A TELEVISION production company is on the lookout for a woman from Rhyl who hit headlines in 1999 after a popular soft drink supposedly turned her skin yellow.

Future Studios is making a documentary on Sunny Delight, once one of Britain’s best-selling soft drinks, and wants to speak to a woman who, aged four, was taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd after drinking too much of it.

The child was never named publicly, but was presented to Dr Duncan Cameron at the Bodelwyddan hospital in December 1999 after she had been drinking roughly 1.5 litres of Sunny Delight a day.


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Analysis found that her condition was caused by betacarotene, an additive which boosted the drink's orange colour and vitamin A content.

Now called SunnyD, the drink will be the subject of the upcoming documentary by Future Studios – anyone who can help is urged to email castings@futurenet.com.

Miles Overton, documentary producer at Future Studios, said: “We’re developing a documentary about Sunny Delight, charting its rise and fall.

“At Future Studios, we’re on the lookout for amazing stories, and Sunny Delight is something we wanted to do a documentary about for a while.

“I was posting around on Facebook groups in the area, on the off-chance that I could find the girl who drank so much that she temporarily turned yellow, until she stopped drinking it.

“I just thought it’d be absolutely incredible that, as part of the documentary, you could meet that girl.”

Future Studios are also known as the makers of Amazing Interiors on Netflix and ‘The Playboy Bunny Murder’ on ITV.

The documentary will take a serious yet nostalgic look at how Sunny Delight was marketed as a health product, exploring health and food in Britain and the impact of top-down decision making on regional communities.

The company would like to have a confidential phone call with the Rhyl woman, but said it would not take that as a sign of commitment to the documentary at that stage.