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Channel 5 to air “Limbless Mountaineer” doc

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has set an April 4 premiere date for The Limbless Mountaineer, a documentary about quadruple amputee-climber Jamie Andrew (pictured) and his attempt to summit Europe's Matterhorn mountain.
March 23, 2014

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has set an April 4 premiere date for The Limbless Mountaineer, a documentary about quadruple amputee-climber Jamie Andrew (pictured) and his attempt to summit Europe’s Matterhorn mountain.

Produced by Channel 5′s in-house prodco 5Production, the doc – which was two years in the making – follows Scottish mountaineer Andrew, who lost his hands and feet to frostbite while getting caught in a blizzard in the French Alps in 1999. With the help of physiotherapy and prosthetics, Andrew returned to climbing and now plans to ascend the Matterhorn, where more than 1,200 rescues are made every year.

“The Matterhorn is actually just the wrong kind of climbing for me,” said Andrew in a statement. “As it is, I have to stumble from rock to rock, balancing as best I can, lunging with my arms to stop myself teetering back on my prosthetic legs. It’s back-breaking work.

“But if there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s that bravery is not always about taking tough challenges, but about taking tough decisions. Hopefully I have done my part to push back the boundaries of what disabled people can achieve.”

The doc will air on Channel 5 on April 4 at 9 p.m. GMT.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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