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Saturday 4th April 2020

Contagion is on TV tonight – and people are FURIOUS amid coronavirus fears

ITV2 have decided to air the movie Contagion tonight (March 26) at 9pm.

As the real world struggles to deal with the devastating coronavirus pandemic, the questionable film choice has raised a lot of eyebrows...

Contagion will air on ITV2 tonight (Credit: Warner Bros)

What is the Contagion movie about?

Steven Soderbergh's 2011 movie Contagion tells the story of a deadly pig and bat-borne virus that starts off in China.

American Beth Emhoff contracts the disease after shaking hands with a chef in a Macau casino.

Once her stay in China is over, she flies back to America and unknowingly becomes a super spreader – even giving it to her son Clark.

They both die from the disease.

Beth's husband Mitch contracts the deadly virus too but soon realises he is immune and is put into quarantine.

As the disease spreads at an unmanageable rate across the globe, killing millions, health officials race to find a vaccine.

Once they are able to create one, numbers are limited and are distributed by a birth date lottery.

When riots break out, the scientists begin to distribute placebo vaccines.

What's the reaction to Contagion airing on ITV?

There has been a huge backlash at the decision to air Contagion while the world battles the coronavirus outbreak.

Many have been taking to Twitter to criticise ITV and have urged the broadcaster to reconsider its film choice.

One wrote: "@ITV think it’s really stupid and completely insensitive you are airing #Contagion on @itv2 tonight."

Another then added: "What joker at ITV thought it was a good idea to have the film Contagion on tonight? #covid19UK."

Moments later, a third tweeted: "ITV 2 tonight the film at 9pm is Contagion...wtf are they thinking? #itv #CoronavirusLockdownUK #covid19UK."

A fourth wrote: "Might want to cancel Contagion on itv2 tonight. Odd choice."

Despite the outrage from many Brits, some encouraged others to watch the movie when it airs given the haunting comparisons between what happens in the film and what is going on in the world right now.

"Contagion is coming on tonight at 9pm on itv 2 . You all need to watch it , it’s basically about a pandemic , very similar to Whats going on now," one Twitter user commented.

Who is in the cast of Contagion?

Contagion has an impressive all star including Gwyneth Paltrow (Beth Emhoff), Matt Damon (Mitch Emhoff), Laurence Fishburne (Dr Ellis Cheever), Marion Cotillard (Dr. Leonora Orantes) and Jude Law (Alan Krumwiede).

Kate Winslet also stars as Erin Mears and Bryan Cranston plays Rear Admiral Lyle Haggerty.

Gwyneth made a reference to her role in the film last month on Instagram.
After posting a picture of herself wearing a protective facemark, she wrote: "En route to Paris.
"Paranoid? Prudent? Panicked? Placid? Pandemic? Propaganda? Paltrow’s just going to go ahead and sleep with this thing on the plane.
"I’ve already been in this movie. Stay safe. Don’t shake hands. Wash hands frequently."