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4 Extra Debut. A microbiologist is observing Thailand's handling of a bird flu outbreak, when a devastating strain emerges. Stars Ben Daniels.

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.

45 minutes

Last on

Sun 9 Oct 2016 00:00

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Dr Jan Roldanus Ben Daniels
Kanya Sasapin Siriwanij
Dr Ahmai Pawit Mahasarinand
Minister Laksan Danai Thiangdham
Sumi Jaturachai Srichanwanpen
Writer John Dryden
Director John Dryden
Producer John Dryden


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