The Forgotten Fallen Spanish Flu (2009)

The cast of the Forgotten Fallen standing in a hospital ward

The cast of the Forgotten Fallen © BBC

A new BBC Four Drama

Production Company: Hardy Pictures, Hardy and Sons

Kent Locations: Kingsgate Bay

Starring Bill Paterson (Little Dorrit) and Charlotte Riley (Wuthering Heights) The Forgotten Fallen is a new drama about the efforts of a Manchurian Doctor to protect the city from the spread of the deadly influenza virus that gripped the UK in 1918.

Dr Niven and his team worked tirelessly to protect the welfare of the most vulnerable residents of the city, from the people living in the slums to the factory workers, fighting against complacency and ignorance of their fellow medical practitioners. In a race against time, the team tried to understand the ever-evolving virus as well as raise awareness of its potential to wreak havoc.

The Forgotten Fallen was inspired by the notes of Dr James Niven, Manchester’s Medical Officer of Health for 30 years and pays tribute to the 70 million people who died from the influenza virus across the world.

The production visited Kingsgate Bay in Thanet to film a dramatic scene as part of the drama.

Kingsgate Bay is known for its beautiful sandy beach and sea caves. Kingsgate Castle, built in the 1760′s for Lord Holland, overlooks the beach making Kingsgate Bay truly wonderful. Kingsgate Bay has been used before by Mr Selfridge Series 4 (2016), Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites (2015) and BBC Two drama Whistle and I’ll Come To You (2010).

The Forgotten Fallen was shown on BBC Four on Wednesday the 5th August 2009 at 9pm.


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