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Abby and Brittany: Joined for Life

Abby and Brittany: Joined for Life

Thu Apr 25, 9-10pm, BBC3

By Phil Harrison
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Series one, episode one
Abby and Brittany are 22-year-old conjoined twins. This being BBC3, their story is told in a relentlessly upbeat mode. And, actually, why not? It’s clear that these girls are intent on living their lives to the fullest, despite the quirk of their birth circumstances. And yet, many questions remain and we hope it’s not entirely prurient to ask them. What about boys, for example? What if Abby likes Beefheart and Brittany, Bieber? Is such a divergence of taste even possible given their almost identical life experience?

In short, there’s a really fascinating nature v nurture documentary to be made here, but this isn’t it. Instead, expect to be left gawping at their tendency not merely to finish each other’s sentences but actually speak in stereo. Still, it’s a two-parter, so maybe next week will venture a little deeper. And anyway, it’s impossible to watch this film and not marvel at their vibrant positivity, however patronising that might sound.
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