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Series cast summary:
Jennifer Calvert ...  Jess 1 episode, 2006
Anthony Green ...  Nick 1 episode, 2006
Sandra Dickinson ...  Janey 1 episode, 2006
James Carroll Jordan ...  John 1 episode, 2006
William Hope ...  Kim 1 episode, 2006
David Baukham David Baukham ...  Paul 1 episode, 2006
Vincenzo Pellegrino Vincenzo Pellegrino ...  Alan 1 episode, 2006
Madeleine Bowyer ...  Rachel 1 episode, 2006
Sam Douglas Sam Douglas ...  Fraser 1 episode, 2006
Bradley Lavelle ...  Oil Man 1 episode, 2006
Brendan Barry Brendan Barry 1 episode, 2004
Andrew Bicknell 1 episode, 2004
Sally Bretton ...  Dr. Sally 1 episode, 2004
David Cann David Cann ...  Professor Casper 1 episode, 2004
Juliet Cowan 1 episode, 2004
Keeley Forsyth Keeley Forsyth ...  Molly Weaver 1 episode, 2004
Mat Fraser ...  Timothy Charlton 1 episode, 2004
Regina Freedman Regina Freedman 1 episode, 2004
Susan Greenfield Susan Greenfield ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Melanie Harris 1 episode, 2004
Steve Jones Steve Jones ...  Himself 1 episode, 2004
Oona King Oona King ...  Herself 1 episode, 2004
Alex Lowe Alex Lowe 1 episode, 2004
Tony Osoba ...  Consultant 1 episode, 2004
Sunetra Sarker 1 episode, 2004
Sean Spence 1 episode, 2004
Richard Standing Richard Standing ...  George Weaver 1 episode, 2004
Juliet Stevenson 1 episode, 2004
John Vine John Vine ...  Bill McAllister 1 episode, 2004
Shannon Wake Shannon Wake ...  Poppy 1 episode, 2004
Nila Aalia ...  Dr. Sternberg 1 episode, 2005
Dylan Charles Dylan Charles ...  James Roundle 1 episode, 2005
Gregg Chillin ...  Mickey 1 episode, 2005
Bronwen Davies Bronwen Davies ...  Carrie Lucas 1 episode, 2005
Juliet Ellis ...  Emma Parker 1 episode, 2005
Sasha Finn Sasha Finn ...  Josie 1 episode, 2005
Tim Frances ...  The Commisioner 1 episode, 2005
Christopher Fulford ...  Jack Rydal 1 episode, 2005
Joe Gunn Joe Gunn ...  Billy Alton 1 episode, 2005
Kevin Howarth ...  Daniel Kandinski 1 episode, 2005
Togo Igawa ...  Dr. Kajiya 1 episode, 2005
Emmanuel Ighodaro ...  Jason 1 episode, 2005
Richard Leaf ...  Marc Pavel 1 episode, 2005
Simon Lowe ...  Carl 1 episode, 2005
Elizabeth McKechnie ...  Katherine Ledger 1 episode, 2005
Daniela Nardini 1 episode, 2005
Patrick O'Kane 1 episode, 2005
Saskia Reeves ...  Mary Alton 1 episode, 2005
Blake Ritson ...  Ben Swales 1 episode, 2005
Katie Sheridan ...  Lizzie Alton 1 episode, 2005
Anna Southgate ...  Cloe 1 episode, 2005
Mark Thomas Mark Thomas ...  Dr. Harry Stephens 1 episode, 2005
Danielle Walters ...  Tanya 1 episode, 2005


By 2020, Britain is in the grip of an obesity epidemic. The consequences of diabetes, cancers and heart disease mean the NHS are finding it hard to cope. New rules are about to force hospitals to refuse treatment from their fattest patients... Written by cd

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10 March 2004 (UK) See more »

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Hackney, London, England, UK


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If This Is The Best The BBC Can Do...
29 April 2004 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

... Maybe they should employ better producers

Anyone remember the shocking docu-drama THREADS from 20 years ago . This dealt with a nuclear holocaust in the near future . Words fail to explain the nightmares I had after seeing that . So I was expecting this speculative docu-drama series to be along a similar line . Unfortunately the scenarios were insipid to say the least

IF - THE LIGHTS GO OUT used the scenario of the national grid failing and Britain being electricity free for a few days . Big deal . It`ll keep my bill down each quarter so every cloud has a silver lining

IF - THINGS DON`T GET BETTER . This deals with the growing gap between rich and poor with the rich cutting themselves off from the crime ridden areas of the inner cities and a Prime Minister trying to bridge the gap between the classes . It`s never pointed out that the reason for spiraling crime is mainly down to bleeding heart politicians letting scumbags out of jail into society where they rob , rape and maim decent folk . If I had the money I`d move somewhere crime free . Oh and seeing house prices are so high who the hell can afford to live in one of these places anyway

IF - WE DON`T STOP EATING . According to this show the NHS will stop treating fat people . Strange but I was talking to a nurse at a Greenpeace convention ( That`s the only reason I joined Greenpeace . You get to meet some really fit girls ! ) who told me even if someone turns up completely drunk , smoking a ciggie with entirely self inflicted wounds at a casualty department , they will still get treated by NHS staff no matter what . Considering I stayed up all night at the convention drinking heavily and chain smoking that was nice to know , especially when I`m 5 foot 8 inches and weigh about 155 pounds

IF - WOMAN RULED THE WORLD . An American female president tries to end the war on terror through dialogue . Obviously based on Dr Mo Mowlam who signed the Irish good Friday agreement and brought the troubles to an end . Two points however , firstly Mowlam had little to do with the agreement which was brought about by the previous John Major government and secondly what`s being a woman got to do with anything ? Patronizing crap if you ask me . Oh and let`s not forget Mrs Thatcher , Indria Ghandi and Golda Meir

IF - THE GENERATIONS FALL OUT . According to this in the future the younger generation will become so angry about paying so much tax to keep the pensioners in a life of luxury they`ll turn militant . Ah hold on according to an earlier episode we`ll all be dying at a young age because we`re so over-weight so how come there`s so many pensioners ? And who`s heard of a pensioner in Britain living in the lap of luxury ?

So there you go several speculative docu-dramas that had this slim chain-smoking critical free thinking ex-Greenpeace member wondering what all the fuss was about . To be honest the only thing I`m worried about is since I`m a FORMER member of Greenpeace where on earth am I going to meet some really fit girls in the future ?

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