New Sky 3D documentary 'I, Human' Sheds New Light on the Miracle that is The Human Body

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Touch Productions' two part series “I, Human” airs on Sky 3D on Sunday 7th and Sunday 14th October at 9pm.

These very special programmes tell stories of the pioneers who are unlocking the body’s secrets.

Touch Productions' latest landmark programmes take viewers to the edge of what is known about how the human body works and how we can make it better. It is the story of medical and technical pioneers who are adopting the latest technology to produce new insights and new treatments and tells the emotional stories of real people whose lives are benefitting in ways never thought possible. I, Human, will air on Sky 3D, Europe’s only 3D channel.

Using the latest 3D photography these films shed new light on the miracle that is the human body, witnessing revolutionary operations on internal organs, inside eyes and under the skin. For the first time 3D cameras enter the body in a way that has never been seen before. I, Human discovers how powerful new microscopy and stereoscopic endoscopes, breakthrough procedures and even bionic limbs are rewriting the rulebook. It is not just about the science but also the dramatic stories from people who have amazing conditions and experiences.

Sword swallower Dan Meyer is not dropping steel down into his stomach but the world’s first stereoscopic 3D endoscope – to unravel the secrets of our digestive system. This takes us into the body’s in-house safari park of tiny creatures that call us home – now seen in 3D.

I, Human tells the story of the senses including injecting a genetically modified virus to heal damaged retinas and shows how artificial skin is encouraging the body’s own healing processes on massive burns, helping the skin to re-grow. It is a minor miracle for burns that could lead to an astonishing breakthrough, helping organs to self-repair.

This is not just a programme in 3D but also shows how 3D is being used to repair the body. State of the art robots and 3D cameras are being used to remove cancerous tumors from a kidney. In a TV first, I, Human goes inside the operation and watches the kidney being repaired. And there is the ground breaking 3D endoscope allowing surgeon Theodore Schwartz to go into the brain through the nasal cavity and perform surgery inside the head, removing the tumor through the patient’s nose.

The brain is also explored in new ways using scans and fresh research. There’s new work revealing how people who feel no pain are opening our understanding of how to control chronic pain conditions. Then there is the man who can literally remember everything for the last 30 years and who is helping doctors understand memory.

I, Human also focuses on pioneers who are using our body’s extraordinary ability to heal itself – like those at MIT who have developed a drug that identifies cells infected by a virus. The drug, which acts like a smart bomb, hijacks the virus’s genetic code, and instructs the cell it has occupied to commit suicide. This kills the infected cells without damaging any other cells in the body.

These very special programmes tell stories of the pioneers who are unlocking the body’s secrets. With strong visual elements, stylishly filmed, powerful human stories and real 3D firsts, these are films that no one has truly seen before – and will never forget.

I, Human is produced by Touch Productions who have made many award-winning series and specials for a wide range of international broadcasters. 3D production and post-production was carried out by Can Communicate, who are one of Europe’s leading 3D companies.

Director: Alex Nikolic-Dunlop
Executive Producer: Malcolm Brinkworth
Narrator: Iain Glen

About Touch Productions:
Touch is a leading British independent television production company who produce high-quality programming for broadcasters worldwide and have a long-standing reputation for award winning and acclaimed documentary, history, science, factual entertainment and current affairs programming. Working across primetime series and specials Touch have broken audience records and won many awards and nominations from BAFTA, Emmy’s, Banff World TV Awards, national and regional Royal Television Society prizes, Critics Guild, CRE Race in the Media, BMA and more.

About Can Communicate:
CAN Communicate (CAN) is a leading producer of 3D HD content with a vision for multi-format productions. With a 7 year investment in 3D filming and post production, CAN has emerged as one of world’s leading producers of Stereoscopic 3D content. CAN has been involved in a wide range of productions from documentaries to live sport and the arts. This has included the 2010 FIFA World Cup, programming for Sky, Discovery, Nat Geo and 3D host broadcaster to the last two Wimbledon Championships.

Contact: David Wooster – david (at) cancommunicate (dot) com 020 3274 1011

About Sky:
Sky entertains and excites more than 10.4 million homes through the most comprehensive multichannel, multi-platform television service in the UK and Ireland. Sky continues to break new ground with its own portfolio of channels: Sky 1 combines its commitment to UK production with the best of the US; Sky Living pushes ahead with fresh and innovative entertainment formats; Sky Arts is the UK's only dedicated arts channel brand; Sky Atlantic is the home to HBO and other iconic drama and comedy, Sky Sports is still raising the bar in sports broadcasting; Sky News remains a pioneer in television news; and Sky Movies is leading the way in High Definition and on-demand.

Sky also works with dozens of other broadcasters on the satellite platform, as well as online and on mobile through the ground-breaking Sky Go service. Sky has also led the UK into the age of high definition television, launched Europe's first 3DTV channel, Sky 3D, and offers customer even more flexibility and choice through Sky Anytime+, its internet-delivered video on demand service. Since launching Sky Broadband and Sky Talk in 2006, the company has also been the UK's fastest-growing home communications provider.

Sky believes in making a wider contribution to the communities in which it operates, not least by increasing participation in, and access to, the arts, supporting grassroots sports, and taking positive action on the environment.

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