordinary? Mark Dolan explores the remarkable worlds of some incredible people who are anything but average.

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