TORONTO — Robert C. Cooper still isn’t comfortable talking about the difficult period in his life when he contracted hepatitis C from tainted blood products in the 1980s.
But the Toronto-based television creator, who needed transfusions to treat his hemophilia, also realizes viewers will be interested in his unique perspective as he debuts his new miniseries about that very subject matter.
Premiering Wednesday on CBC TV, “Unspeakable” is a dramatization of the tragedy in which contaminated blood and blood products infected thousands of Canadian patients with HIV. Many thousands more were infected with hepatitis. Four doctors, the Canadian Red Cross Society and an American drug company were criminally charged.