20/20 Special Edition

9:35pm Thursday, August 30 on TV2

20/20 Special Edition: My Big Fat Fetish explores the relationship four ‘big’ models have with food, their bodies and the men who encourage them to gain enormous amounts of weight.

In the UK and USA larger women are gaining a big following in magazines and online; the idea is, the fatter they grow the sexier they become. As the western world becomes increasingly obese, fat is becoming a fetish and these women are becoming renowned for their fat bodies.

The women known as ‘gainers’ attract ‘feeders’; a group of men so attracted to these plus-sized ladies, they are willing to pay big-bucks to feed and look after the buxom women.

Some women can even receive payment for ‘squashing’, where a male fan can pay relatively large sums of money to be sat on while the larger woman bounces up and down, restricting their in-take of air.

9:30pm Thursday, August 25 on TV2

In the final of the special edition series, 20/20 takes a look into the lives of trans-sexual men who give birth. My Dad’s Pregnant is an intimate, dramatic and uplifting portrait of America’s most unconventional family.

There’s Logan aged 10, Greg aged 12, and their parents, Thomas and Scott who are both gay, and used to be women.

Having adopted Logan and Greg, Scott recently gave birth to a baby boy which resulted in a flood of media attention, a deluge of hate mail and a difficult time at school for Logan in particular, who is autistic.

The family have now moved to New Mexico to begin a new life, but just as things started to feel more settled, Scott and Thomas have started talking about having a second baby and are looking for a suitable sperm donor.

This heart-warming story tells Logan and Greg’s story as they live within this most unusual of families.

9:30pm Thursday, August 18 on TV2

20/20 continues its special edition series tonight with a discerning and shocking look at incest and those who are affected by it.

Tonight, 2020 investigates a behaviour coined as “genetic sexual attraction” (GSA) and the community who believe that their adult incestuous relationships should not be deemed illegal by law and are fighting for legal recognition of their partnerships – mirroring the early stages gay rights movement of the 70s.

The show features Ruth, a woman from London who has had a son with her father, Ron who fell in love with his sister, and Alex and Pau, a brother and sister in their early 20s who live together as an ‘ordinary’ couple in Seattle.

9:30pm Thursday, August 11 on TV2

Tonight, 20/20 begins the first of its special edition series with an insightful and horrifying look at paedophiles and those who hunt them down.

Tonight, 20/20 follows the agents of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as they track down, arrest and extradite American paedophile sex tourists.

In Cambodia, ex-police officer Chris Materelli works alongside former Khmer Rouge boy soldier Vansak Suos, investigating Americans who have abused children as young as four, who are sometimes sold by their own parents.

Although these agents work under the radar, so far 85 offenders have been brought back to America to face justice in American courts.

9:30pm Thursday, February 10 on TV2

20/20 Special Edition returns to TV2 this week, with an intimate and in-depth look into the fast growing epidemic that is Extreme Obesity.

Father and son bariatric surgeons revisit their most severe obesity cases and see what’s become of their patients post surgery.

Watch what happens to their biggest and sickest patients after the camera stops rolling. The duo examine whether their patients continue to struggle with drug addiction, eating disorders and emotional trauma.

9:30pm Thursday, September 30 on TV2

Tonight’s 20/20 Special Edition, Mum Heroin And Me tells the story of Kate McKenzie and her battle with 20-year-old daughter, Hannah, a heroin addict living on the streets of Brighton with her boyfriend, Ricky.

Shot over the course of a year by award-winning documentary-maker Jane Treays, the cameras follow Kate, Hannah and Ricky as Hannah moves from pavement, to hostel, to bedsit. The documentary provides a moving portrait of a mother and daughter trying to love one another through the fog of heroin addiction.

Kate believes that Hannah’s problems started when she was very ill as a child with an unusual and debilitating colon disorder. She was in and out of hospital for the first ten years of her life and was bullied at school: “I think it was the major cause of her low self-esteem and she seemed to find it difficult to feel at ease with people… I called her the little girl with the barbed wire fence.”

At the beginning of the documentary, Hannah is sleeping rough less than half a mile from her parents’ home, with her boyfriend Ricky. Kate remains fond of Ricky, despite the fact that he once burgled her house. Although Kate feels reassured that Hannah is not alone on the streets, she also knows that the relationship harms Hannah’s chance of recovery: “The downside of that, of course, is that very seldom do two addicts recover simultaneously and together, so that if one is getting better, very often they will relapse because the other person isn’t.”

After weeks of sleeping rough, Hannah and Ricky get a place in a hostel which allows them to take drugs but where they will also receive weekly counselling. They are taking methadone in an effort to reduce their heroin use but the methadone is giving Hannah nightmares and she has been screaming for her mum in the night.

