History in the UK is set to explore death and burial through the lens of a family-run business in Grave Trade from ITV Studios.
History, the joint venture between A+E Networks and BSkyB, has commissioned the six-part, one-hour episode series which is currently in production and scheduled to broadcast in the fall.
Grave Trade focuses on T Cribbs & Sons, one of the UK’s longest running funeral businesses. The series follows the inner workings of the family-run business as well as a team of archaeologists as they excavate bodies from Roman, Saxon, medieval and post-medieval sites from across the country. Each episode will have a theme that ties together the contemporary funeral directors and the archaeologists at work.
“We’re very excited about this commission as ITV Studios have found a really original way to tackle this sensitive subject matter, one that is rarely seen on television,” said Rachel Job, head of acquisitions and commissioning, History and Military History at A+E Networks UK. “Death is a hugely important and ritualistic part of any society and the archaeologists’ discoveries, contrasting with the busy contemporary funeral trade, will capture a revealing insight into how our perceptions of death have changed throughout history.”
This sounds FAB! Can’t wait.
Police ‘protect identity of the dead’ by covering headstones with bubblewrap as they exhume pauper’s grave
Detectives bizarrely wrapped more than 20 graves and headstones in bubble-wrap and tape at a cemetery to ‘protect the identities’ of the dead.
Police officers painstakingly covered each tombstone in plastic sheeting to spare any of those buried - most decades ago - from being identified.
The operation was carried out on Friday before detectives started exhuming the body of a man from a pauper’s grave…
I really loathe posting stories from the Daily Fail, but y’know, needs must and all!
Accidentally reblogged this to my username.tumblr.com blog, where I never post anything. D’oy!
Let’s try this again.
The digging up of a buried body is called exhumation, and is considered sacrilege by most cultures that bury their dead. However, there is often a number of…
(Source: deardeath.com, via theossuary)