+ intro to Ep 3 by Waris Hussein and actor Claire Bloom
A chance for you to see the UK’s first – hugely influential – TV drama series to tackle the Aids crisis.
Central TV 1987
Director Waris Hussein
With Claire Bloom, Daniel Massey, Sylvia Syms, Mark Kingston, Maggie Steed
Eps 1-4 (Total runtime 208min + interval)
Known for his sensitivity and love of working with actors, Hussein was a natural choice to direct the UK’s first TV drama series to tackle the Aids crisis. When the series was made the disease was in full force but little understood. In choosing to focus the drama on the impact of Aids on one particular middle-class family, screenwriter Alma Cullen helped to humanise the condition and address the ignorance surrounding it.