Copyright BBC

  • Director

    Mick Jackson

  • With

    Karen Meagher, Reece Dinsdale, Paul Vaughan

  • BBC/Western World TV 1984. 112min

  • Digital

  • Certificate


This remarkable television production, imagining how a nuclear war might unfold, remains one of the most shocking and devastating films ever to air in the UK. Combining documentary-style realism and kitchen-sink drama, Threads observes the looming threat of nuclear war from the perspective of an average working-class family in Sheffield, before shifting to the detailed depiction of a society in the aftermath of a nuclear attack. It’s 40 years since the film was originally broadcast and it has lost none of its power to shock.

Content warning: Graphic war imagery including wounds and injuries.