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Spanish Flu - the Forgotten Fallen Video

Bill Paterson, Mark Gatiss, Charlotte Riley and Kenneth Cranham star in Hardy Pictures’ latest medical drama, written by Peter Harness, illuminating one doctor’s pioneering efforts to protect the people of Manchester from the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic.

Set against the background of the Armistice in November 1918, as millions of exhausted soldiers return home from the Great War, the film tells the little known story of Dr James Niven (Bill Paterson), Manchester’s Medical Officer of Health for thirty years, and his heroic efforts to combat a second wave of fatal influenza as it spreads across the city of Manchester and the UK.

Facing resistance from both the city and his fellow medical officials, Dr Niven, statistician Ernest Dunks, (Mark Gatiss) and their secretary Peggy Lytton (Charlotte Riley), struggle to understand the evolving virus; to communicate the urgent need for action to the establishment and the media; and to pull together scarce resources to alleviate its impact on the poorest in society.

And as they battle against complacency, inertia and red tape, the gravity of the unfolding crisis hits home when Peggy’s family start to succumb to the virus.

Inspired by Dr Niven’s own accounts and documented facts, and seamlessly integrating original archive footage from the last deadly flu pandemic, the film pays a rare tribute to the estimated 70 million forgotten fallen who died from Spanish Influenza. 

Spanish Flu - the Forgotten Fallen Video

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