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“Dust to Dust”: Televised Human Decomposition

When gratuitous sex and violence won’t capture the eyeballs any more, it shouldn’t be surprising that gratuitous decomposition seems like the appropriate next step in the progression to some TV executive somewhere.

Britain’s Channel Four Recruits Rotting Corpse
(Thursday, November 04 03:00 PM)
LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) Which is more entertaining: watching paint dry or watching a human body decompose? Thanks to Channel 4, British audiences may soon get to decide for themselves. The tentatively titled documentary “Dust to Dust” will tackle the taboo of rotting human flesh and bring those images into British homes.

According to the Guardian newspaper, producers on the show are currently searching for a terminally ill patient whose family is willing to sign off on letting a national television audience watch him rot. After the patient’s death, the body will be placed in a private area of London’s Science Museum and a number of cameras and scientists will get to watch the body decompose.

[via boingboing]