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491 Ratings


Directed by Mick Jackson
United Kingdom, Australia, 1984
Drama, Sci-Fi, War
  • English
  • English


A young couple in the British working-class city of Sheffield are preparing for their wedding while global tensions are rising. As their big day approaches, global nuclear warfare erupts—leaving millions dead. This shocking docudrama depicts the unraveling of society following mass devastation.

Our take

Mick Jackson’s unforgettable, Sheffield-set docudrama reached millions of viewers during its original airing at the end of the Cold War. By presenting the effects of nuclear warfare in stirring detail, and zeroing in on the escalation of violence, Threads tapped into its audience’s deepest fears.

Threads Directed by Mick Jackson

Awards & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

1985 | 4 wins including: Best Single Drama (Television)

1985 | 3 nominations including: Best Make Up (Television)

Critics reviews

Threads vividly conjures the very worst anxieties of the Cold War.
August 21, 2018
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