Diamond's search for God could end in crucifixion

By Caitlin Pike

Journalist and presenter Dominik Diamond is considering being crucified as part of a journey to rediscover his faith.

Diamond’s personal journey is to be filmed by Ginger TV for a documentary on Five that will air in the autumn.

Crucify Me will follow Diamond as he struggles to find his spiritual identity.

Once a committed Christian, he claims recent world events and personal incidents have left him questioning his religious beliefs.

Diamond will travel from his native Scotland via Italy to the Philippines, where committed Christians celebrate Easter by re-enacting the crucifixion of Christ: "My religion was central to my life until five years ago, when a combination of public and private events made me question my beliefs. I’m hopeful that this journey will help resolve my crisis of faith," he said.

"I’ve been making a living in the media now for 15 years, I’m in my midthirties and I’ve got three kids. It’s about time I did something that didn’t involve cheap gags. So if you’re going to make the first serious programme you’ve ever done, you might as well aim high. So I thought I’d try to find God."

As part of the journey, Diamond will visit the Vatican and an austere Jesuit retreat in Italy and will ultimately decide whether his faith is restored enough to undertake the crucifixion ritual in the Philippines.

Diamond started his journalistic career writing for Smash Hits magazine in the early 1990s. He has since had shows on BBC Radio Five Live and presented Pick of the Week on Radio 4. He is a Daily Star columnist and will present the What The Papers Say awards this year.

Other documentaries to be aired on Five this year include Dunblane: A Decade On, due to be broadcast on 8 March. The film focuses on the 10th anniversary of the killing of 16 children and their teacher at the Dunblane Primary School by Thomas Hamilton.

The documentary features an exclusive interview with one of the teachers who gave evidence to the Cullen Inquiry into the shootings, but has never given an in-depth interview to the media before.

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