On Hannah’s 21st birthday Kate is determined that they will enjoy a nice day together: “I want it to be a lovely special day for her, and for me, because I still love her very much and it’s important.” She has carefully chosen presents that Hannah will be unable to sell to buy drugs – taking her for a massage and to have her hair done. But there is no escape from the reality of Hannah’s addiction – she needs a fix before she is able to keep her hairdressing appointment.

Hannah soon moves on again to a squat with Ricky – her sixth home in a year. As Kate helps her to decorate, Hannah is in an optimistic mood: “If you live somewhere like this I think you’ve got more chance of doing things that normal people do. If I was in a hostel there’s nothing to inspire me to get clean. Whereas if I’m here I want to make the flat look nice.” But eight weeks later, charged with shoplifting and assault, she is more downbeat: “I always have the best intentions and things that I want to do but it never happens. Heroin always comes first.”

Hannah is bright and articulate but her addiction has left Kate emotionally drained. Even as she tries to do everything in her power to help her daughter, Kate is realistic about what will happen next: “Even though we sometimes feel optimistic, the reality is that this will go on for a long time. There won’t be any change. This is our life together; this is how it’s going to be.”

9:30pm Thursday, September 30 on TV2

Tonight’s 20/20 Special Edition, Mum Heroin And Me tells the story of Kate McKenzie and her battle with 20-year-old daughter, Hannah, a heroin addict living on the streets of Brighton with her boyfriend, Ricky.

Shot over the course of a year by award-winning documentary-maker Jane Treays, the cameras follow Kate, Hannah and Ricky as Hannah moves from pavement, to hostel, to bedsit.

The documentary provides a moving portrait of a mother and daughter trying to love one another through the fog of heroin addiction.

9:30pm Thursday, June 24 on TV2

Tonight 20/20 Special Edition presents Pre-teen Beauty Queen, a fascinating documentary that raises many important and contemporary questions about childhood and parenting in the 21st century.

Sasha Bennington is a determined, ambitious model who wants to get to the top of the beauty pageant ladder. She’s also eleven years old. Parents Jayne and Martin have instilled in her that beauty and money are the most important things in life – and this pageant is her big opportunity for stardom.

Jayne is convinced that by entering the pageants, she’s setting her daughter up for success in her adult life.

“You know, there’s a lot of people say if you want a career when you’re older, you’ve got to start young,” she says.

Jayne herself had a short-lived career as a glamour model at the age of 23, and has developed a love of the limelight which has never left her.

“You get these sashes, which I thought was absolutely amazing ‘cos you’ve seen it on TV. And I was like, ‘Oh my god, I’ve got my own sash’. And you can take it home! It was amazing.”

“I’m not saying that I’ve got aspirations for her to be a porn star or anything, but I think I’d really like Sasha to get every opportunity she can to enter as much as possible, and then hopefully, because she’s started younger she’ll get a lot further than I did because I started when I was kind of past it.”

The first ever British child to take part in a kid’s beauty pageant in America, Sasha’s journey is followed every step of the way from Burnley to Texas as she immerses herself in this quest: nightly rehearsals of catwalk style, private coaching for the cheerleading routine, spray-tans and manicures – while counting every calorie that passes her tiny glossed lips.

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9:30pm Thursday, April 1 on TV2

20/20 Special Edition continues tonight with an in-depth look at the disturbing case of a woman being stalked by her menacing ex-boyfriend.

Soon after Candice Baker began a relationship with Stuart Moran, he began to reveal the darker side of his personality to his new partner. Stuck in a miserable relationship, Baker stumbled upon evidence that Moran had been cheating on her, prompting her to try and end things. Moran, however, refused to accept the relationship was over and set about increasing the levels of violent and psychological stalking.

As Moran’s erratic and harassing behaviour escalated, an unbelievable chain of events led to Baker herself getting arrested by the police – and facing up to ten years in jail. Introduced by Miriama Kamo.

9:30pm Thursday, March 18 on TV2

20/20 Special Edition returns to TV2 tonight with an in-depth and thought-provoking story about three serial killers, and the psychological impulses behind the crimes.

Edmund Kemper, Gerard Schaefer and Roderick Ferrell are three of the most fearsome serial killers America has ever known. In an attempt to get to the bottom of their crimes, tonight’s documentary includes interviews with investigators on the cases, as well as judges, psychiatrists and the friends and family of the killers in an attempt to gain insight into the motives behind their horrific actions.

What makes a serial killer? What triggers their actions, and how can they be stopped from harming again? With the help of one of the world’s most eminent criminologists, Stéphane Bourgoin, 20/20 Special Edition: Serial Killers aims to provide answers. ntrol the situation a bit more.”

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