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Thalidomide - The Fifty Year Fight

Documentary telling the story of a father's battle for justice against one of the UK's largest corporations, and how a fight for compensation saw an attempt to silence the press.

Documentary telling the little known story of a father's battle for justice against one of the UK's largest corporations.

In the 1960s, the Thalidomide scandal shocked the world and devastated families. Some victims were left to die, while others were shut away from the world. The fight for compensation saw the government and drug-company silence the press, forcing campaigners to use covert and sometimes illegal ways of keeping their battle in the public eye.

Fifty years on from the tragedy, victims, their families and those intimately involved in the campaign, talk about their ten year battle through the courts and how society has treated them through the years.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 30 May 2014 00:20

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes



  • Nicola Benedetti

    Spiefel Im Spiegel

  • Christoph von Dohnányi

    Concerto for Orchestra

  • Ludovico Einaudi

    Time Lapse

  • Paul Corley


  • Roxy Music

    Love is the Drug

  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

    Wooden Ships

  • Ludovico Einaudi


  • Air

    Alone in Kyoto

  • Evelyn Glennie


  • Ludovico



Role Contributor
Producer Stuart Strickson
Director Stuart Strickson
Executive Producer Stuart Prebble