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4 Extra Debut. January 1969: Jill and David's fledgling union is tested when he contracts a new strain of Hong Kong flu. Stars Ronan Summers.

By Sarah Woods

A love story, about flu.

It's January 1969, the winter after the summer of love, and Jill and David's fledgling relationship is about to be put to test by the outbreak of Hong Kong Flu.

My Life with Flu has been produced in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. In five episodes it follows the story of Jill across five decades as she struggles with the highs and lows of life, love and viral infection. At the same time the story tracks the life of Hong Kong Flu – how, over 45 years, it has traversed the globe, evolved and is ultimately being superseded by new, more virulent strains, such as Swine Flu.

Using cutting edge science – of transmission, viral evolution and genetic predisposition – it tells the story of flu, and investigates the unique qualities of Jill's genome which make her a 'severe responder'. Paul Kellam, Virus Genomics team leader at the Sanger Institute worked closely with writer Sarah Woods to weave the science seamlessly into the story. The drama underlines the deep connection human beings have to the viruses that survive through us, and how illness can shape the course of our lives.

Jill.... Hannah Daniel
David.... Ronan Summers
John.... Liam Williams
Doctor.... John Norton
Protestor.... Eirlys Bellin
Narrator.... Eiry Thomas

Directed by James Robinson
A BBC Cymru/Wales Production

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Tue 8 Jan 2019 02:30

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Jill Hannah Daniel
David Ronan Summers
John Liam Williams
Doctor John Norton
Protestor Eirlys Bellin
Narrator Eiry Thomas
Writer Sarah Woods
Director James Robinson


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