The War Game

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The War Game is a 1966 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produced by Peter Watkins for the BBC, it caused dismay within the BBC and also within government, and was subsequently withdrawn before the provisional screening date of 6 October 1965.

The War Game is a fictional, worst-case-scenario docu-drama about nuclear war and its aftermath in and around a typical English city. Although it won an Oscar for Best Documentary, it is fiction. It was intended as an hour-long program to air on BBC 1, but it was deemed too intense and violent to broadcast at the time and was canned.

This film is one of television’s most notorious banned programmes. The harrowing portrayal of nuclear holocaust was considered so shocking the film was not transmitted for twenty years. Today it acts as a timely reminder of the power of government propaganda and BBC fear porn.

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