THE REAL SLEEP­ING BEAUTY

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The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Movie Reviews -

Louisa Ball, 15, suf­fers from a rare sleep dis­or­der known as Kleine-levin Syn­drome. Af­ter con­tract­ing the flu, the teen be­gan sleep­ing for days on end. Now, ev­ery four to eight weeks, she falls into a deep sleep for up to two weeks. Her fam­ily wakes her twice a day to feed her. This doc­u­men­tary fol­lows Louisa as she faces school ex­ams, her prom and a fam­ily hol­i­day. She is try­ing a new drug and hopes it will help her stay awake. A se­ries that ex­plores the in­cred­i­ble di­ver­sity of mam­mals, rep­tiles, fish, birds, in­sects and plants. An­i­mals and plants that fea­ture in the pro­gram have de­vel­oped their eclec­tic ap­pear­ance and abil­i­ties through evo­lu­tion and forces of na­ture. New Zealand is the first stop; the habits of the kiwi and other crea­tures are in­ves­ti­gated. The kiwi is an hon­orary mam­mal, an evo­lu­tion­ary odd­ity that runs in­stead of flies.

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