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Credited cast:
Bill McGuire ...
Himself - Benfield Greig Hazard Research Centre, UCL (as Prof. Bill McGuire)
Jay Melosh ...
Himself - University of Arizona Lunar & Planetary Laboratory (as Prof. Jay Melosh)
John Oxford ...
Himself - University of London (as Prof. John Oxford)
Frank Close ...
Himself - Oxford University (as Prof. Frank Close)
Himself - Manchester University (as Dr. Brian Cox)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Andrews ...
Dead Man
Glenn Conroy ...
Dr. Howell
Craig Court ...
Allan Edwards ...
German Dad (as Allan Edwards)
Yvonne Edwards ...
German Mum
Zoe Elliott ...
Virus Woman
Steven Gomez ...
David Riley ...
Newsreader (voice)
Alun Taylor ...


An exploration into the various ways in which, within the circumstances of one day, civilisation could be brought to an abrupt end..

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21 April 2005 (UK)  »

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As the taxi pulls away from the hotel at the start of the second scenario, a movie theatre can be seen across the road with the sign over the entrance reading "Now Showing Groundhog Day" an obvious reference between the similarities to the storyline of Groundhog Day (1993) and the docudrama's filming style. See more »


In the "virus" story the plane supposedly lands at JFK. However, the airbridges are all very clearly marked "Berlin-Tegel". See more »

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Could Have And Should Have Been More Pessimistic
28 July 2010 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

This is a BBC docudrama featuring several scenarios that could herald the end of civilisation as we know it . The premise sees a scientist involved with particle acceleration waking up and catching a plane to a conference in New York only to have his travel plans disrupted because of several different scenarios

1 ) A volcanic eruption in the Atlantic causes a massive tsunami to hit the Esatern seaboard of America killing millions

2 ) A series of explosions in the Middle East aren't the work of terrorists but are in fact fragments of an approaching meteor that crashes in to Berlin killing millions

3 ) A passenger arriving from the Far East is found dead at Heathrow airport , the first victim in Britain of a virus that will eventually decimate continents

4 ) A supervolcano erupts at Yellowstone park throwing thousands of tons of soot and ash in to the atmosphere leading to a " volcanic winter "

5 ) The particle acceleration experiment goes ahead leading to the creation of a black hole that will eventually destroy the planet

It's interesting in hindsight that one scenario , the one involving a particle accelerator has been and gone with no bad consequence to humanity where an experiment took place with the Haldron Collider in Switzerland in March 2010 which is something the programme pointed out . There's always a fear of the unknown where science is concerned and science always gets a bad rap since it tells humanity things they don't want to hear such as God is not only dead but he never existed in the first place . Likewise bad things happen such as viruses , earthquakes and meteors that can destroy whole species but science will probably never evolve enough to defeat these forces of nature

Certainly it's a thought provoking docudrama but perhaps pulls it punches a little too much . None of the scenarios apart from the speculation of the particle accelerator leads to what scientists describe as an " extinction event " where mankind dies out overnight . It's within the realms of possibility that a extinction event of any kind could happen within our lifetimes however remote this might be but didn't seem hammered home enough

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