Big Love

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Big Love and Born Small : The Wedding

Big Love first aired on BBC One. Phil is 32 and James is 29, and both brothers have a rare form of dwarfism called diastrophic dysplasia. Although they are both of average height themselves, Phil and James’s parents Dawn and Dave are both carriers of the gene, but they were completely unaware of this until their first child Phil was born.

This a story of big love and big dreams that finally proves size doesn’t matter.

Phil stands at three foot tall and James at three foot seven inches, and they have both faced many challenges. They have struggled with serious physical difficulties that could have left them unable to walk. They have struggled to be accepted, and have endured a lifetime of people staring at them. But most of all they have always believed that they would struggle to find love. They were wrong…. James is marrying his girlfriend Chloe, and Phil is in a relationship with Kathleen, who he met online.

In a follow up, Born Small : The Wedding, Chloe, aged 22, and James get married. But James and Chloe are not your usual engaged couple. They are young – and if the stats are to be believed, are therefore more likely to get divorced. They are one of just 37% of couples having a religious wedding, and they are abstaining from sex until marriage. James and Chloe have much in common – they share a religion, have the same values, and similar attitudes towards family life. But they have one very noticeable difference. James is just 3 foot 7 inches, and has a rare form of Dwarfism, while Chloe is of average height. This programme looks at the difference between couples, and how those differences can be negotiated, managed and even celebrated.

How do James and Chloe manage this one obvious difference, if indeed it needs managing at all, and how do they handle public perceptions of their relationship?