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13.12.02

FACTUAL & ARTS TV


New three part BBC TWO series - Collision Course


BBC TWO, 7 JANUARY 2003


More British people have been killed travelling in the last 80 years than in the Second World War.


Accidents last a matter of seconds but the affects are felt for far longer, often altering lives forever.


This 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.


Collision 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.


Series 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."


2.6 million of us choose to travel by train everyday. In 1997 seven British commuters were killed during the Southall rail crash.


Despite intense media and legal debate, what exactly took place during the collision has never been publicly analysed before.


The 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.


The second programme looks at car crashes and the random forces that lead to them.


The programme meets people whose lives were saved by luck and a man whose happiest day became his most tragic.


Collision 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 lifetime.


The 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.


The 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.


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