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Dirty War (2004)

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A terrorist group detonates a radiological dispersal device (RDD) in Central London. Due to a lack of preparation, training, and resources, chaos ensues.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gavin Abbott ... Bomb Incident Officer 2
Joanne Adams ... Control Officer 1
Shamshad Akhtar ... Falzah
Dean Ashton ... RSM Officer
... Commander Paul Hardwick
Kameal Nisha Bisnauthsingh ... Razla
Louise Breckon-Richards ... DC Vicky Loman
... Press Officer
Josh Cole ... Control Officer 2
Zoe Conway ... TV Reporter - Liz Street
... Female Doctor
Craig Crosbie ... Radiation Expert
Fuman Dar ... Mohammed Ibn Harrara
... Liz Corrigan
Tony Dolan ... Lead TSG Officer
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After years of meticulous planning, a terrorist operation is reaching its final stages. The authorities have received no intelligence; they are in a race against time but don't yet know it. As the operation unfolds, we see the working lives of men and women directly affected by terrorism. Among them: a firemen worried about the increasingly dangerous conditions he and his men are expected to work under; the head of the anti-terrorist branch whose responsibility it is to protect London and a female Muslim detective brought into Scotland Yard to investigate another suspected terrorist cell. But it is too late to stop the attack. Outside Liverpool Street station suicide bombers detonate a large radiological dispersal device (RDD). The explosive blast kills scores of commuters and sends a cloud of smoke containing radioactive debris high into the morning sky. For the police, a desperate struggle to find and stop secondary attacks begins. For the fire service, the difficult and dangerous ... Written by kjwilliams1079

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On a quiet street the men next door are going about their business. The business of nuclear terrorism. See more »

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Thriller | Drama

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BBC [UK] | HBO [United States]

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24 January 2005 (USA)  »

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Brudna wojna  »

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£2,500,000 (estimated)
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Everything you ever wanted to know about the "dirty bomb"
24 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

The BBC and HBO teamed up to create "Dirty War", a 90 minute TV movie about a terrorist "dirty bomb" attack in London. The film gets down to business quickly as it packs both the terrorist and the government anti-terrorist efforts into the film leaving little room for human interest subplots. On the terrorist side we follow the bomb from the smuggling of radioactive materials to assembly to deployment to detonation. On the government side we see PR and training exercises, intelligence gathering and analysis, interdiction, post-detonation response, and follow up. The film also imparts a sense of how Al-Qa'ida type terrorist cells are organized, the radical Islamic terrorist mentality, and terrorist strategies. A sort of anatomy of a "dirty bomb" incident, "Dirty War" will answer many questions lurking in the minds of a public becoming ever more aware of this insidious threat. (B)


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