Threads - 2 of 2 (1984 - BBC Nuclear War Drama).mpg (Size: 1.10 GB) (Files: 2)
Threads - 2 of 2 (1984 - BBC Nuclear War Drama).mpg
Threads - 1 of 2 (1984 BBC Nuclear War Drama).mpg
Threads is a 1984 BBC television play set in the city of Sheffield in Yorkshire,, depicting the effects of a nuclear war and its aftermath on the United Kingdom. Written by Barry Hines and directed by Mick Jackson, Threads was filmed in late 1983 and early 1984. The premise of Threads was to hypothesise the effects of a nuclear war on the United Kingdom after an exchange between the Soviet Union and the United States escalates to include the UK. The primary plot centers on two families: the Kemps and the Becketts -- as an international crisis erupts and escalates. As NATO and the UK prepare for war, the members of each family deal with their own personal crises. Meanwhile, a secondary plot centered upon Clive J. Sutton, the Chief Executive of the City of Sheffield serves to illustrate for the viewer the UK Government's then-current continuity of government arrangements. As open warfare between NATO and the USSR-led Warsaw Pact begins, the harrowing details of the characters' struggle to survive the attacks is depicted melodramatically. The balance of the film details the fate of each family as the characters face the medical, economic, social, and environmental consequences of a nuclear war. Both the plot and the atmosphere of the play are extremely bleak.