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The regulator for human tissue and organs

BBC Three to air a televised post mortem

Issue date: 
13 September 2016

Obesity: The Post Mortem - BBC 3 Documentary Featuring a Post Mortem Examination

Air date: Tuesday 13 September

Over the last few months, we have been advising a TV production company who were making – and have now made - a documentary for the BBC on the impact that obesity can have on one’s health. The focus of the programme is on what happens inside the body, out of sight, so they have used a post-mortem examination to highlight the effect of obesity on a body’s vital organs.

The programme is aimed at a young audience, and includes talking heads of teenagers discussing their own health issues – the aim is to educate and encourage debate.

Our Head of Regulation, Caroline Browne, who is responsible for the Post-Mortem and Public Display sectors, has been involved in advising the production company on our role as the regulator, and on how best to maintain the privacy and dignity of the deceased.

You can read a blog by Caroline on our involvement with the programme here - Obesity: The Post Mortem - Caring for our dead; looking after ourselves

You can watch the programme on BBC iPlayer here. You can also find a 'Behind the Scenes' clip featuring an interview with Caroline Browne here

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