TV reporter to seek God in real-life crucifixion

The Scottish TV presenter and journalist Dominik Diamond is considering undergoing physical crucifixion as part of a controversial television documentary about Christianity.

Diamond, once a committed Christian, will try to rediscover his faith in a journey from Scotland, via the Vatican and Italy, to the Philippines, where Christians celebrate Easter by re-enacting Christ’s ordeal on the Cross.

Diamond said; “I’m in my mid-30s, I’ve got three kids and it’s about time I did something that didn’t involve cheap gags. You might as well aim high so I thought I’d try to find God.”

The documentary, Crucify Me, is being made for the Five channel by Ginger TV, part of the Glasgow-based Scottish Media Group.

Five’s director of programmes, Dan Chambers, was in Glasgow last night to unveil several new commissions filmed in Scotland.

The network is also filming a documentary about the school shootings at Dunblane. It will be presented by Will Hanrahan, who covered the story at the time.

Investigative reporter Donal Macintyre is making a documentary about the Northern Ireland Loyalist terrorist Jonny Adair, who now lives in Scotland.

Mr Chambers said Crucify Me and Dunblane: A Decade On “would highlight the depth and diversity of our factual line-up and make for compelling viewing”.

Other programmes revealed by Five in Glasgow last night include The Real Rain Man, based on the story of Kim Peek, the inspiration behind the film Rain Man, and The Woman Who Lost 30 Stone, which follows the transformation of an American who spent eight years weighing 45 stones.

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The Scotsman, UK
Feb. 17, 2006
Fergus Sheppard

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