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The Historic And Harrowing BBC Documentary Expose Of The Horrific Effects A Nuclear Attack Would Have On Great Britain (Black/White, 1965, 46 Minutes) PLUS TWO BONUS FEATURES: 1) Q.E.D.: A GUIDE TO ARMAGEDDON, A Frank And Disturbing View Of The Effects Of A Nuclear War And Our Chances For Survival (Color, 1982, 30 Minutes), And 2) The United Nations Anti-Nuke Cartoon Short "The Doomsday Clock" (Color, 1987, 10 Minutes) -- All Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An MP4 Video Download Or Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD!
* November 5, 2023: Updated And Upgraded: Updated With Q.E.D.: A GUIDE TO ARMAGEDDON, And Upgraded From A Standard Format DVD To An Archival Quality Dual Layer Format DVD!
The War Game is a British pseudo-documentary film that depicts a nuclear war and its aftermath. Written, directed and produced by Peter Watkins for the BBC, it caused dismay within the BBC and also within government, and was subsequently withdrawn before the provisional screening date of October 6, 1965, during the Halloween Season. The corporation said that "the effect of the film has been judged by the BBC to be too horrifying for the medium of broadcasting. It will, however, be shown to invited audiences..." The film eventually premiered at the National Film Theatre in London, on April 13, 1966, where it ran until May 3. It was then shown abroad at several film festivals, including the Venice one where it won the Special Prize. It also won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1967. The film was eventually televised in Great Britain on July 31, 1985, during the week before the fortieth anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing.
Q.E.D. (from Quod Erat Demonstrandum, Latin: "That Which Was To Be Demonstrated") was the name of a series of BBC popular science documentary films which aired in the United Kingdom from 1982 to 1999. Running in a half-hour peak-time slot on the BBC's primary mass-audience channel BBC1, the series had a more populist and general interest agenda than the long-running Horizon series which aired on the more specialist channel BBC2. Horizon could often be difficult for a scientific novice, requiring a modicum of background knowledge beyond the reaches of many viewers, so Q.E.D. was a more approachable way of introducing scientific stories. Among its most notable films is A Guide to Armageddon (1982) – the effects of a one megaton nuclear bomb being exploded over London. Director Mick Jackson went on to direct the 1984 docu-drama Threads, an 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.
The Doomsday Clock is a symbol that represents the likelihood of a man-made global catastrophe. Maintained since 1947 by the members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the clock is a metaphor for threats to humanity from unchecked scientific and technical advances. The clock represents the hypothetical global catastrophe as midnight and the Bulletin's opinion on how close the world is to a global catastrophe as a number of minutes or seconds to midnight, assessed in January of each year. The main factors influencing the clock are nuclear risk and climate change. The Bulletin's Science and Security Board monitors new developments in the life sciences and technology that could inflict irrevocable harm to humanity. The clock's original setting in 1947 was seven minutes to midnight. It has been set backward and forward 24 times since, the farthest from midnight being 17 minutes in 1991, and the nearest being 100 seconds in 2020 and 2021. The clock was moved to two and a half minutes in 2017, then forward to two minutes to midnight in January 2018, and left unchanged in 2019. In January 2020, it was moved forward to 100 seconds before midnight. In January 2021, the clock's setting was left unchanged. Since 2010, the clock has been moved forward over 4 minutes, and has changed by 6 minutes and 20 seconds since 1947. Since 1947, the clock has been moved backwards 8 times and forwards 16 times.