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The Present

Afternoon Drama, Pandemic Episode 1 of 3

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 26 March 2012

Written by John Dryden.

Dr Jan Roldanus (Ben Daniels) a microbiologist and WHO advisor on infectious diseases, arrives in Bangkok to give a keynote lecture at a medical conference. Whilst there, he is invited to observe the local authority's handling of an outbreak of bird flu.

But when a new virulent strain, 'Red Eye', emerges - causing bleeding eyes followed by death - he finds himself trapped in Thailand, unable to fly home to his wife and son. As the virus spreads at a terrifying pace, his investigations lead him to one inescapable and terrible conclusion...

Other parts are played by Ellie Marleen, Ulli Schneider, Chanida Yasiri, Teerawat Mulvilai, Jarunun Phantachat, Ornanong Thaisriwong, Kosin Pomiam, Soontorn Meesri, Andrea Lowe and Marene Vanholk

Production Team:
Casting: Marilyn Johnson and Nadir Khan
Production Manager: Jarunan Phantachat
Sound Recordist: Ayush Ahuja
Sound Design: Steve Bond
Music: Sacha Putnam
Producer : Nadir Khan
Executive Producer: Gordon House

Recorded in Bangkok, Thailand

Producer/Director: John Dryden
A Goldhawk Production for BBC Radio 4.


Dr Jan Roldanus
Ben Daniels
Sasapin Siriwanij
Dr Ahmai
Pawit Mahasarinand
Minister Laksan
Danai Thiangdham
Jaturachai Srichanwanpen
John Dryden
John Dryden
John Dryden


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