Extraordinary People return to Channel 5

The documentary strand's new series will feature four new films about people with unusual medical conditions


Channel 5’s documentary series Extraordinary People will return for a new series in June with four new hour-long films about people with unusual medical conditions.


In The Boy Who Never Grew Up, viewers will meet Nick Smith, a 21-year-old primordial dwarf who stands less than three feet tall and is facing urgent brain surgery to cure a life-threatening condition. As well as seeing how experts help Nick with his medical problems, the programme will also show viewers how he copes with everyday life.

My Face is Eating Me Alive centres on Zimbabwean Tare, whose life has been blighted by an enormous facial tumour that has destroyed her jaw and left her barely able to breathe. The film will also introduce viewers to Tare’s mother, who sacrifices everything she has to save her daughter’s life, and examine the plight of other poor people in Zimbabwe who cannot afford treatment for their tumours.

50-year-old mum of three Helen Stephens will shed light one of the rarest medical conditions in the world, Stiff Person Syndrome, in The Incredible Hulk Woman. Her condition means that Helen’s body stiffens up in response to noise, stress, extreme temperatures and food allergies, causing her muscles to spasm, rip and tear inside her body and transforming her into what she calls The Incredible Hulk Woman.

And the series will conclude with Teenage OAP, a film about 16-year-old Zara who suffers from Lipodystrophy, a condition which has left her with the voice of someone twice her age and the face of an old lady. The C5 cameras will follow Zara as she obtains a diagnosis and begins to plan out her life goals for the future.


“This latest series of Extraordinary People once again delivers stories that are incredibly gripping and at the same time profoundly moving,” said Channel 5’s Head of Factual Andrew O’Connell. “That’s no mean feat and I’m very proud of these four films.”