Secret BBC script from 1970s for nuclear apocalypse announcement released

October 3rd, 2008 - 1:54 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Oct 3 (ANI): A top secret BBC script for an announcement to be broadcast if the UK came under nuclear attack in the early 1970s has been released from files in the National Archives in Kew, west London.

According to a report by BBC News, the script has been in a file of documents kept secret for more than 30 years.

Drawn up amid secret discussions between the Government and the BBC on how a new Wartime Broadcasting Service would operate in the event of a conflict involving the Soviet Union, the pre-recorded announcement is short on theatrics, with little to offer but a stiff upper lip.

A terrified population were to be told simply to stay calm and stay in your homes.

The advice the population would have been offered was simple. Echoing public information leaflets available at the time, people were told to make the most of supplies of tinned food, save water and stay tuned to the BBC.

News that British civilisation was facing its great ever threat was to be announced in a few crisp sentences like, This is the Wartime Broadcasting Service. This country has been attacked with nuclear weapons. Communications have been severely disrupted, and the number of casualties and the extent of the damage are not yet known.

We shall bring you further information as soon as possible. Meanwhile, stay tuned to this wavelength, stay calm and stay in your own homes, it added.

The horror of radioactive fall-out is spelt out in with the simple warning: Remember there is nothing to be gained by running away.

Make sure gas and other fuel supplies are turned off and that all fires are extinguished, the public were then told.

They were to use tap water, if it was still running, to fight any fires before filling buckets and containers to store supplies for drinking and cooking.

Water must not be used for flushing lavatories: until you are told that lavatories may be used again, other toilet arrangements must be made, the announcement says, opting for the polite term.

Without mention of nuclear shelters, people were to be advised to take cover in a fall-out room in the middle of their home, away from doors and windows.

The script is contained in a file of documents kept secret for more than 30 years discussing arrangements for communicating with the public in the event of a nuclear war. (ANI)

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