Reality TV has certainly dabbled in ancient embalming practices before — Paula Abdul immediately springs to mind — but never, to my knowledge, has it been taken quite to these extremes. A terminally ill man with a longheld fascination for Egyptian burial rites donated his body to a documentary series about mummification on Britain's Channel 4.

The result, Mummifying Alan, is set to air on October 24, and will chronicle the handiwork of a team of scientists familiar with the techniques of the ancient embalmers who worked on King Tutankhamun.

A Channel 4 spokesman said: ‘Using a secret and complex blend of ingredients and processes, embalmers managed to stop decomposition almost entirely.'

Next up: Veneering Lindsay!

[Daily Mail, image via Shutterstock]