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Title: Panorama – The Plutonium Business
File Name: plutonium.avi
Channel Transmitted: BBC1
Date: Monday, 10 August 1992
Category: Documentary / Educational
Size: 363 MB (371,712 Kb / 380,633,088 bytes)
Running Time: 0:39:19.22
Format: .avi 560 x 448
Data Rate: 1117 kbps
Video Codec: XviD (XviD 1.0.3)
Video Info: 25 fps 1277 Kbits/sec
Audio Codec: MPEG-1
Audio Bit Rate: 160 kbps
Audio Info: 48kHz PCM Stereo
About The Series:
Panorama is the longest-running current affairs documentary series in the world. Launched on 11 November 1953 on BBC Television, it focuses on investigative journalism. Daily Mail reporter Pat Murphy was the original presenter, only lasting one episode after accidentally broadcasting a technical mishap. Max Robertson then took over for a year. Originally the programme was more of a magazine format and included arts features. Richard Dimbleby took over in 1955 and presented it during the late 1950s and 1960s. His son, David Dimbleby, went on to present the programme in later years. Other past presenters include: Sir Robin Day, Sir Ludovic Kennedy and Sir Charles Wheeler. The programme is currently presented by Jeremy Vine.
About The Episode:
Britain is about to become (1992) a major player in the trade in plutonium. The programme raises the question of whether there is any need to move enormous quantities of plutonium, which is both the most toxic substance known to man and the raw material for nuclear weapons, around the world. The risk may be too great.
PLUTONIUM has an image problem; the safer it is the more dangerous it looks. If, for instance, you were to tune in to a documentary and see two squaddies chucking cardboard boxes of the stuff off the back of a lorry you would have genuine cause for anxiety but would probably find it a bit more difficult to get worked up - the visual language simply wouldn't convey the urgency of the situation. On the other hand, when every image is redolent of extreme caution, you start to get a bit uneasy.
Viewed through three feet of toughened glass or quivering beneath a pool of eerily lit water the stuff looks vaguely hazardous, in a sci-fi manner. But it's when you see how they test the casks it is transported in that you realise those in the know are decidedly nervous themselves. Never mind that all of these are elaborate precautions against leakage, a contrary message seeps through - it's so poisonous that we don't even dare look it in the face.
Documentary makers like to boost this up a bit with a fitting piece of music. In the shooting script for last night's Panorama (BBC 1) it was actually described as 'SFX weird music' but weird really wasn't the message. You weren't meant to think 'isn't plutonium strange and scientific', you were meant to think 'it might get out of its cage and kill me.'
Similarly the appetite of television documentaries for categoric facts can cause problems for the unwary - or the honest. 'You can't rule out the possibility of a terrorist attack, can you?' asked John Taylor. 'Of course not,' replied Ken Jackson of British Nuclear Fuels, a merely sensible response that was converted by the odd alchemy of the probing interview into a virtual agreement that balaclava-clad guerrillas would be swarming over the next shipment out.
Taylor's report on the start of shipments of plutonium from Sellafield to Tokyo was on much more solid ground when he moved away from the thriller plots and on to the economics. Plutonium is a commodity which it was once assumed would be the foundation stone of the nuclear industry but which has become something of an embarrassment as country after country closed down their fast- breeder reactor programmes and the Cold War defrosted. Now, as one witness put it vividly, 'We've got plutonium coming out of our ears' (inadvisable, according to current medical theory).
As a result, Panorama suggested, Thorp, the £2 billion plant set up to reprocess spent fuel and produce plutonium, might be redundant before it had even gone into operation. Faced with facts about the market rather than doomy speculations Jackson looked less comfortable; he responded to suggestions that many of his customers were thinking again about sending fuel for reprocessing with the uneasy body language of a man who has just realised that it might be difficult to ship Tower Bridge back to Texas but doesn't want to admit he's made a mistake.
Production Company: BBC
Producer: FLOOD-PAGE, Mike
Editor: BENSON, Glenwyn
Reporter: TAYLOR, John
Comments from Systemq:
Stage One: VHSRip (composite video, PAL_B) using ION VCR2PC saved as MPEG-4 AVI file
Stage Two: VHS editing with Pinnacle Studio Plus 11, edited media saved as large AVI file (Full Screen DV, 720 x 576, 28800 kbps, 25fps) – approx 10.5Gb
Stage Three: Large AVI file (10.5Gb) reduced in size with Ashampoo Movie Shrink & Burn 3, media saved as MPEG-4 AVI file (reducing 10.5Gb to 376Mb – 70% Compression – 528 x 400, 895 kbps, 25 fps)
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