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Aids: The Unheard Tapes

  • 2022
  • Season 1
  • 3 episodes
  • History
  • Documentary and factual

Summary

Innovative series featuring interviews recorded at the height of the Aids crisis in 80s and 90s Britain, lip-synced by actors, telling the story of HIV and Aids in their own words.

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Episode 2: The Aids Generation

Summary

A look at how the government educated the nation about Aids amid rising rates of infection, with dedicated hospital wards providing a haven, but deaths continued increasing in the gay community. The stories of men including Jeremy, John, Martyn and Tony recorded at the time bring these experiences to life, with their words lip-synced by actors, giving first-hand insight into how they tried to adapt to their lives as part of the `Aids generation' and struggled with the deaths of those they loved

Review

Part two of this excellent but upsetting series takes us back to the dark days of the mid- to late 1980s as fear, stigma and plain old homophobia swept the nation when HIV/Aids officially became an epidemic – taking thousands of lives.

The testimony of people who contracted the virus (audio-recorded back then and lip-synced by actors now) remains stark and powerful; as are the barrage of appalling tabloid headlines and clips from old TV shows struggling to inform about safer sex in blunt terms. Perhaps most affecting are the memories of the partners, nurses, doctors and “buddy” volunteers who helped loved ones and people in their care through terrible, deadly diseases.

How to watch

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There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming providers below.

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Details

Released on
2022-07-04
Languages
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Credits

Crew

rolename
NarratorRussell Tovey
Series directorMorgana Pugh
Series producerMorgana Pugh
DirectorMorgana Pugh
Executive producerLeanne Klein

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  • Summary

    A look at how the government educated the nation about Aids amid rising rates of infection, with dedicated hospital wards providing a haven, but deaths continued increasing in the gay community. The stories of men including Jeremy, John, Martyn and Tony recorded at the time bring these experiences to life, with their words lip-synced by actors, giving first-hand insight into how they tried to adapt to their lives as part of the `Aids generation' and struggled with the deaths of those they loved

    Review

    Part two of this excellent but upsetting series takes us back to the dark days of the mid- to late 1980s as fear, stigma and plain old homophobia swept the nation when HIV/Aids officially became an epidemic – taking thousands of lives.

    The testimony of people who contracted the virus (audio-recorded back then and lip-synced by actors now) remains stark and powerful; as are the barrage of appalling tabloid headlines and clips from old TV shows struggling to inform about safer sex in blunt terms. Perhaps most affecting are the memories of the partners, nurses, doctors and “buddy” volunteers who helped loved ones and people in their care through terrible, deadly diseases.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming providers below.

    Streaming

    We may earn commission from links on this page. Our editorial is always independent (learn more)

    Details

    Released on
    2022-07-04
    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    NarratorRussell Tovey
    Series directorMorgana Pugh
    Series producerMorgana Pugh
    DirectorMorgana Pugh
    Executive producerLeanne Klein

How to watch

Next showing

There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming providers below.

Streaming

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