From a media release:
CBC and SundanceTV have greenlit a new eight-part drama miniseriesÂ UNSPEAKABLE focused on the tainted blood scandal in Canada in the early 1980s. Created by Robert C. Cooper (Dirk Gentlyâ€™s Holistic Detective Agency, Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis), who will also serve as showrunner and executive producer, the project is produced by Cooper’s Mezo Entertainment and will be filmed in Canada in early 2018 for broadcast on CBC in Canada and SundanceTV in the U.S., with AMC Studios managing worldwide distribution outside of Canada.
Based on first-person experience and two non-fiction books,Â Bad BloodÂ by Vic Parsons andÂ The Gift of DeathÂ by Andre Picard, UNSPEAKABLE chronicles the emergence of HIV and Hepatitis C in Canada in the early 1980s and the tragedy that resulted after thousands of people were unnecessarily infected by tainted blood. One of the largest medical disasters in Canadian history, the blood scandal triggered a federal inquiry and precedent-setting lawsuit resulting in billions of dollars of compensation to victims.Â The series isÂ a passion project for Cooper, who himself was a victim, havingÂ contracted Hepatitis C from tainted blood.
A CBC and SundanceTV original series, UNSPEAKABLEÂ is produced by Mezo Entertainment, with Cooper and Meridian Artists’ Glenn Cockburn serving as executive producers. Cooper isÂ currently showrunning season two of â€œDirk Gentlyâ€™s Holistic Detective Agencyâ€ for BBC America, Netflix and AMC Studios.