Television Tuesday - Abby & Brittnay: Joined For Life

by - Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Over the past three weeks I've seem to have developed a evening routine of sorts whilst I'm babysitting my neighbours little ones. Read stories, play with with some Lego, make hot chocolate, tuck the little ones into bed. Once that's all done and they are crashed out for the night I'll pop on Abby & Brittnay on BBC3.

The three episode mini series follows the life of conjoined twins, Abby and Britney Hensel as they prepare to graduate from College (that's University for us English folk) and journey out into the world to presue their dream job of becoming Primary school teachers.

The show first caught my beady eyes when BBC3 were constantly running the advert for it and I guess they showed it enough times for it to make me tune in and see what all the fuss was about. At first I was completely unaware of the girls as they seem to be well known across the pond but not so much over here and yet despite that their story captured and drew me in.

It's hard enough growing up nowadays when it's just you and I can't imagine what it must be like to have a sister by your side 24/7 but they seem to get along amazingly well.

Now for the complicated bit, I won't go into too much detail as its far more interesting hearing the girls talk about it but I'll give it a quick go. Abby and Brittany have two separate sets of organs from head to waist and everything below that they share. Two hearts, four lungs, one digestive system - you get the gist. Each girl controls one side of their body (and in perfect sync may I add, I have trouble doing that on my own most days!)  and of corse they have two heads, and most obvious of all, they have completely diffrent personalities and tastes which must make clothes shopping a bit of a pickle at times.

Despite the world and "social norms" against them Abby and Brittany are determined to not let anything stand in their way or get them down, if they are physical able and are both up for the challenge then they'll charge right into it guns blazing and end up proving that two heads are better than one (sorry about the pun! That will be the only one I promise.) but don't take my word for it, this is such a fascinating documentary that defiantly worth watching. The show is still avaible to watch on the BBC iPlayer.

Have you watched this show? And if so what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.


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