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Threads (TV)

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Original title
Threads (TV)
Year
Running time
110 min.
Country
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Director
Screenwriter
Barry Hines
Cinematography
Andrew Dunn, Paul Morris
Cast
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Producer
Co-production UK-Australia-USA; British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) / Nine Network Australia / Western-World Television Inc.
Genre
Sci-Fi. Drama. War | Mockumentary. Nuclear Holocaust. Post-apocalyptic Future. Survival Film. TV Movie
Synopsis / Plot
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 centres 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 Sheffield City Council 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 dramatically depicted. 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.
Awards
1984: BAFTA Awards: Best Single Drama and Film Editor. 5 Nominations
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