Channel 5 picks up Barcroft Productions’ “Biggest Hands”

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned Barcroft Productions to create a documentary examining one boy's daily struggles with a rare medical condition.
June 1, 2015

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned an hour-long ob-doc from Barcroft Productions examining one boy’s daily struggle with a rare medical condition.

Titled The Boy with the World’s Biggest Hands, the film centers on eight-year-old Mohammad Kaleem, who was born with an uncommon genetic disorder called macrodactyly, or local gigantism, which made his hands grow to a larger than normal size.

The ob-doc – which was commissioned by Channel 5′s commissioning editor for factual, Guy Davies - will delve into the remote village life of Kaleem, whose hands, weighing more than five and a half pounds each and measuring 13 inches from wrist to fingertips, make him the target of bullies who have labelled him “devil child.”

Media attention surrounding the medical case, however, has seen Dr. Sabapathy – head of reconstructive microsurgery at a Coimbatore hospital – offer to help Kaleem, and the family leaves their home to seek treatment.

Based on a short film that garnered more than 2.9 million views for Barcroft TV’s YouTube channel, The Boy with the World’s Biggest Hands is exec produced by Sam Barcroft and Nina Davies for the prodco.


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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.