This programme looks a the strategy of Mutually Assured Destruction, the cosy reassurance that if they attack us, they will not live to tell the tale. In particular it examines how the cruise missiles, which have been welcomed by Britain whilst receiving a cool reception from NATO allies, contribute to the balance of terror. It makes it clear that East Anglia would be a very likely target for a pre-emptive attack and looks at the likely effect of H bombs falling on East Anglian military targets. The film also shows how outmoded and obsolete government civil defence policy is in responding to this scenario and asks what kind of world would the survivors find. Finally, the programme interviewers try to find out what Soviet intentions are and the Soviet Ambassador tells why he believes the USSR is genuine in its desire for peace and is not bent on world domination.
Made in 1980, this film reflects the cultural attitudes and language of the time it was made. The issues raised are timeless.
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