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Britain's Nuclear Bomb: The Inside Story

Documentary looking at how, in 1957, Britain exploded its first megaton hydrogen bomb - codenamed Operation Grapple X - the culmination of an extraordinary scientific project.

In 1957, Britain exploded its first megaton hydrogen bomb - codenamed Operation Grapple X. It was the culmination of an extraordinary scientific project, which against almost insuperable odds turned Britain into a nuclear superpower. This is the inside story of how Britain got 'the bomb'.

The BBC has been granted unprecedented access to the top-secret nuclear research facility at Aldermaston. The programme features interviews with veterans and scientists who took part in the atomic bomb programme, some speaking for the first time, and newly released footage of the British atomic bomb tests.

59 minutes

On TV

Tuesday 21:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:13

    Artie Shaw

    Stardust

  • 00:22

    Dinah Washington

    Teach Me Tonight

  • 00:37

    Linda Hayes

    Atomic Baby

  • 00:38

    Vera Lynn

    Forget Me Not

  • 00:43

    Cradle of Filth

    Death Magick For Adepts

  • 00:49

    Billy Hughes' Buccaroos

    Atomic Sermon

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