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Airdate September 23, 1984
Written by Barry Hines
Directed by Mick Jackson
Network BBC Two
Style 110-minute docu-drama
Company BBC,
Western-World Television,
The Nine Network

Origin UK

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Threads is a docu-drama that depicts in drastic images the effects of a nuclear war on the United Kingdom at the example of the northern English city of Sheffield.

Cast: Karen Meagher (Ruth Beckett), Reece Dinsdale (Jimmy Kemp), David Brierley (Mr. Kemp), Rita May (Mrs. Kemp), Nicholas Lane (Michael Kemp), Jane Hazlegrove (Alison Kemp), Henry Moxon (Mr. Beckett), June Broughton (Mrs. Beckett), Sylvia Stoker (Granny Beckett), Harry Beety (Mr. Sutton), Ruth Holden (Mrs. Sutton), Ashley Barker (Bob), Michael O'Hagan (Chief Supt. Hirst), Phil Rose (Medical Officer), Steve Halliwell (Information Officer), Brian Grellis (Accommodation Officer), Peter Faulkner (Transport Officer), Anthony Collin (Food Officer), Michael Ely (Scientific Advisor), Sharon Baylis (Manpower Officer), David Stutt (Works Officer), Phil Askham (Mr. Stothard), Anna Seymour (Mrs. Stothard), Fiona Rook (Carol Stothard), Christine Buckley (Woman in Supermarket), Joe Belcher (Shopkeeper), David Major (Boy in Supermarket), Maggie Ford (Peace Speaker), Mike Kay (Trade Unionist), Richard Albrecht (Officer at Food Depot), Ted Beyer (Policeman), Dean Williamson (Policeman), Joe Holmes (Mr. Langley), Andy Fenn-Rodgers (Patrol Officer), Graham Hill (1st Soldier), Nigel Collins (2nd Soldier), Jerry Ready (Looter), Dennis Conlon (Looter), Greta Dunn (Woman at Hospital), Nat Jackley (Old Man in Graveyard), John Livesey (Street Trader), Dorothy Ford (Stunt Person), Victoria O'Keefe (Jane), Lee Daley (Spike), Marcus Lund (Gaz), Lesley Judd (Newscaster), Colin Ward-Lewis (Newscaster), Paul Vaughan (Narrator)


Plot Overview


The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Narrator: In these early stages, the symptoms of radiation sickness and the symptoms of panic are identical.

DVD Release

Title Release Date #
Threads September 5, 2005 1


Awards and Accolades

External Sites