Independent factual production company Barcroft Studios today announced that UK broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned a new documentary film that follows the story of a US Marine who underwent a ground-breaking bilateral arm transplant.
‘The Man With Another Man’s Arms’ (1 x 60’) features the remarkable story of US Marine Sergeant John Peck who, in 2010, lost both his arms and legs whilst serving in Afghanistan. Dissatisfied with his prosthetics, and determined to regain his independence, John put himself forward for ground-breaking surgery. After an arduous five month wait, a donor was found and John underwent a bilateral arm transplant.
The 16-hour surgery was just the beginning of John’s journey – over the months that ensued he faced a battle to re-learn how to use his donor arms and re-train his brain to interpret ‘sensation’, something that his prosthetics couldn’t offer.
It’s been three years since his surgery, with a regime of intensive physiotherapy and daily milestones to overcome, from brushing his teeth, doing his hair through to driving a car – John has made remarkable progress.
But now, John faces his biggest challenge yet – the risk that his body will reject his new arms.
Guy Davies commissioned the film for Channel 5. Executive producers are Peter Wyles and Lizzie Wingham for Barcroft Studios. ‘The Man With Another Man’s Arms’ is filmed and directed by Richie Carr.
ITVS GE has distribution rights for the film for the World outside the UK.
“John is an amazing character who has had to deal with a huge life changing event while serving his country. He suffered horrific injuries, dealt with unique surgery and then embarked on a long road to recovery. John welcomed us into his world and provided amazing access to allow us to produce a moving and intimate film. He is a truly inspirational individual and it has been a real privilege for us to tell his incredible story,” said Peter Wyles, Director of Programmes at Barcroft Studios.
Barcroft Studios is heading to MIPTV with a recently announced slate of programming including critically acclaimed Channel 4 film ‘Sleeping with the Far Right’ and new hit digital series including ‘Too Fat to Dance’, ‘Homes on the Edge’, Love Don’t Judge and ‘Sickest Eats’.