The Elephant Man's story told on Discovery Channel


September 29, 1997

What most people know of the "Elephant Man," Joseph Merrick, is derived from David Lynch's austere and haunting movie of his life starring John Hurt.

Now Hurt narrates "The True Story of the Elephant Man" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., Discovery Channel), a documentary about the Victorian-era victim of a disease that made his deformities a sideshow attraction before he was rescued by surgeon Frederick Treves.

The documentary will feature rare photos of Merrick and derives some of its information from Merrick's previously unreleased medical records and skeletal remains.

Pub Date: 9/29/97

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