The Drug Trial: Emergency at the Hospital

The Drug Trial: Emergency at the Hospital


In 2006 eight men volunteered to take part in the so-called “first in man” trials of a drug aimed at combating leukaemia that had shown promising results in monkeys.

None of the little group was particularly worried; everything would be conducted in a proper medical environment. “What can go wrong?” one of them wondered.

Unfortunately, everything. Within minutes, six of the men (the two others had received a placebo) were taken ill and their conditions worsened to the point they were admitted to the intensive care unit of a nearby London hospital.

This tense, gripping drama documentary looks at possible reasons for the catastrophe, and talks to experts involved in their recovery and to a handful of the human guinea pigs themselves.


On Monday, March 13, 2006, eight healthy young men took part in a clinical trial of an experimental drug known as TGN1412. The drug was intended to treat leukaemia and had already been successfully tested on monkeys but never on humans. However, it went terribly wrong, leaving six of the volunteers fighting for their lives. This drama-documentary tells the story of one of the most infamous medical emergencies in recent British history.

Cast & Crew

David Philip Buck
Raste Nadim Khan
Volunteer 003 Arun Daniel
Volunteer 004 Leo Hunter
Ryan Joe Blakemore
Rob Jonathan Davenport
Daniel Bradford Anthony Shuster
Katrina Elizabeth Venezia
Dr Nicki Melissa Franklyn
Director Barbie MacLaurin
Executive Producer Dimitri Doganis
Executive Producer Richard Bond
Producer Barbie MacLaurin
Writer Barbie MacLaurin
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