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After the Bomb: Threads


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Ludovic Kennedy introduces the fourth of five programmes to mark the 40th anniversary of the atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Tonight: "Threads"
The story of a nuclear attack by Barry Hines.
starring Karen Meagher as Ruth Beckett and Reece Dinsdale as Jimmy Kemp
It's a normal Thursday in Sheffield. Ruth and her boyfriend, Jimmy, are in the pub. The Middle East crisis is just an item on the evening news - 3,000 miles away. This drama, based on available facts, tells the story of a nuclear strike on Britain, seen through the eyes of two Sheffield families - the Kemps and the Becketts - and their designated wartime controller, the city's Peacetime Chief Executive, Clive Sutton.
It traces the events of the four Weeks that lead up to a nuclear war, and the decade that follows. What will life be like for the survivors? In the days months and years to come can the fabric of society hold together: how strong are the threads?
Threads won four BAFTA awards including the Best Single Drama of 1984
"... an impressive achievement on a very large and chilling scale."
(The Guardian)
(Ceefax Subtitles)


Presenter: Ludovic Kennedy
Writer: Barry Hines
Designer: Chris Robilliard
Photography: Andrew Dunn
Film Editor: Jim Latham
Associate Producer: Peter Wolfes
Executive Producer: Graham Massey
Executive Producer: John Purdie
Produced and directed by: Mick Jackson
Ruth Beckett: Karen Meagher
Jimmy Kemp: Reece Dinsdale
Mrs Beckett: June Broughton
Mr Beckett: Henry Moxon
Granny Beckett: Sylvia Stoker
Mr Kemp: David Brierley
Mrs Kemp: Rita May
Michael Kemp: Nicholas Lane
Alison Kemp: Jane Hazlegrove
Jane: Victoria O'Keefe
Clive Sutton: Harry Beety
Marjorie Sutton: Ruth Holden
Chief Supt Hirst: Michael O'Hagan
Medical officer: Phil Rose
Information officer: Steve Halliwell
Transport officer: Peter Faulkner
Food officer: Anthony Collin
Accommodation officer: Brian Grellis
Scientific Adviser: Michael Ely
Manpower officer: Sharon Baylis
Works officer: David Stutt
Mr Stothard: Phil Askham
Mrs Stothard: Anna Seymour
Carol Stothard: Fiona Rook
Peace speaker: Maggie Holmes
Trade unionist: Mike Kay
Street trader: John Livesey
Mr Langley: Joe Holmes
Mr Haslam: Joe Belcher
Woman in supermarket: Christine Buckley
Boy in supermarket: David Major
Old man in graveyard: Nat Jackley
Woman in hospital: Greta Dunn
Policeman: Ted Beyer
Policeman: Dean Williamson
Soldier: Graham Hill
Soldier: Nigel Collins
Officer: Richard Albrecht
Officer: Andy Fenn-Rodgers
Looter: Jerry Ready
Looter: Dennis Conlon
Newscaster: Lesley Judd
Newscaster: Colin Ward-Lewis
Narration: Paul Vaughan

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After the Bomb: Threads

BBC One London, 1 August 1985 21.25

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