Imagine having your body placed in an aluminium can to be kept in deep freeze storage for hundreds of years. It sounds nightmarish but not for the hundreds of people who are paying hand over fist to sign up for cryonic preservation in a bid to defy the final human frontier – death.
Freeze Me will be the ultimate investigation into this incredible phenomenon whereby people are trying to make something out of the realms of science fiction in to a reality.
We will discover how the patients are being prepared for preservation today and how scientists are predicting their frozen bodies will be resuscitated in the future.
For the first time ever TV cameras will be allowed to film a Cryopreservation operation and will be there to witness the complex freezing process. We will be working closely with an emergency response team, following their training procedures and being on hand when they are called in to freeze their next patient.
Investigating the possibility of this dream for eternal life, we will talk to those paying out thousands to be preserved, to the companies that are offering a chance of life after death and to the families of those who have chosen to be put on ice when they pass away. The programme will combine fascinating science with extreme and unusual human behaviour at the far edges of contemporary science and ethics.
We will meet the average Joes from all over the United States who, through life insurance, are signing up for this less than average process. They are among hundreds who have paid for their bodies ($150,000) or brains ($80,000) to be cryonically preserved in liquid nitrogen until some possible time in the future when technology may have evolved that will be able bring them back to life.
We will also film in the UK where there are over fifty people waiting to be packed in ice and flown over to America for cryopreservation when they die or ‘de-animate’.
We will talk to the scientists on the cutting edge of nanotechnology and leading organ transplant researchers who might hold the key to bringing frozen patients back from the apparent dead.
What medical processes will have to advance before the dream becomes a possibility? Are we getting any closer to creating an endless life span and if we ever succeed in defying nature what will be the repercussions?
Answering every question the public could want to know about Cryonics and making history by being the first documentary to film the entire preservation process; we will witness the cold reality of this stranger-than-fiction process.<