The Hot Zone is a six-part drama series based on Richard Preston’s best-selling non-fiction book about unpleasant diseases; specifically, an incident when an Ebola-like virus was found in America. It stars Unpopcult royalty and proper Big TV star Julianna Margulies, and there’s a decent supporting cast as well: Noah Emmerich, James D’Arcy, Topher Grace, Robert Sean Leonard, and Grace Gummer, among others.
I can’t decide whether to watch or not: on the one hand the reviews were pretty good when it was shown in America, and it’s undoubtedly an interesting topic. On the other, I tend to skip articles about medical crises – antibiotic-resistant bacteria, fast-spreading haemorrhagic viruses, and so on – because it all strikes me as a frighteningly plausible way in which human life might end, if we don’t overheat first. And, as our CJ sniffed, the shower scenes in The Hot Zone are unlikely to be particularly sexy (Tuesday 10 September, National Geographic, 9pm).