We all know the amazing things that the NHS does on a daily basis, but this moving ensemble drama, based on testimony from staff and patients, serves as a reminder of what it took for Aneurin Bevan to set up the Health Service back in 1948 and how it still provides vital care 70 years on.
A stunning cast, including Michael Sheen, Eve Myles, Michelle Collins, Martin Freeman, Sian Phillips and Celia Imrie, play surgeons, nurses, porters, cleaners and patients, all speaking to camera as they recount their experience of working for or being treated by the NHS, what it means to them and what the future might hold for it.
‘To tell the story of the NHS was a wonderful opportunity,’ says TV and film star Michael Sheen, 49, who plays a porter (none of the characters are named).
‘I wanted to help celebrate this important public service, its hard-working staff and the fact that it’s there for people in their hour of need,’ he adds.
A thought-provoking watch.
Please note this programme airs at 6.45pm in N Ireland.
TV Times rating: ****