Intimate Contact

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Intimate Contact is a 1987 British television drama starring Daniel Massey, Claire Bloom, David Phelan and Abigail Cruttenden, which deals with the issue of the HIV/AIDS virus. Written by Alma Cullen and directed by Waris Hussein, the series was produced for Central Television, and aired on the ITV network in three hour-long episodes in March 1987. In the United States, it was later shown in two 90-minute episodes on the HBO channel.[1] Massey and Bloom were both nominated in the Best Actor categories at the 1989 CableACE Awards. Massey subsequently won the accolade.

Plot summary[edit]

Daniel Massey stars as Clive Gregory, a businessman who contracts AIDS during a business trip to New York, where he has sex with a prostitute. The disease is diagnosed 18 months after the trip when he is hospitalized with viral pneumonia. Clive's wife, Ruth (played by Bloom) is devastated by the news, and as the nature of Clive's condition becomes public knowledge the Gregorys face hostility and ignorance from friends, colleagues and those in the local community. As Clive's health deteriorates, Ruth campaigns for AIDS awareness. Clive also meets other people whose lives have been affected by HIV and AIDS.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and Nominations
Award Category Nominee Result
1989 CableACE Awards Actor in a Dramatic or Theatrical Special Daniel Massey Won
Actress in a Dramatic or Theatrical Special Claire Bloom Nominated


  1. ^ O'Connor, John J. (6 October 1987). "TV Reviews; 'Intimate Contact,' Devastation of AIDS". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 21 September 2013.

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