The tl;dr version is that I wonder if anyone knows who created this fake BBC nuclear attack broadcast, and why. (side note - recommendations are welcome for similar scary shit).
As a child of the 80’s, I am a big fan of nuclear horror, and sometimes I like to go on YouTube and scare the bejeezus out of myself watching clips from ‘The Day After’, ‘By Dawn’s Early Light’, ‘Threads’, etc. So a couple of years ago, this fictional clip of the BBC announcing a sudden nuclear conflict popped up in my feed out of nowhere.
My first thought was that some government or think tank produced a “what if” video as a public service to raise awareness about the dangers of nuclear war. I figured sure, the general public doesn’t appreciate this danger enough, in my opinion.
As for the film itself, it’s debatable whether the portrayed strategic or political events are realistic. I welcome anyone’s thoughts. But I think we’ll agree it’s a work of art as far as portraying the terror of watching a nuclear conflict emerge on the news.
But then I started noticing some odd things about it. Strangely, I couldn’t find any attribution anywhere at all. Then, strangely, a few months later a different version showed up - mostly the same footage, but the fictional attack and warning messages were localized for Canada. Then a few months one for the US, and another one for Australia. Again, almost all the same video footage of UK/Europe events, but with some announcements customized for a different English-speaking country.
I also felt like there was something slightly off about the tone of the announcers. It’s hard to put my finger on it. The lines are clearly conveyed to frighten the viewer with their realism, but the actors can’t seem to muster much more than feigned grave concern.
I feel like this is the sort of thing a Russian fake news farm would come up with. Just curious if anybody else has seen it and has any thoughts.