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A single mother is prescribed a controversial anti-depressant called Distral and quickly becomes dependant, but discovers that giving up the drug causes terrible side-effects. Unable to ... See full summary »






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Series cast summary:
Steven Mackintosh ...  Stuart Collins 3 episodes, 2001
Christine Tremarco Christine Tremarco ...  Lorraine Landry 3 episodes, 2001
Bill Paterson ...  Angus Tighe 3 episodes, 2001
Anton Lesser ...  Paul Valley 3 episodes, 2001
Dearbhla Molloy ...  Dorothy Collins 3 episodes, 2001
James Bowers James Bowers ...  Andy 3 episodes, 2001
Sian Reeves ...  Pauline 3 episodes, 2001
Kate Fenwick Kate Fenwick ...  Claire Danvers 3 episodes, 2001
Heather Cameron-McLintock Heather Cameron-McLintock ...  Amy Landry 3 episodes, 2001
Jennifer Hennessy ...  Jenny Lawler 3 episodes, 2001
Fleur Irving Fleur Irving ...  Amber 3 episodes, 2001
Simon Gregor Simon Gregor ...  Barry Sumner 3 episodes, 2001
Jan Harvey ...  T. Palmer 3 episodes, 2001
Robert Swann Robert Swann ...  Dr. Charles Bourne 3 episodes, 2001
Clare Louise Hearndon Clare Louise Hearndon ...  Stella 3 episodes, 2001
Terence Harvey ...  David Cooper 3 episodes, 2001
Abigail McKern Abigail McKern ...  Liz Valley 3 episodes, 2001
Anthony Howell ...  Dr. Stokes 3 episodes, 2001
Claire Skinner ...  Gail Collins 2 episodes, 2001
Rosalind March Rosalind March ...  Oncologist 2 episodes, 2001
Dominic Rowan ...  Dan Stockman 2 episodes, 2001
Craig Stokes Craig Stokes ...  Journalist 2 episodes, 2001
Jenna Stevens Jenna Stevens ...  Nurse 2 episodes, 2001
Michael Cochrane ...  Solicitor 2 episodes, 2001
Simon Quarterman ...  Monitoring Staff / ... 2 episodes, 2001


A single mother is prescribed a controversial anti-depressant called Distral and quickly becomes dependant, but discovers that giving up the drug causes terrible side-effects. Unable to find support for her plight, she mounts a personal crusade against the pharmaceutical company who produce the pills. Meanwhile, a cynical marketing executive for the company has been trying to suppress all bad publicity and promote Distral as a wonder-product, but as he watches his sister suffer from terminal cancer, he begins to question his own ethics. Written by Phythian

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5 November 2001 (UK) See more »

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Surprisingly good acting and a scary story.
26 January 2005 | by wombat_1See all my reviews

Lorraine is suffering from depression and is given a new anti-depressant, which works OK. But then she "thinks" she's become addicted to it, so she stops, and experiences some terrible side-effects. But are they from the drug, are they from stopping the drug, or are they from her depression? And now she is in a dreadful quandary. To stop taking the drug, or to continue? And what does the drug manufacturer really know of these things? As in so many British shows, this movie seems a lot more "dirty" than what would a Hollywood version. It seems that British TV uniformly would have us believe that life in Britain is much more gross than a similar life elsewhere. Although having said that, the acting was first rate, despite the no-name cast. In fact I thought Christine Tremarco did such a good job that I was unable to manufacture any interest at all for the other characters, sad though most of them were.

I ended up feeling a lot of sympathy for Lorraine's character, as she struggled valiantly and to a large extent hopelessly against forces so much greater than her. The most powerful of these of course was her terrible illness.

I wonder how people who suffer like Lorraine would react to this movie. I suspect that they would strongly relate to her, but would they watch or would they not be able to bear to?

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