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The NHS: To Provide All People

A film poem by Owen Sheers, marking the birth of the NHS 70 years ago, which charts a day in the life of a present-day regional hospital.

To mark the 70th anniversary of the birth of the NHS, acclaimed poet Owen Sheers takes us on a journey that weaves the extraordinary story of the birthing of Nye Bevan's vision of free healthcare for all people with personal stories of the NHS in British society today.

Based on scores of interviews with NHS workers - ranging from brain surgeons to cleaners - The NHS: To Provide All People charts the emotional and philosophical map of what defines the NHS and the personal experiences at the heart of the service, and recognises its achievements and the challenges it faces.

From first breath to last breath, the film poem journeys through the joy, pain, triumph and loss that unites us all in our experiences of health and sickness, birth and death, regardless of race, gender or wealth.

Featuring a stellar cast, including Michael Sheen, Eve Myles, Martin Freeman, Sian Phillips, Jonathan Pryce, Celia Imrie, Meera Syal, Susan Wokoma, Michelle Fairley, Rhashan Stone, Michelle Collins and Tamsin Greig.

59 minutes

Last on

Sat 30 Jun 2018 20:00

Credits

Role Contributor
Director Pip Broughton
Producer Adrian Bate
Production Company Vox Pictures
Writer Owen Sheers
Participant Michael Sheen
Participant Eve Myles
Participant Mali Jenkins
Participant Aimee-Ffion Edwards
Participant George MacKay
Participant Nia Roberts
Participant Leighton Edwards
Participant Lolita Chakrabarti
Participant Martin Freeman
Participant Jonathan Pryce
Participant Tamsin Greig
Participant Susan Wokoma
Participant Siân Phillips
Participant Michelle Fairley
Participant Shelley Rees
Participant Rhashan Stone
Participant Nikki Amuka-Bird
Participant Memet Ali Alabora
Participant Elysia Welch
Participant Michelle Collins
Participant Arsher Ali
Participant Pinar Ogun
Participant Suzanne Packer
Participant Meera Syal
Participant Garyn Williams
Participant Lesley Manville
Participant Celia Imrie
Participant Nasser Memarzia

Broadcasts

  • Thu 28 Jun 2018 21:00
  • Sat 30 Jun 2018 18:45
  • Sat 30 Jun 2018 20:00

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