A new television miniseries will explore Canada’s tainted blood scandal, which infected thousands of Canadians some 30 years ago.
The new eight-part series called “Unspeakable” will dive into the spike in HIV and hepatitis C caused by contaminated and inadequately screened blood. The series’ showrunner is Robert C. Cooper, who was one of the scandal’s victims.
“This is a story I wish I didn’t know but I do and I know it well,” he told CBC. “This is something that weighs heavily on me and is very important to get right and respect all the people who died and suffered and had lived through this.”
Cooper says he was “cured” of his afflictions only three years ago. The series is based off two books: Bad Blood” by Vic Parsons and “The Gift of Death” by Andre Picard.
The scandal is considered to be one of the largest preventable medical disasters in the country’s history. It lead to the Royal Commission of Inquiry on the Blood System in Canada and billions of dollars in claims.
“This is a story of a broken system,” Cooper continued. “The story is so big. We’re struggling with trying to get it all in to eight hours.”
Production on “Unspeakable” will begin in Spring 2018 with help from SundanceTV and the CBC.
“There will never be another story that I can tell that will be as important to me as this one,” Cooper concluded.