This series meets the team whose job it is to retrieve life-saving human tissue from the deceased and the extraordinary process of recycling to the living.

A touching documentary series following the young tissue donation team and staff at NHS Blood and Transplant’s human tissue bank in Liverpool. This series meets the dedicated team whose job it is to retrieve life-saving tissue from the deceased and reveals the extraordinary process from death to the recycling of human tissue in the living.


NHSBT’s Tissue Services in Liverpool is the largest retrieval and storage facility of human tissue in the UK. From poignant telephone calls with the recently bereaved to the challenging tissue donations carried out by the retrieval team, this is an opportunity to enter this never-before-seen world. As the team travel across the nation day and night, we share their intimate reflections on the meaning of life and death and discover how they cope psychologically with the challenges and emotional demands of the job

Away from the medical process of the retrievals, we meet some of the many young tissue recipients as their lives are transformed through the generosity of donors. From those nearly blinded by disease, teenagers whose young lives have been put on hold and young children facing life and death situations, this is the unseen, intimate and fascinating world of tissue donation.

A True Stories Production for BBC3

What the Papers Say!

The Guardian – “Insightful and stirring stuff plus weighty reflections on life”.
The Sunday Times – “Informative and touching”. “An excellent series”.
The Sun – “Fascinating”.
Daily Express – “Thoughtful and uncompromising. We saw an unusual side to the exchange of human body parts, beginning with the tentative calls by nurses to the bereaved within hours of a loved one dying”.
Daily Mail – “If this show has worked, potential donors will be signing up in droves today”.

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