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FOUR OF A KIND ITV1 Wales, Monday, 9pm.

No, you're not seeing quadruple.

You've just clapped eyes on Ellie, Georgie, Jessica and Holly, above, - the UK's only identical quadruplets.

The Carles quads are miracles of nature, conceived against odds of 1 in 64 million. They are identical, monochorionic quadruplets - super rare babies formed when one fertilised egg splits four times creating four identical embryos all sharing the same placenta.

The odds of their survival are so small that just one other set of identical monochorionic quads is known to be alive in the world today.

Over a period of months, the Carles family allows cameras into its Bedfordshire home to follow these miracle girls in the run-up to their fifth birthday, sharing with them some of the milestones of their lives from Christmas, to their first swimming lesson to their first day of term.

The programme also explores how the girls are growing up and changing, and using psychological testing it examines how different the quads really are.

And for Mum Julie, a trip to America to meet some teenage identical quads gives her a glimpse of what the future holds.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 18, 2011
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