The Drug Trial: Emergency At The Hospital

1 x 60'
BBC 2, 2017

“A horrifyingly tense drama doc”
The Times

 

 
 

On Monday 13 March 2006, eight healthy young men took part in a clinical trial of an experimental drug known as TGN1412. The drug was intended to treat leukaemia and had already been successfully tested on monkeys but never on humans. It should have been a routine clinical trial but it soon spiralled into one of the most infamous medical emergencies in recent British history.

Within an hour of receiving the drug, six of the volunteers were fighting for their lives: “It was all manic, everything was happening all at once, they were vomiting, they were screaming in pain, people fainting.”

A decade on, this BBC Two drama documentary tells the story of what really happened during the trial, during the critical hours as medical staff fought to save the patients' lives, and through the aftermath as the authorities sought to understand what had happened.

 

 

Press

 

“Gripping film”
Daily Telegraph

“This queasily compelling documentary is more nail-biting than any hospital drama could be”
Saturday Times

“There would have been other ways for television to tackle the scandal but the writer-director Barbie MacLaurin perceived the power of pure narrative as most important…the acting looked far more real than in TV dramas “
The Times

“A case study in how to make a specialist factual story unfold like a thriller”
Broadcast Awards

 

 

 

 

Awards

 

Winner Feature of the Year, Medical Journalist Awards 2017

Winner Best Science and Technology Program, Rockie Awards, Banff World Media festival 2018

Nominated Best Science Documentary, Grierson Awards 2017

Nominated Best Documentary, Broadcast Awards 2018

Winner Make Up Design, RTS Craft Awards 2017

 

 

Credits

 

Production Company: Raw TV
Camera: Tom Hayward
Composer: Anne Nikitin
Film Editors: Duncan Hill, Gregor Lyon
Executive Producer: Richard Bond
Commissioning Editor: Tom McDonald
Writer/Director: Barbie MacLaurin

Production Company: Raw TV
Camera: Tom Hayward
Composer: Anne Nikitin
Film Editors: Duncan Hill, Gregor Lyon
Executive Producer: Richard Bond
Commissioning Editor: Tom McDonald
Writer/Director: Barbie MacLaurin