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The Search for a Miracle Cure

  • Season 1

Summary

Mark Lewis, one of Britain's leading lawyers, may have taken on one of the world's most powerful media moguls, but can he do the same with multiple sclerosis?

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Episode 1: The Search for a Miracle Cure

Summary

Documentary following leading lawyer Mark Lewis, the man who fought the News of the World in the phone hacking scandal, as he joins a clinical trial that might offer a breakthrough cure for multiple sclerosis. He learned he had the condition at the age of 25 but his high-profile battle with the tabloids has exacerbated his symptoms. Now 50, he travels to Hadassah University Medical Centre in Jerusalem, where the work being done could have a positive impact on neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Review

Nobody knows the cause of multiple sclerosis. It is a (so far) incurable condition that attacks the brain’s neural pathways and results in a slow paralysis. High-profile lawyer Mark Lewis has had the disease for nearly 30 years and is gradually losing control over his right leg and right arm. “I’m f***ing well going to beat it,” he says, deploying the kind of bloody-mindedness that drove his campaign representing victims of phone hacking.

In this film, we follow him as he visits a hospital in Jerusalem for experimental stem cell treatment that has delivered dramatic improvements for some patients. It’s a tense, revealing portrait of the toll the illness takes – and the teasing possibility of a cure.

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DirectorDavid Modell
Executive producerLaurence Turnbull

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  • Episode 1

    The Search for a Miracle Cure

    Summary

    Documentary following leading lawyer Mark Lewis, the man who fought the News of the World in the phone hacking scandal, as he joins a clinical trial that might offer a breakthrough cure for multiple sclerosis. He learned he had the condition at the age of 25 but his high-profile battle with the tabloids has exacerbated his symptoms. Now 50, he travels to Hadassah University Medical Centre in Jerusalem, where the work being done could have a positive impact on neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

    Review

    Nobody knows the cause of multiple sclerosis. It is a (so far) incurable condition that attacks the brain’s neural pathways and results in a slow paralysis. High-profile lawyer Mark Lewis has had the disease for nearly 30 years and is gradually losing control over his right leg and right arm. “I’m f***ing well going to beat it,” he says, deploying the kind of bloody-mindedness that drove his campaign representing victims of phone hacking.

    In this film, we follow him as he visits a hospital in Jerusalem for experimental stem cell treatment that has delivered dramatic improvements for some patients. It’s a tense, revealing portrait of the toll the illness takes – and the teasing possibility of a cure.

    Details

    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorDavid Modell
    Executive producerLaurence Turnbull
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