or


[10/26/07 - 01:38 PM]
December Is Body Image Month on BBC America
This December, the network takes a look at body image with five compelling, hour-long, U.S. premiere documentaries: "Super Skinny Me," "476-lb. Teenager," "My Small Breasts and I," "My Big Breasts and Me," and "Teen Transsexual."

[via press release from BBC America]

DECEMBER IS BODY IMAGE MONTH ON BBC AMERICA

Ordinary people confront serious body issues in five U.S. Premiere documentaries

BBC AMERICA Reveals is a Sunday night documentary slot packed with intriguing celebrity profiles, Royal specials and real-life stories that shine a light on contemporary Britain. This December, it takes a look at body image with five compelling, hour-long, U.S. premiere documentaries: Super Skinny Me, 476-lb. Teenager, My Small Breasts and I, My Big Breasts and Me, and Teen Transsexual.

SUPER SKINNY ME premieres Sunday, December 2, 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Female celebrities seem to be vanishing before our very eyes. Ellen Pompeo, Kate Bosworth, pre-pregnancy Nicole Ritchie, Keira Knightly and other stars seem to be in a race to size zero (and beyond). But what are the costs of such extreme weight loss, and how can you possibly maintain such an unnatural state?

Super Skinny Me is a shocking, reverse version of Super Size Me. In this graphic account of extreme dieting, two journalists, Kate (left), 37, and Louise, 28, are followed as they adopt extreme weight-loss methods used by celebrities and models�everything from colonics to protein shakes�with the goal of dropping five dress sizes in five weeks, plummeting from the average size 8 to a catwalk size 0. Along the way, the journalists�and the audience�are forced to confront the serious mental and physical side effects of such an experiment, revealing the true cost of the Hollywood look. Said Louise of her experience, �The last thing I want to do is show people how to lose the weight. The aim of the experiment is to show and highlight all the horrible, nasty side effects. I don't think I've ever been so unhappy in my life.�

This program is a must-see for anyone even considering a pre- or post-holiday crash diet.

476-LB. TEENAGER premieres Sunday, December 9, 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Teenagers often feel awkward and self-conscious, but at four times the size of the average teen, Bethany has never felt pretty. At the start of 2006, Bethany was Britain's fattest teenager, weighing in at 476 pounds. When she was told she would not make to adulthood, she opted for radical stomach-reducing surgery.

She's since lost 96 pounds (she poses to the right, in celebration, next to the equivalent weight in lard), but surgery hasn't stopped her life-long habit of comfort eating. Even worse, with her new, smaller stomach, she finds eating certain fibrous, healthy foods difficult. The surgery also doesn't shelter her from stares and hurtful comments. Bethany said of her experience, �People stare at you, children say, �Mummy, why's she like that?' If someone had been particularly horrible to me, like a drunken person across the street shouting, �Oi, you fat b*tch!' I'd feel so low.�

Obese for almost a decade, her biggest battle is ahead. In order to get to the root of her problem, she decides to see a therapist. Even though she desperately wants to change her ways, she sometimes worries she'll be a different person, and may even lose her friends. Bethany hopes to focus on the things she is proud of, like her studies. Will she learn to overcome the psychological effects of being obese? Will she ever wean herself from an emotional attachment to food?

MY SMALL BREASTS AND I premieres Sunday, December 16, 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

This documentary uncovers the complex, poignant and sometimes amusing relationship women have with their breasts. Speaking candidly, three women reveal how they feel about their small chest size.

Kate's self-esteem is so impaired, she barely goes out. A mother of two, Kate worries that her negative body image will affect her children as they grow up. She travels all the way to New York to see an innovative photo therapist, who, through photography, gives her clients a different perspective on their bodies.

Laura has wanted breast implants since she was fourteen. She's so desperate for funding, she's logged on to an innovative website that allows men to donate money to women for breast implants. She even visits with one of the lucky recipients to talk about her online experience.

Sharon (left) could easily afford breast implants, but she doesn't want to go under the knife. Instead, she's trying her own DIY method to increase her chest size. She takes herbal supplements and she's also invested in a breast enhancement machine�that's getting in the way of her love life.

