Events of last year taught us how precious our NHS is – but what was life like for those on the front lines? this global health crisis?

A new documentary by Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald (Touching The Void, The Last King of Scotland) tells the story of the coronavirus in the UK through the experiences of critical care professionals and patients

2020: The Story of Us is a moving portrait of the challenges the pandemic posed for people across the UK, from NHS staff to those who contracted the virus

But what time is it and what can we expect? Here is everything you need to know

Director Kevin Macdonald was given exclusive access to intensive care units across the country to learn about staff and patient experiences during this unprecedented period in history

The film tells the story of the first virus wave in January 2020, during the entire lockdown period and until the height of the crisis He paints a vivid portrait of NHS staff such as Dr Shondipond Laha and Professor Hugh Montgomery

When we listen to their testimony, we learn the pressures NHS staff are under, how difficult it is to fight and understand a new disease, and how difficult it is to keep seriously ill patients alive

The powerful documentary also tells the stories of patients who survived the virus, such as bus driver Matthew Richards and child writer Michael Rosen who spent 47 days in intensive care, their ICU experiences and their own mortality

It also examines the ongoing challenges that adapt to the long-term consequences of the virus and ICU stay

The 90-minute film also includes footage captured by NHS staff themselves on their cell phones, offering a unique glimpse into the reality of life on the NHS frontline

Emma Jones, a specialist in newly applied dental sedation, notes that her experience of dealing with the pandemic triggers painful personal memories of her mother’s death

She says, “We lost a patient last night and I think he hit me the hardest of all

“His wife and two young sons could come on the unit and be with him, and I just can’t get it – I just can’t get the look on their faces out of my head”They looked so scared. They looked so scared because they knew – they knew what was coming

“And they looked lost and they looked scared and I recognize this feeling I recognize this face I lost my mother twelve years ago She was in intensive care and I was with her I remember that I was only on that I looked at monitors and saw them jump and then nothing more ”

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Viewers also learn that Professor Montgomery lost his 17-year-old son Oscar over the course of the year, but not because of Covid-19

We note that the intensive care doctor lives apart from his family to protect them from the virus, but that despite government orders to stay home, people are picnicking in parks

“I have no idea if they are stupid, ignorant, indifferent, and selfish,” he says

ITV controller of the factual Jo Clinton Davis said, “This ambitious film promises a remarkable perspective on the pandemic – especially through the unique lens of Kevin Macdonald

“This is going to be a really profound and deeply human portrait of medical professionals and patients in real time as the events unfolded”

Michael Rosen

Weltnachrichten – GB – Everything you need to know about 2020: The Story of Us, the powerful new ITV documentary