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The First New Heart.
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2007 - Wall To Wall Media.

Director - Patrick Reams.

Rupert Graves - Doctor Christiaan Barnard.
Review / Synopsis.

Also knows as To Be First and Beating Death.

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.

He carried out the operation in total secrecy and no other surgical operation before or since has provoked such publicity and acclaim, nor aroused such condemnation and controversy.

Drawing on extensive original research, The First New Heart is a landmark factual drama that tells this remarkable story, capturing the twists and turns of the race between rivals to be the first to successfully undertake the world's first heart transplant.

Rupert Graves (V For Vendetta & Spooks) stars as Christiaan Barnard.

The First New Heart is also available as Beating Death, a factual version hosted by Dr Mehmet Oz, one of the world's leading heart-transplant doctors and regular guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

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