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'Story of a broken system:' CBC miniseries to explore tainted blood scandal

'Story of a broken system:' CBC miniseries to explore tainted blood scandal
From CBC - July 29, 2017

It's been around 30 years since the country's tainted blood scandal infected thousands with HIV and Hepatitis C. Butonly now is Robert C. Cooper ready to tell his story.

Cooper contracted Hep C from tainted blood back in the 1980s and struggled with the disease for three decades. He was only "cured" three years ago. He has funnelledhis experiences into Unspeakable, an eight-part miniseries on the tainted blood scandal he's creating forCBC. The public broadcaster announced the show Saturday, which will also be shown in the U.S. on SundanceTV.

"This is a story I wish I did not know but I do and I know it well," he said. "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."

Around 2,000 Canadians were infected with HIV in the early 80s, while many thousands more got Hep C, including Cooper.

The scandalresulted in a federal inquiry and compensation for thousands of its victims.

'The story is so big'

Cooper, who will also act as showrunner and executive producer, is about halfway through writing the scripts. The show is based on his experiences and two non-fiction books about the crisis:Bad BloodandThe Gift of Death.

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