Through visits to bra makers, psychologists, photographers and surgeons, three women try to make their own breasts look bigger and also hope to accept what they've got.

MY BIG BREASTS AND ME premieres Sunday, December 23, 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The average chest size of a teenager has grown dramatically over the past ten years. Find out what it's really like to have a cup size at the far end of the alphabet in this documentary tracking the experiences of three large-breasted women. Some may think large breasts are a blessing�but at least for these three, they're a curse.

Music student Jodie, 23, is petite. Her feet are a size one, but her chest is a 28K�and still growing. Coming from a family where the women have relatively small breasts, Jody sets out to find out why her breasts are growing. In order to make her friends understand, she takes them shopping, fitted with size K prosthetic breasts. Will they love having large breasts enough to cope with the physical effort of lugging them around? Will they like the kind of attention large breasts command?

Maddie (right), 19, dreams of working the fashion industry, but she feels that her F cups are holding her back. She pops out of the latest fashions, never quite looking anything like what comes down the runway. For example, supermodel Giselle is portrayed as curvy, but Maddie's three full cup sizes larger. Afraid that her look is holding her back, the camera follows Maddie as she tries to find a place for big breasts in the fashion world.

Now in her thirties, Vicky has finally had enough of her 34H breasts. She's sick of hiding them, always dressing in black, always standing with her shoulders hunched to make them look smaller. She's fed-up with avoiding unwanted attention to herself and her breasts. Concerned that surgery is too expensive and would leave her scarred, we follow Vicky has she embarks on a regime of exercise and herbal remedies in order to reduce her breasts naturally.

TEEN TRANSSEXUAL premieres Sunday, December 30, 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

When Lucy celebrated her 18th birthday, all she wanted was to become a woman. An especially daunting wish, considering Lucy was born a boy named Richard. Teen Transsexual documents the voyage from Richard to Lucy�one that's complicated by her young age. As a minor, gender reassignment was impossible�illegal, even. But Lucy started her journey in her early teens with her family's blessing and hormone therapy.

It's been a long voyage from Richard to Lucy. Lucy admits knowing she was different, even as a small child, �At about eight years old, I realized, for sure, that my body was wrong. I always thought to myself, �I wish I could become a girl, I wish I could.' and I didn't think there was a possible way.�

After confessing to a therapist, Richard had to come out to his family. He admits he was terrified he'd be insulted, hurt, maybe even disowned. Since age 16, Richard's been living full time as Lucy�classified by the medical profession as a pre-operative transsexual, which means her body is still male.

Now that she's 18, there's another hurdle in her way. At an age where few people solidly know who they are, she has to prove that she's ready for this irreversible surgery, and that it will allow her to function better, psychologically and socially. With the support of her family, her therapist and surgeons, will she finally be able to leave her former gender behind?

BBC AMERICA brings audiences a new generation of award-winning television featuring razor-sharp comedies, provocative dramas, life-changing makeovers and news with a uniquely global perspective. BBC AMERICA pushes the boundaries to deliver high quality, highly addictive and eminently watchable programming to viewers who demand more. BBC AMERICA is distributed by Discovery Networks. It is available on digital cable and satellite TV.

For more information about BBC AMERICA visit www.bbcamerica.com

CAST AND PRODUCTION CREDITS

SUPER SKINNY ME

Executive Producers Liz Warner and Dave Nath

Producer/Director Kathleen Larkin

Super Skinny Me is a Betty production for Channel 4.

476-LB. TEENAGER

Executive Producer Elaine Hackett

Producer/Director Kerry Brierley

476-lb. Teenager is a Brighter Pictures production for BBC.

MY SMALL BREASTS AND I

Executive Producer Samantha Anstiss

Producer/Director Sarah Waldron

My Small Breasts and I is a BBC Three production.

MY BIG BREASTS AND ME

Executive Producer Clare Sillery

Producer/Director Natalie Watts and Emma Boswell

My Big Breasts and Me is a BBC Three production.

