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Things Fall Apart

Episode 2 of 5

What would happen if the UK broke apart? In this everyday story of British folk, David and Ruth Fletcher face the UK's next civil war.

What would happen if the UK broke apart?

In this everyday story of British folk, David and Ruth Fletcher face our next civil war.

2/5 Things Fall Apart

Now Manchester is besieged by rival forces, the Fletchers find themselves in danger. Not just from dodgy neighbours with brand new machine guns, but from inside their own family.

Martin Jameson's drama draws on detailed research from BBC correspondents to analysts, contingency planners, and those with first hand experience of the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s, to make the Fletchers' adventures a compelling account of what civil war could do to us all.

Starring Jeremy Swift and Maureen Beattie.
Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting.

Script Consultants:
Tamara Kovacevic - Senior BBC journalist with first hand experience of the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s
Richard Vergette - Writer and teacher for advice on parenting a teenager with Down Syndrome

With thanks to:
Malcolm Barnard
Peter Barnes - BBC Senior Political Analyst
Louisa Brooke-Holland - Senior Research Analyst, International Affairs and Defence section, House of Commons Library
Rory Cellan-Jones - BBC Technology Correspondent
Gabrielle Garton Grimwood - Senior Research Analyst in Emergency Planning
Mike Livingstone - Former Strategic Director of Children's Services, Manchester City Council.
Jonathan Marcus - BBC Diplomatic Correspondent
Prof Bill McGuire - Professor Emeritus; Geophysical & Climate Hazards, UCL
Dr Gemma Sou - Lecturer in Disaster Studies, University of Manchester
Peter Wynne-Wilson - Course Director, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (for advice on Birmingham and its demographics)
Imogen Woolrich and the Octagon Bridges Theatre Group,
Harri Chambers - for Welsh translations,
and Steve Pearce, Eric Bradley & John Rudin for IT advice.

Cast:

Dave Fletcher ... Jeremy Swift
Ruth Fletcher ... Maureen Beattie
Maggie Pelling ... Elizabeth Counsell
Jonny Fletcher ... Sam Barnard
Tricia Ince ... Elinor Coleman
Helena Fletcher ... Lauren Cornelius
Alex Pritchard ... Ryan Whittle
Philippa Fletcher ... Kerry Gooderson
Marli ... Ryan Baker
Roger ... Sean Murray
Steven ... Stephen Hogan
Clive ... John Lightbody
Luke ... Joseph Ayre
Writer ... Martin Jameson
Director ... Jonquil Panting
Producer ... Jonquil Panting.

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44 minutes

Credits

Role Contributor
Dave Fletcher Jeremy Swift
Ruth Fletcher Maureen Beattie
Maggie Pelling Elizabeth Counsell
Jonny Fletcher Sam Barnard
Tricia Ince Elinor Coleman
Helena Fletcher Lauren Cornelius
Alex Pritchard Ryan Whittle
Philippa Fletcher Kerry Gooderson
Marli Ryan Baker
Roger Sean Murray
Steven Stephen Hogan
Clive John Lightbody
Luke Joseph Ayre
Director Jonquil Panting
Producer Jonquil Panting
Writer Martin Jameson

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If Things Fall Apart

If Things Fall Apart

What would really happen if civil war broke out tomorrow?