The War Game (1965)

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"XX-34 BADGER" atmospheric nuclear test - April 1953

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The War Game is a 1965 television documentary-style drama depicting the effects of nuclear war on Britain. Written, directed, and produced by Peter Watkins for the BBC’s The Wednesday Play anthology series, it caused dismay within the BBC and in government and was withdrawn from television transmission on 6 August 1965 (the twentieth anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing). The Corporation said that “the effect of the film has been judged by the BBC to be too horrifying for the medium of broadcasting”. However, it had some distribution in cinemas and won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1966.[1] But it remained unshown in full on British television until 1985.

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Made in black-and-white with a running time of just under 50 minutes, “The War Game” depicts the prelude to and the immediate weeks of the aftermath to a Soviet nuclear attack against Britain. It was withdrawn from broadcast after “the effect of the film [was] judged by the BBC to be too horrifying for the medium”.

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