December 2019, mathematician Hannah Fry presented the Royal Institution
Christmas Lectures entitled "Secrets and Lies: The Hidden Power of
Maths"... and, once again, her uncanny powers of prescience came to the
and the Peacock Feather. Part One:
The Spooky Coincidence.
2018, the UK carried out a simulation exercise to "predict the impact
of the next pandemic more accurately than ever before." It was billed
as "the biggest science experiment of its kind powered by citizens,"
and they called it: "THE BBC PANDEMIC."
experiment was commissioned by BBC4, and took the form of a TV
documentary called "Contagion! The BBC Four Pandemic". First broadcast
on 22nd March 2018, and fronted by the trusted and well recognised
mathematician Hannah Fry, the publicity for the programme says that
Hannah "masterminds the experiment, and adopts the role of PATIENT ZERO
by walking the streets of Haslemere in Surrey to launch the
is a small market town in the South of England, and it featured heavily
in the documentary as the place the virus was first seeded. The
contagion then spread around the UK via a Smart Phone App downloaded by
"volunteers" around the UK.
forward to February 2020, and in a "spooky coincidence", Haslemere hit
the headlines as the location of the UK's Patient Zero for COVID-19...
video explores the fictional “Haslemere Outbreak” of the 2018 BBC
pandemic simulation exercise, and its uncanny parallels with the
unfolding of the COVID narrative in 2020.