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Disaster Series 1 (6 Episodes)

Synopsis
The first series examines six of the world’s most dramatic technological disasters, using original BBC footage, recreations and interviews with key decision-makers. Their powerful and detailed approach provides an effective health & safety training resource.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of production
1997
Notes
Broadcast on BBC2 from 9/1/97.
Subjects
Engineering; Environmental science; Health & safety
Keywords
accident investigation; air crashes; environmental disasters; oil platforms; organophosphates; radioactivity; sheep; shipwrecks; submarines

Credits

Producer
Bryn Higgins
Cast
John Nettles 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Price
£195 each or £750 series
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
6 x 30
Year
2007

Type
VHS
Price
£195 each or £750 series
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
6 x 30 minutes
Year
2007

Sections

Title
Spiral to disaster
Synopsis
1: Events surrounding the explosion of the oil rig 'Piper Alpha' on the night of 6 July 1988, with 167 men killed. Uses archive footage, interviews with safety experts and re-enactments to examine events during one crucial hour and demonstrates that there

Title
Unflyable plane, The
Synopsis
2: The crash of a United Airlines DC-10 in the USA in July 1989 with 296 people on board, in which the tail engine blew apart at 37,000 feet. Reconstructs the pilots' struggle to control the plane using transcripts of cockpit recordings and archive footag

Title
Goiana incident, The
Synopsis
3: Contamination resulting from a theft from a disused clinic in Goiana, Brazil in September 1987. The stolen X-ray unit contained highly radioactive caesium-137 crystals.

Title
Atlantic
Synopsis
4: The mental and physical pressures on a couple sailing in the Atlantic from Bermuda to New York in July 1989 after their boat sank in a storm.

Title
Chemical scythe, The
Synopsis
5: Looks at the link between organophosphate chemicals commonly used for sheep dipping and nerve gas. Features animal health inspector Peter Tyrer, who has been unable to work since 1994 and is investigating the chemicals.

Title
October fire
Synopsis
6: Events following the explosion in October 1986 of the Soviet nuclear submarine K219 in the Atlantic off the USA coast. Classified documents are used in the reconstruction of the three-day struggle by its crew to prevent a nuclear disaster.

Production Company

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

BBC Active Video for Learning - now BBC Learning

Contact
Carolina Fernandez Jeremy Wilcox (CF - for educational enquiries JW - channel sales manager)
Email
BBCStudiosLearning@bbc.com
Web
https://www.bbcstudioslearning.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 20 8433 1009
Address
BBC Studios Limited
Television Centre
101 Wood Lane
London
W12 7FA
UK
Notes
The BBC Active company has now been absorbed within BBC Learning, a division of BBC Studios. It was originally a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Pearson Education. Formerly known as ‘BBC Worldwide Learning Studies’ and before that as ‘Videos for Education & Training’

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