Channel 4 commissions Frankenstein robot series

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Channel 4 Senior Commissioning Editor for Factual, David Glover, has commissioned a new science documentary from Darlow Smithson Productions (DSP), which will bring together a team of robotics experts in an attempt to build a complete human body. Frankenstein: Building The Bionic Human will use $1 million-worth of cutting edge limbs and organs for the experiment, 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, will look at how close bio-technology is to catching up with Nature, exploring the technologies at the forefront of bionics and investigating their potential impact.

Commenting on the project, Glover said: "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, becomes a slightly disturbing journey."

Creative Director at DSP, Julian Ware added: "We are always looking for ways to tell stories in innovative ways, but building a complete human artificial body has been one of DSP most ambitious undertakings yet. By creating our own Frankenstein out of artificial body parts, we hope to engage the audience in a revolution that is changing the face of medicine."

Frankenstein: Building The Bionic Human is a co- production with DSP, an Endemol company and Smithsonian. The Executive Producer for DSP is Julian Ware. The production is directed by Tom Coveney and Assistant Producer is James Pope.

Further information on Frankenstein: Building The Bionic Human can be found on Production Intelligence, the online database of advance productions from The Knowledge:

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