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Channel Five is to broadcast a documentary on the cryonic freezing of a terminally-ill cancer victim, The Guardian reports.

The one-hour doco shows the American woman's "emotional journey" - illustrated by interviews with her and her husband - to eventual cryonic preservation. It will show for the first time the "shocking and compelling invasive procedure used to freeze her", which has been performed only on around 150 people, The Guardian explains.

It should come as no surprise that the moderately-titled Death in the Deep Freeze was shot by indie production outfit Zig Zag which will in August point its cameras at the UK's first "Masturbate-a-thon". Executive producer Jes Wilkins enthused: "We're really very proud of what we have achieved with this programme - the human and emotional journey we captured with one contributor in particular, filming prior to her death and the subsequent process of her preservation, in conjunction with the amazing scientific and ethical questions raised by this subject, makes for one of our most challenging and fascinating productions to date."

Death in the Deep Freeze will hit UK screens at the end of the month as part of Channel Five's "Stranger than Fiction" strand. Industry rumours that Zig Zag is currently filming a "thought-provoking" documentary on the organ harvesting of condemned Chinese prisoners - showing the "emotional journey" of one net user, caught with his trousers down perusing the Masturbate-a-thon website, from courtroom to autopsy slab - are unconfirmed. ®

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