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The Wednesday Play

War Game, The

The first Wednesday Play to be banned (famously decried by the then Home Secretary as a danger to the mentally unstable), Peter Watkins’s perfectly-crafted piece of pseudo documentary covering the aftermath of a nuclear attack on London was still affecting on its eventual transmission in 1985. Use of handheld cameras, a carefully-paced ‘timeline’, and the familiar tones of Michael Aspel all helped shift the notion of televisual realism up several gears. Watkins, who also directed, had previously turned the same¬† documentary eye on the battle of Culloden.



  1. pessoa

    May 30, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    It’s still a very powerful and disturbing piece of film making, by the most neglected director in Britain.

  2. Glenn A

    November 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Makes The Day After look like a comedy. Even now The War Game is terrifying to watch.

  3. Adrian

    November 15, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    But can’t anything be ‘a danger to the mentally disabled’?

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