C5 extends organ donor season

Broadcast Now UK | Matthew Campelli

Channel 5 has ordered an organ transplant documentary series from True North as part of its campaign to encourage people to register to be donors.

Gift of Life, a co-production with GroupM Entertainment, will follow the journeys of patients in need of life-saving transplants at Newcastle upon Tyne’s Institute of Transplantation, Freeman Hospital.

Over a period of six months, the 3 x 60-minute series will focus on patients as they for organs to become available before their window for the surgery closes forever.

Among the patients that will be followed are six-year-old Ella who suffers from a congenital heart defect and Holly, 22, who suffers with cystic fibrosis.

Ricardo Pollack, who series produced BBC2’s Great Ormond Street, will executive produce the series for True North. It was ordered by C5’s factual commissioner Guy Davies.

The series forms part of the broadcaster’s campaign around organ donorship, which also includes Daisybeck Studios’ Body Donors, revealed by director of television Ben Frow at the Edinburgh International Television Festival.

Davies said Gift of Life was a “beautifully produced and inspiring insight into the stories of patients and their families who face organ transplantation”.

“If anyone can convince people to sign up to the organ register, it’s the contributors of this emotional series,” he added. Continue reading