Partners: Firecracker Films for Channel 4, distributed by Zodiak Rights
Length: 1 x 60 minutes
Aired: June 2013 (Channel 4, UK) , August 2013 (TLC, U.S.)
Rights available: Worldwide
Following its airing in the UK this past June as part of Channel 4′s ‘Bodyshock’ strand, the British press predictably had a field day with puns and quips trotted out within its reviews of the program. But while several critics highlighted the shock value of the title (with the Daily Mirror jokingly griping: “Don’t you hate it when programs have cryptic titles that don’t really explain what they’re about?”) and the peculiarity of the subject matter, most also conceded that the program was a sensitive exploration of a truly mind-boggling medical condition. The special, which attracted 3.9 million viewers for its C4 airing, follows Las Vegas resident Wesley Warren Jr., as he contends with a crippling case of scrotal elephantiasis, and grapples with the potential freedom or dangers that surgery could provide. Along the way, viewers also catch a glimpse into the twists and turns of dealing with the American health care system, and importantly, watch a man triumph over a life-threatening condition, dignity intact.