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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Meagher ...
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Jimmy Kemp
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Mr. Kemp (as David Brierley)
Rita May ...
Mrs. Kemp
Nicholas Lane ...
Michael Kemp
Jane Hazlegrove ...
Alison Kemp
Henry Moxon ...
Mr. Beckett
June Broughton ...
Mrs. Beckett
Sylvia Stoker ...
Granny Beckett
Harry Beety ...
Clive Sutton
Ruth Holden ...
Marjorie Sutton
Ashley Barker ...
Bob
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Chief Supt. Hirst
Phil Rose ...
Medical Officer
Steve Halliwell ...
Information Officer
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Documentary style account of a nuclear holocaust and its effect on the working class city of Sheffield, England; and the eventual long running effects of nuclear war on civilization. Written by Leisha Sibley

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The closest you'll ever want to come to nuclear war. See more »

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23 September 1984 (UK)  »

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According to the films end credits, Carl Sagan was one of the consultants used during production. See more »

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Despite having been born and grown up in the primitive post-war "society", Ruth's daughter Jane has a tooth filling. She also has pierced ears (the piercings have been filled with wax but are still obvious). See more »

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Narrator: In an urban society, everything connects. Each person's needs are fed by the skills of many others. Our lives are woven together in a fabric. But the connections that make society strong also make it vulnerable.
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Johnny B. Goode
Written by Chuck Berry
Performed by Chuck Berry
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Mother Do You Think They`ll Drop The Bomb ?
10 February 2002 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Nothing on television has disturbed me as much as THREADS, There is so much to shock the viewer in this docu-drama that it`s difficult to pick the most disturbing aspect of this nuclear holocaust scenario , but if pushed I`d say it`s the ending of the rule of law. The thought of having my throat cut for a packet of cheese and onion crisps is more frightening than the lack of medical facilities , famine , radiation sickness or mutant babies.

The reason THREADS wins over its rivals for the crown of " Nuclear Holocaust King " is its depiction of The Nuclear Winter , though it`s done rather unsuccessfully by sticking a dark filter over the camera , but at least it`s mentioned in depth unlike the awful THE DAY AFTER , and unlike TDA we`re shown the months and years after the war where the survivors have to cope without an ozone layer or a coherent language. These survivors are truly the unlucky ones. The final scene is so distressing it doesn`t need words

Of course it hasn`t happened , the cold war is over and for that the human race must be truly greatful but as a teenager in the 1980`s nuclear holocaust didn`t only seem possible - it seemed probable . And if it looked like the bomb was going to drop I`d be having a last supper involving lots of vodka and sleeping pills. A cowards way out perhaps but as THREADS shows they won`t be giving out medals after the third world war


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