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BBC4 greenlights “The Beauty of Anatomy”

Produced by Tern TV and hosted by scientist Adam Rutherford (pictured), the factual series will examine the relationship between anatomical discoveries and works of art that illustrate them.
August 6, 2014

UK net BBC4 has ordered the specialist factual series The Beauty of Anatomy (five x 30 minutes) from Belfast-based Tern TV.

Hosted by scientist Adam Rutherford (pictured), the series marks the indie producer’s fourth Beauty of… project. The Beauty of Anatomy will examine the relationship between anatomical discoveries and works of art that illustrate them.

Anatomists and artists featured in the series include Claudius Galen, Leonardo da Vinci, Andreas Vesalius, Rembrandt, the Hunter brothers as well as Doctor Henry Gray and Doctor Henry Carter, the authors of Grays Anatomy.

“The pioneers who mapped the body often made no distinction between science and art, and many centuries after they were made they show us the often hidden structure and workings of the body, and evoke feelings of wonder and revelation,” said Mark Bell, BBC4′s head of arts commissioning, in a statement. “Adam Rutherford offers a fascinating perspective on how art has played a significant role in the development of our scientific understanding.”

The series will be produced and directed by Michael Waterhouse and exec produced by Brendan Hughes and Harry Bell for Tern TV, along with BBC commissioning editor Greg Sanderson. It was financed by BBC Arts, BBC Worldwide and Northern Ireland Screen.

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