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From Slum Dweller to Chess Champion

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 24 December 2012

Sixteen year old Phiona Mutesi grew up in the slums of the Ugandan capital Kampala. A chance meeting with a missionary who has a passion for chess changed her life forever. She's now playing chess at an international level and her story is being made into a Hollywood film.

Also, the O'Toole family from North Carolina - all five of them have been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.

And, The Choir With No Name - the choir giving London's homeless a musical chance.

Picture: A hand reaches for the black queen.
Picture Credit: Matt King/Getty Images



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