‘Behind the slightly dubious title lies a moving documentary about Amelie Glenhill, four, who was born with the growth-limiting genetic disorder Russell-Silver syndrome.’

- The Sunday Times

‘It was variously, touching and heartening.’

- The Independent

‘TV Choice’

- The Daily Telegraph

‘Pick of the Day’

- Radio Times

The Real Thumbelina

1 x 60’

UK Premiere 9pm 12th December 2011 on ITV1

Amelie Gledhill is four but she is still only the size of a baby.  She has a rare form of dwarfism called Russell Silver Syndrome.  It is a complex genetic condition and as well as being tiny, Amelie has a variety of other medical problems. As she prepares to start school for the first time her parents struggle to find out how the condition might affect their little girl as she grows up.

The Real Thumbelina follows Amelie’s family as they set out to discover what can be done to help their daughter grow.

Executive Producers: Paul Hamann & Emma Goddard

Producer/Director: Barnaby Peel

Editor: Bruce Law

Photography: Phil Turner, Lee York & Chris Bairstow

Composer: Justin Nichols

Narrator: Lesley Manville


Distributed by: TBC Media Rights


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