Atomic TV

Over the years there have been some great (and some not so great) films and TV programmes made about the Cold War and Nuclear Weapons.

Below you will find a list of the ones we like.


War Book (Archers Mark / Sixteen Films) 2014

Drama in which civil servants take part in a regular role-playing game to practise their response to a nuclear explosion leading to all-out nuclear war.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b065ylyy


The Day After (Sunday Afternoon Films) 1983

A graphic, disturbing film about the effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085404/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


Britains Nuclear Secrets: Inside Sellafield (BBC) 2015

Lying on the remote northwest coast of England is one of the most secret places in the country – Sellafield, the most controversial nuclear facility in Britain. Now, for the first time, Sellafield are letting nuclear physicist Professor Jim Al-Khalili and the television cameras in, to discover the real story. Inside, Jim encounters some of the most dangerous substances on Earth, reveals the nature of radiation and even attempts to split the atom. He sees inside a nuclear reactor, glimpses one of the rarest elements in the world – radioactive plutonium – and even subjects living tissue to deadly radiation. Ultimately, the film reveals Britain’s attempts – past, present and future – to harness the almost limitless power of the atom.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b065x080


Threads  (BBC) 1984

Documentary style account of a nuclear holocaust and its effect on the working class city of Sheffield, England; and the eventual long term effects of nuclear war on civilization.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090163/


The War Game (BBC) 1965

The War Game is a fictional, worst-case-scenario docu-drama about nuclear war and its aftermath in and around a typical English city. Although it won an Oscar for Best Documentary, it is fiction. It was intended as an hour-long program to air on BBC 1, but it was deemed too intense and violent to broadcast. It went to theatrical distribution as a feature film instead. Low-budget and shot on location, it strives for and achieves convincing and unflinching realism.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059894/?ref_=nv_sr_1


 

Fail Safe (Columbia Pictures) 1964

American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it’s a mistake due to an electrical malfunction. Can all-out war be averted?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058083/?ref_=nv_sr_1


The Atomic Cafe (The Archives Project) 1982

Disturbing collection of 1940s and 1950s United States government issued propaganda films designed to reassure Americans that the atomic bomb was not a threat to their safety.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083590/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


 

Data Sourced from IMDB, Wikipedia and the BBC

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