Canada’s tainted blood scan­dal sub­ject of TV minis­eries

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

BEV­ERLY HILLS, Calif. — Sun­danceTV and the Cana­dian Broad­cast­ing Corp. are mak­ing a minis­eries about Canada’s 1980s tainted-blood scan­dal. The eight-part se­ries, ti­tled “Un­speak­able,’’ fol­lows the emer­gence of HIV and hepati­tis C in Canada and the thou­sands of in­fec­tions caused by con­tam­i­nated blood.

The TV project an­nounced Sat­ur­day is based on two books, “Bad Blood’’ by Vic Par­sons and “The Gift of Death’’ by An­dre Pi­card.

Con­sid­ered one of the largest pre­ventable med­i­cal dis­as­ters in Cana­dian his­tory, the con­tam­i­na­tion prompted a fed­eral in­quiry and bil­lions of dol­lars in claims.

Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Robert C. Cooper said in a state­ment that he was both thrilled and daunted to tell a story that af­fected so many. Sun­danceTV and CBC’s an­nounce­ment said the minis­eries is a pas­sion project for Cooper be­cause he was among the vic­tims, hav­ing con­tracted hepati­tis C from tainted blood.

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