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Short Stories


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Some people call them dwarves. They call themselves 'persons of restricted growth'. There are more than 10,000 of them in Britain. And for all of them, being small is no laughing matter. Mike Ballan is just 37 inches tall - the smallest man in Britain. His twin brother Malcolm is nearly twice his height. Frances Gaywood is an adopted child. Her natural parents couldn't cope with the fact that she, unlike them, was a dwarf. Tom Shakespeare is the son and heir of Sir
William Shakespeare. Tom's at Cambridge - a political activist, hair dyed, self-confident, and something of a trial to his tall tidy mother. In childhood
Gladys Nicholson was hung from bars and painfully stretched - to no avail. But soon she's to marry Bernard Brooks - a shy watch-repairer, who for years couldn't bear to look in a mirror, or even a shop window. He kept thinking to himself that he was tall.
Narrator Richard Denton Small and perfectly formed documentary INDEPENDENT Memorable DAILY TELEGRAPH 40 Minutes editor EDWARD MIRZOEFF Producer COLLEEN TOOMEY


Unknown: Mike Ballan
Unknown: Frances Gaywood
Unknown: Tom Shakespeare
Unknown: William Shakespeare.
Unknown: Gladys Nicholson
Unknown: Bernard Brooks
Narrator: Richard Denton
Producer: Colleen Toomey

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