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Spanish Flu: The Forgotten Fallen

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Drama 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, Manchester's medical health officer for thirty years, and his heroic efforts to combat a second wave of fatal influenza as it spreads across the city and the UK. Show less

Contributors

Dr James Niven:
Bill Paterson
Ernest Dunks:
Mark Gatiss
Sir Arthur Newsholme:
Paul Freeman
MJ O'Donnell:
Kenneth Cranham
Peggy Lytton:
Charlotte Riley
Elsa Kershaw:
Olwen May
Sam Lytton:
Jamie Spencer
Stanford:
Ian Mercer
Mrs Houlston:
Kate Ambler
Lord Mayor:
John Branwell
Mortician:
Will Tacey
Journalist:
Gerard Fletcher
Superintendent:
Martin Oldfield
Constable:
John Draycott
Producer:
Susan Horth
Director:
Justin Hardy

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