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Walk a mile in the shoes of some of the most obese people in New Zealand.  Large people talk frankly about what it’s like to be so big you can’t dress or wash yourself and you cause chaos when you go to the supermarket.  What it’s like to be forced to exist in a world where you could need seven men to pick you up if you fall.  Plus one man’s high tech solution to his obesity.

The stars of the documentary B I G are 36-year-old Miranda and 47-year-old Sharon Bishop. They live lives of shame and seclusion, rarely leaving the house. It takes excruciating effort just to walk a few steps. Miranda can no longer wash, toilet or dress herself. She sleeps sitting up and hasn’t shopped or cooked for herself in years. This is an intimate and often heart-wrenching insight into the lives of the grossly obese.  Miranda-Gray-Taufa’s story continues in the subsequent documentaries Too Big and Still Big.

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Production Details

Producer: Philippa Mossman

Thanks to: Dr Anne-Thea McGill

Exec producer: John Harris

Network exec: Sue Woodfield

Director: Julie Colquhoun

Script editor: Colin Hogg

Researcher: Julie Colquhoun

Online editor: Nick Braxton

Editor: Margaret Kelly

Production manager: Karren Woolly

Production coordinator: Emilie Stevenson

TV 3 Production manager: Kathleen Kimi

Camera: Andy Coleman

Sound: Jan McKinlay, Trish Armstrong

Sound mix: Neil Newcombe

Narrator: Truda Chawick

Production accountant: Glenda Paterson

Funded by: New Zealand on Air and TV3