I found myself a few months later sat in the BBC, helping develop stories and looking over the scripts and then a few weeks after that, we had started filming. It all happened so quickly, really!
I had a script and piece to say to the camera when I was about to meet my skull for the first time; I opened the door to the 3D printer and lost all my words - it was so weird! Suddenly, I came face to face (literally) with my own skull; my own mortality! And it really fascinated me (and weirded me out)!
I look at skulls for a living and suddenly, I was reading this skull in front of me and could see my own story . . . I could see past injuries, past operations and physical characteristics that make me who I am. Seeing that there was a bit of a special moment. My reaction on screen really was a genuine one - wait until Episode 5!
1. We have 206 bones in our bodies as adults but when we're born, this number is around 280.
Episode 4 of Secrets of Bones is tonight (Tuesday) on BBC4 at 8.30pm. There are six episodes in total. Ben is on Twitter as @Ben_Garrod and on Facebook too. And yes, I put the gorilla skull picture next to "What is it like to hold your own skull" as a joke !
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