TEEN TRANSSEXUAL

Executive Producer Elaine Hackett

Producer/Director Kerry Brierley

Teen Transsexual is a Brighter Pictures production for BBC.





  [october 2007]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[07/29/16 - 01:03 PM]
National Geographic Channel Greenlights Global Scripted Event Series Based on Martha Raddatz's New York Times Best-Seller, "The Long Road Home"
Screenwriter Mikko Alanne ("The 33") is adapting and also executive producing this epic story of survival for television.

[07/29/16 - 01:02 PM]
National Geographic Channel, Imagine Entertainment and RadicalMedia Redefine Television Storytelling with "Mars" - An Unprecedented Global Event Series
The project premieres on the National Geographic Channel in 171 countries and 45 languages this November.

[07/29/16 - 01:01 PM]
USA Network Sets "Chrisley Knows Best" Mid-Season Return for Tuesday, August 23 with Two New Back-to-Back Episodes
The network previously extended the current season, bringing the total to 26 episodes, and has already announced a pick up for a Season 5, set to air next year.

[07/29/16 - 12:12 PM]
Animal Planet Celebrates "World Lion Day" with a Marathon of Lion Programming on August 10
Highlights include the all-new special "Clash of Africa's Giants," which gives audiences a look inside the lives of one of Africa's growing prides on a quest for survival.

[07/29/16 - 11:45 AM]
FOX Orders Second Season of Competition Series "American Grit"
Season two is currently casting the next group of men and women who are ready to find their inner strength and transform their lives for the better.

[07/29/16 - 11:30 AM]
Video: "Killing Reagan" - Trailer
The National Geographic Channel original movie premieres Sunday October 16 at 9:00/8:00c.

[07/29/16 - 11:02 AM]
Video: Miramax(R) and El Rey Network Release Trailer from Season Three of the El Rey Network Original "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series"
This season the Gecko brothers find themselves in the vortex of the culebra world, thrust into a fight against the forces of Hel as they assemble an unlikely crew to take on the new enemies determined to take them down.

[07/29/16 - 10:33 AM]
"The Circus" Returns This September for the Final Act of the 2016 Election
Sunday night's episode marks the final episode in the series' summer run.

[07/29/16 - 09:26 AM]
El Rey Network Now Available on Verizon Fios
El Rey will be included in the Ultimate, Preferred, Mundo and Mundo Total TV plans on channel 198.

[07/29/16 - 09:07 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS, "Big Brother" Top Charts
The Eye claims the adults 18-49 and the total viewers crown.

[07/29/16 - 08:33 AM]
Family, Food and Fun Rule the Road in Primetime Series "The Great Food Truck Race: Family Face-Off"
The five-episode stunt launches Sunday, August 28 at 9:00/8:00c on Food Network.

[07/29/16 - 08:31 AM]
"Teen Choice 2016" and Rock the Vote Partner to Inspire Teens to Weigh in on Who Should Be the Next President
The results of the youth poll will be revealed during the live broadcast airing this Sunday, July 31 on FOX.

[07/28/16 - 06:45 PM]
TV One Premieres Film Festival Sensation "Jean of the Joneses" on Sunday, October 23 at 7 P.M. ET
The network's latest original movie centers on 25-year-old Jean, portrayed in a break-out performance by Taylour Paige, and her multi-generational, middle-class family of strong-minded yet loving women.

[07/28/16 - 02:30 PM]
Kobe Bryant to Present Decade Award to Justin Timberlake at "Teen Choice 2016," Airing Live This Sunday, July 31, on FOX!
Lea Michele, Sarah Hyland, NE-YO, Chris Evans, Daisy Ridley, Shay Mitchell and Ashley Benson are also among the celebrities scheduled to appear.

[07/28/16 - 01:58 PM]
TV One Delivers a Knockout Punch with New Original Film "Ringside," Premiering Sunday, Sept. 4 at 7 P.M. ET
The film stars Tyler Lepley as undefeated boxer Jaxon Holley and explores the personal battles he faces outside of the ring while preparing for the biggest fight of his career.