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Contagion! review – an epidemic of tedium

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The pandemic modelling experiment recruited people from all over the country – but turned out to be an almost miraculously pedestrian production There are many things you could do as a trusted national institution to soothe the nation at this time of welling anxiety and internal strife. Add diazepam to the water supply. Deliver free cake and chips once a week to everyone old enough to understand the news. Add a box of kittens to every street corner. Put a John Lewis fallout shelter in every home (you know they’ll protect you). Crank up Vera Lynn again. So one could gaze with baleful, piteous eyes upon the BBC for its apparent decision to go in quite the opposite direction and give us a documentary called Contagion! (BBC Four), about the possibility of global pandemic. “Coulda reintroduced the potter’s wheel,” I thought, sadly. “Or videos of people digging out their blackheads, perhaps – I don’t know why, but there’s something about the sight of accumulated filth being extracted from a corrupted pore and setting a whole face to rights again that really appeals to me these days – but instead you did this. OK, then.”
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