A FILM about the campaign to expose the thalidomide scandal is being screened in Bradford.

In 1968, a team of investigative journalists at the Sunday Times, led by Sir Harry Evans, began a probe which is today regarded as one of the great achievements of 20th century journalism.

Now their groundbreaking investigation is told in a film, Attacking the Devil, which includes testimony from thalidomide survivors.

Throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s thousands of expectant mothers took thalidomide, a defective morning sickness remedy, which attacked the nervous system of unborn children. Many were stillborn and the survivors were born with severe physical or mental disabilities, or both.

Then editor of the Northern Echo, Harry Evans was one of the first journalists to ask how such a drug ended up on the market and why no compensation was forthcoming.

When he was appointed editor of the Sunday Times he assembled a team of investigative journalists and mounted a campaign to expose the truth behind the thalidomide scandal and seek justice for its victims.

Attacking The Devil is directed and produced by Jacqui Morris and David Morris, the team behind 2012’s BAFTA-nominated McCullin, a biographical film about seminal photojournalist Don McCullin.

The film will be screened at Picturehouse at the National Media Museum on Tuesday at 6pm.