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THE END of the world, Sheffield-style. Nuclear war followed by nuclear winter on the mean streets of Ecclesall. Lots of shit, piss, blood and vomit, including the demise of REECE DINSDALE. One of the most nightmare-inducing bits of telly you could watch as a kid in the 1980s. Utterly without relief, and even the aftermath is appalling: radiation victim, pregnant, gives birth to a hideous lump of flesh.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. TVS

    June 26, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Really awesome!

    Much better than the American “Day After” and “Testament”.

    The nastiest bit isn’t even the bomb, but the Protect and Survive ads……that Radiophinic synth at the end of each ad is terrifying!

  2. Lee James Turnock

    May 4, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    The 1985 repeat was edited to lose the burning cat, oddly enough.

  3. iMatt

    October 4, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I’d say the US ‘The Day After’ was pretty much as good. Just not as gritty. TDA had better special FX while Threads dealt with the grim aftermath more deeply.

  4. Glenn A

    June 18, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    The scenes where the houses collapse was filmed at Broomhall on the edge of the city centre, which was undergoing slum clearance. Other landmarks I recognise are Park Hill, near to the joinery yard when the first air raid siren goes off, The Moor, where the first explosion is seen, the Town Hall extension( now gone) and the elevated section of the M1, seconds before Sheffield is blown to pieces.

  5. mark robinson

    October 8, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    I actually watched some of this being filmed round the back of Hillsborough Park. There’s a bit where a bloke jumps into his van and can’t start it (“Dah! Shit!”) then hares off round a corner and out of view – which is actually a 30-yard cul-de-sac ending in a 30-foot brick wall. Happy days.

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