Im­mor­tal Life of Hen­ri­etta Lacks

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drama / 9.00pm / Sky At­lantic

In 1951, a poor to­bacco farmer changed the face of medicine for ever. Hen­ri­etta Lacks died of cer­vi­cal cancer when she was 31. Un­known to Hen­ri­etta, her can­cer­ous cells were taken for anal­y­sis and be­came one of the most im­por­tant tools in mod­ern medicine, cru­cial in the de­vel­op­ment of a po­lio vac­cine, cloning and IVF, among other things. Oprah Win­frey stars as Hen­ri­etta’s daugh­ter, Deb­o­rah, in this fea­ture-length drama about her fam­ily’s fight for the truth be­hind the har­vest­ing of her cells. Rose Byrne plays jour­nal­ist Re­becca Sk­loot, whose book first brought the story to pub­lic at­ten­tion.

‘I had to tell this woman’s story’: see page 19

Rose Byrne and Oprah Win­frey star

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