Channel 4 senior commissioning editor for Factual David Glover has commissioned a new science documentary from Darlow Smithson which brings together a team of robotics experts to attempt to build a complete human body.
The special documentary Frankenstein: Building The Bionic Human is using $1 million-worth of cutting edge limbs and organs borrowed from some of the world’s leading research centres and manufacturers.
The programme’s presenter, psychologist Bertolt Meyer, who has a bionic hand himself, wants to find out how close bio-technology is to catching up with, exploring the technologies at the forefront of bionics and investigating their potential impact on our future, from bionic limbs and mechanical hearts, to eye implants and microchip brains.
Glover says: “This film is genuinely strange. We asked a psychologist with an artificial arm to build a 21st century Frankenstein’s monster copy of himself out of bionic body parts. What starts off as a guided tour of the wonders of modern technology actually becomes a slightly disturbing journey – a bit like the original Frankenstein.”
Frankenstein: Building The Bionic Human is a co- production with Darlow Smithson, an Endemol company and Smithsonian. The executive producer for DSP is Julian Ware. It was directed by Tom Coveney and the assistant producer is James Pope.