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Z for Zachariah (28 Feb. 1984)

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Based on a book of the same name, depicting events in a Welsh valley after a nuclear holocaust, in which almost everyone has dies, leaving just two families. Eventually just one girl and ... See full summary »



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Based on a book of the same name, depicting events in a Welsh valley after a nuclear holocaust, in which almost everyone has dies, leaving just two families. Eventually just one girl and one man are left, and the majority of the film is about how they cope with the situation and each other. Written by Andrew Hughes <>

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The last Adam and Eve
14 September 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is one of the last Plays for Today dramas made by the BBC as the strand ended in 1984. Z for Zacariah attracted more press attention as it featured Anthony Andrews then a hot property because of Brideshead Revisited.

Here you get to see rather more of Andrews because of his full frontal nudity. The film is set in a post apocalyptic future, rather a popular setting in the 1980s.

It is a dark tale which would could disturb Andrew's loyal fans. He plays John Loomis, a survivor of a nuclear war, ill with radiation wandering around the Welsh countryside in a nuclear protection suit where he comes across a young girl (Pippa Hinchley in her TV debut) who looks after him and nurses him back to health.

However as it becomes clear that there are only two of them, Loomis develops sexual desires for her and wants to control her. In a way its a young woman suddenly alone in the woods and in danger as Andrews turns nasty.

The plays is unsettling and Andrew's character rather unlikeable and it divided critics at the time. Its an adaptation of a book and numerous changes have been made, one being the setting moved from the US to the UK.

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