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Greenlit: Bizarre Burials, Channel 5

Bizarre Burials (1 x 60′) – A documentary that looks at the weird and wonderful ways that people choose to conduct their final goodbye, from aeroplane coffins to ashes being tattooed onto loved ones. And as well as meeting the people who are planning these bizarre burials for themselves, we meet the businesses whose job it is to make it happen.

There’s the Nottingham based bespoke coffin specialists, ‘Crazy Coffins’ who will take on any request, no matter how strange. In the ‘Gods of Ink’ tattoo studio in Worcestershire, another couple have made a business out of helping people to leave the most indelible mark; tattoos of loved one’s ‘cremains’ on their bodies.

As well as the people who make the dead’s dreams a reality, allow us to introduce those planning their own bizarre burials. Malcolm Brocklehurst has pre-planned his funeral to the letter with a bright orange aeroplane homage to his favourite football club and a self-penned cremation song, Fry me, burn me, toast me tonight. We follow Malcolm and his gobsmacked friends and family as they rehearse his final event.

And there are a whole host of other strange send offs including ceremonies with Citreon 2CV hearses and the ultimate footie fan’s funeral in full team attire.

Channel: Channel 5

Producer: Back2bak

TX:10th January 2013

Source: Channel 5 press release


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