After millions of viewers fell in love with young Jasmine Burkitt in last year’s Small Teen, Big World, a follow-up was always on the cards and the Beeb continue to tell her story in this touching reprise. For newbies, Jasmine (or ‘Jazz’) – who stands at 3ft 8in in height – suffers from a rare and undiagnosed form of dwarfism and this new four-part series, Small Teen, Bigger World (see what they’ve done there..) continues her story. Those who watched the first documentary will know that her life story is as moving as it is inspiring. But the over-riding theme is still the strength of this young woman and her positive outlook on life.
We found out last year that Jasmine balances her own problems with the tribulations of acting as full-time carer for her mother, who has the same condition as well as a lung infection. But in tonight’s episode we learn that she has decided to study animal welfare and make contact with her biological father.
Jasmine’s mum decided to split with him in the aftermath of her birth as his use of drugs steadily increased throughout her pregnancy and viewers will surely be hoping for a positive outcome here. These are projects that might intimidate an average 16 year-old, so watching Jasmine tackle them head-on while dealing with everything else is a real eye-opener for any teenage layabouts. (We’re looking at you Young, Dumb and Living Off Mum!)