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The Russians Are Coming!

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Documentary. Cold War submariners talk more openly than ever before to reveal how the underwater arms race took ballistic missiles beneath the Arctic ice.

Throughout the 1970s and 80s, the front line of the Cold War was hidden beneath the ocean. Submariners from three navies - American, Soviet and British - played a deadly game of cat and mouse in a secret war of espionage and intimidation. The nuclear balance between East and West was constantly shifting. This was a constant struggle to gain technological advantage, and the Soviets developed submarines that were ever more sophisticated - bigger, faster and more luxurious - than any developed by the West.

For over 40 years the details of this tense stand-off have been a closely guarded secret. Now submariners from all three navies are able to talk more openly than ever before. They reveal how the underwater arms race took ballistic missiles beneath the Arctic ice, and they remember how it nearly ended in nuclear disaster at sea.

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Tue 25 Sep 2018 22:00

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Role Contributor
Narrator Haydn Gwynne
Producer Graham Cooper
Director Graham Cooper
Writer Graham Cooper
Executive Producer Chris Granlund
Participant Frank Turban
Participant Martin MacPherson
Participant Bo Bohannon
Participant John Lehman
Participant JD Williams
Participant Gennadi Kapitulskii
Participant Vladimir Chernavin
Participant Paul Williamson
Participant James Taylor
Participant Bruce De Mars
Participant Al Konetzni
Participant Igor Abrarnov
Participant Gavin Lane
Participant Igor Kurdin
Participant Dorrie Williams
Participant Dorrie Williams
Participant Maria Kuznetsova
Participant Vladimir Ivanovich Alikov

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