• Entry type: Resource
  • Entry ID: AWH002484

Penicillin : The Magic Bullet

  • Repository National Film and Sound Archive
  • Reference 701263
  • Date Range 2005 - 2006
  • Description

    As World War Two rages, a small team of scientists at Oxford University, led by Australian Howard Florey, make one of the greatest discoveries in the history of medicine: penicillin. As news of their funny yellow powder leaks out to the press, wartime Britain looked for a hero. Instead of Florey and the Oxford team, they choose someone else to shower with honours, Alexander Fleming, How it happened is a fascinating story of wartime scarcity, personal conflicts, and a sobering lesson in the damage done to truth by wartime propaganda. There is documentation associated with the production of the television documentary held in the NFSA collection.

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