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The Flu That Killed 50 Million

Christopher Eccleston narrates a docudrama about the 1918 flu pandemic, which killed more than 50 million people. Told using powerful personal testimony.

It is 1918 and the end of WWI. Millions have died, and the world is exhausted by war. But soon a new horror is sweeping the world, a terrifying virus that will kill more than fifty million people - the Spanish flu. Using dramatic reconstruction and eyewitness testimony from doctors, soldiers, civilians and politicians, this one-off special brings to life the onslaught of the disease, the horrors of those who lived through it and the efforts of the pioneering scientists desperately looking for the cure.

Narrated by Christopher Eccleston, the film also asks whether, a century later, the lessons learnt in 1918 might help us fight a future global flu pandemic.

59 minutes

Last on

Thu 26 Nov 2020 21:00

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

  • 00:22


    Release The Beast


Role Contributor
Narrator Christopher Eccleston
Executive Producer Richard Bright
Producer Andrew Thompson


  • Tue 25 Sep 2018 21:00
  • Tue 25 Sep 2018 23:15
  • Sun 30 Sep 2018 21:30
  • Mon 1 Oct 2018 23:45
  • Sat 13 Oct 2018 03:35
  • Tue 2 Jul 2019 23:15
  • Tue 11 Feb 2020 23:15
  • Tue 17 Mar 2020 00:15
  • Thu 26 Nov 2020 21:00

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