The First New Heart

Saturday 14 February 9:00pm on M4

On December 3 1967, in a small hospital in Cape Town, a charismatic surgeon called Christiaan Barnard shocked the world as well as his medical rivals, by cutting out the heart of a living man and replacing it with the heart of a young woman. Drawing on extensive original research, The First New Heart is a landmark factual drama, starring Rupert Graves, that tells the remarkable story of the race between rivals to be the first to successfully undertake the world’s first heart transplant.

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