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Nukes, Subs & Secrets

What did Scotland do in the Cold War? We travel the length of the country, from an underground bunker to a remote Hebridean test site, to find out.

For 45 years after World War II, the Soviet Union and the west were deadly enemies. So what did Scotland do? Presenter Jenna Watt’s own family worked at the Faslane nuclear submarine base, and she wrote and performed an award-winning play about the Scottish-based nuclear deterrent.

In this documentary she travels the length of the country unearthing our amazing Cold War stories.

From the school boy who blagged his way into a missile launch, to the priest in South Uist who encouraged his parishoners to build roadside shrines to keep the weapons out, the mother who raised her kids in a peace camp, to the young woman from Dunoon who found love with an American sailor during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and from the scientists who tested biological weapons on monkeys, to the soldiers who parked their nuclear load in a layby so they could stop for a cup of tea.

These are our war stories, our Cold War stories - dark, sometimes funny and always surprising. Find out about a past you never knew you had.

58 minutes

Last on

Tue 5 Nov 2019 22:00

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