Preview – Epidemic: When Britain Fought Aids

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ltd/REX/Shutterstock (UK) Ltd/REX (130489a) 'Aids - Don't Die of Ignorance' - Government health warning poster AIDS HEALTH WARNING CAMPAIGN, BRITAIN - 1986 AIDS; HEALTH; WARNING; CAMPAIGN; BRITAIN; 1986; DON'T; DIE; IGNORANCE; GOVERNMENT; POSTER; Stock; Not-Personality; 2824954. Picture Publicist: Jamie Fry. Photographer: Ltd/REX/Shutterstock

Part of Channel 4’s “Fifty Shades of Gay” season, this one-off documentary deals with one of the most troublesome events in recent history, that affected people regardless of sexuality.

Of course, when Aids and HIV first came to people’s attention it was first reported that occurred in gay circles. This documentary, narrated by Julie Walters and featuring interviews with Paul O’Grady and Jean Paul Gaultier, as well as front-line doctors and activists, looks at how the UK tackled Aids at the height of the panic.

This programme looks at the strange alliances formed by gay rights groups, doctors and Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government, as well as the formation of possibly the scariest TV advert of all time: the Aids tombstone narrated by John Hurt.

Epidemic: When Britain Fought Aids is on Channel 4 at 22.00.