three part BBC TWO series - Collision Course
TWO, 7 JANUARY 2003
British people have been killed travelling in the last 80 years
than in the Second World War.
last a matter of seconds but the affects are felt for far longer,
often altering lives forever.
new three part series presents a journey through the everyday decisions
we all make to get from A to B and questions how in control of our
lives we really are.
Course looks at why crashes occur, the impact they have on the victims
and, through real life stories, illustrates how minute details can
change the course of people's lives.
Producer Belinda Cherrington said: "Collision Course is a journey
through the risks of everyday life. The decisions we take can alter
our lives forever. Some can save our lives and the lives of people
around us while others may ultimately kill us."
million of us choose to travel by train everyday. In 1997 seven
British commuters were killed during the Southall rail crash.
intense media and legal debate, what exactly took place during the
collision has never been publicly analysed before.
first film looks at the Southall rail crash and the elements of
chance at work during the eight and a half seconds it took to happen;
how one person sitting in potentially the most dangerous seat in
the train was spared while another passenger was killed by a safety
feature built to protect him.
second programme looks at car crashes and the random forces that
lead to them.
programme meets people whose lives were saved by luck and a man
whose happiest day became his most tragic.
Course shows us all why, given the nature and complexity of driving
in Britain today, we each expect to have up to six crashes in a
final part of the series examines air travel. It looks at the aftermath
of the Kegworth air crash and the ripples of the event which are
still changing people's lives - for better and worse - to this day.
film shows that although avoiding the unpredictable is impossible,
who you are will determine the choices you make and the control
you are able to have over your own life.