Shawn Doyle Stars in UNSPEAKABLE

Posted: January 4, 2019

There's always plenty of "action" in Shawn Doyle's world! Over the last eight years the award winning and wonderful Labrador born star of stage and screen (both big and small) has given us plenty to celebrate here on SEA AND BE SCENE.  When we last caught up with Mr. Doyle for a truly extended edition of SEA AND BE SCENE...And HEARD last February (click here to stream/download) our primary focus was his gripping drama BELLEVUE and his powerful role on FRONTIER.

Amidst those and so many more highlights from his stellar career that we discussed during the interview - he announced he'd just joined the cast of a powerful new show called UNSPEAKABLE.  It was early days in pre-production then, but now we're just days away from the series premiere here in Canada.

Based on the Canadian Tainted Blood Scandal, UNSPEAKABLE chronicles the decades long saga of two families impacted by one of the biggest medical disasters in our country's history - broadcast on CBC in Canada and SundanceTV in the U.S., with AMC Studios managing worldwide distribution outside of Canada.

Shawn plays Ben Landry - An astute and opinionated journalist who isn’t afraid to express his point of view. However, he isn’t quite as good at articulating his feelings. His greatest strength is his perseverance and ability to write down what he often cannot bring himself to say.

When the series begins it is 2015 and Ben is 73 years old and speaking about the Tainted Blood tragedy and the book, he wrote about it. We then flashback to 1968 and show Ben and his wife being told their newborn son, Peter, has hemophilia. Ben is later devastated when the family learns that Peter has contracted HIV at the age of 15 from the blood products he takes. Worse, Peter’s infection could have been prevented. Ben is consumed by guilt. As a journalist it was his job to get to the truth and he feels like he failed. Over time, Ben becomes estranged from his son and his relationship with his wife Alice grows increasingly strained. Ben finally finds a purpose in telling his family’s story and the stories of other victims but his obsession with revenge against those responsible ultimately threatens to undo him completely.

Created by Robert C. Cooper (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis), who also serves as showrunner and executive producer, the project is produced by Cooper's Mezo Entertainment and was filmed in Vancouver in the winter of 2018. Based on first-person experience and two non-fiction books, Bad Blood by Vic Parsons and The Gift of Death 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. The series is a passion project for Cooper, who himself was a victim, having contracted Hepatitis C from tainted blood.

UNSPEAKABLE premieres January 9th on CBC - SundanceTV has yet to announce it's premiere date but we'll keep you posted. SABS

Keep up with UNSPEAKABLE on line cbc.ca/unspeakable on Twitter @UnspeakableCBC and on Facebook Unspeakable CBC

While you're here be sure to check these previously posted videos and features on Shawn Doyle... Shawn Doyle Returns to the Stage in THE ORANGE DOTShawn Doyle Stars in BELLEVUEFRONTIER On Set Special, AWAY FROM EVERYWHERE, NL's SHAWN DOYLE To Star in BELLEVUE, Catch Shawn Doyle in THE EXPANSE, SABS Happy Birthday "HI 5", ONES TO WATCH 2015, THE EXPANSE, HOUSE OF CARDS ET. AL., SHAWN DOYLE Finds Himself in FARGO, SHAWN DOYLE News - THE DISAPPEARED & More..., SHAWN DOYLE Gets REIGNed IN, SHAWN DOYLE Joins the Cast of LIZZIE BORDEN, THE DISAPPEARED Held Over, What Happens in VEGAS and More, SHAWN DOYLE 1 Week Brings 2 BIG Awards, FRIDAY FAVOURITE FOUR #FFFSHAWN DOYLE Pre-Premiere Chat (video) and Shawn Doyle on 'The Disappeared Et. Al (video) his INsights IN 10 (video) and his Cool People Profile, plus "John A. & Beyond Busy" and "On the 'Set' of THE DISAPPEARED"

Follow Shawn on Instagram @shawnydoyle and on Twitter @Shawndoyle

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