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The Day Britain Stopped

What will it take to bring Britain to a standstill? A major rail crash. An air-traffic control computer failure. Gridlock on the roads. These scenarios are all too familiar to the British public. But what if they occurred one after the other in quick succession?

This film has been made in the style of a classic feature- length documentary.

Press Reviews

Scarily realistic…chilling….a remarkable piece of reality based drama….a credible scenario....a wonderful piece of plausibly done that it should really have a warning flash in the corner of the screen saying 'fiction' in big red letters.....loving pastiches of news reports, corporate videos, magazine covers, press conferences - the fakery is fascinating, like looking at a forged bank note. It works as a smart riveting drama and also as a warning of the power of the financial markets
Radio Times
The line between fact and fiction is deliberately blurred…a cast of real broadcasters add to the realism… The squabble between the Bank of England and its counterpart in Germany as to who should handle this hot potato rings absolutely true. The crucial part played by a senior manager's bonus in dictating events is spot-on: it is individual greed, not al-Qaeda, that is the threat… As investment banks push more boldly into betting their balance sheets, this is a timely programme
Patrick Hoskins, Investment Editor, The Times
Finch and Range have an acute ear for documentary conventions and exploit them ruthlessly…beautifully constructed interviews with the principal characters…cleverly harvested contributions from Blair and Brown…the filmmakers have much of interest to say about how the City operates, the impotence of government in the face of a global share dive, the spectre of attacks on our financial institutions (rather than their symbols), and the potential dangers of the derivatives market…effective…a bold and illuminating cautionary tale
Daily Telegraph
A gripping tale….even more authenticity to the faked reports from respectable journalists….the actors are convincing…the central premises ring true
Sunday Telegraph
Scarily impressive feature-length fiction….boasting higher production values than the same channel’s similarly speculative “If” dramas…a clever, twisty denouement
Sunday Times
Beautifully made… always remained convinced… [the] narration was much better written than in most real documentaries
Daily Telegraph
So convincing that any unwary viewer switching on in the middle might have been forgiven for thinking that the entire financial system had gone up the spout… Had it been broadcast before director general Mark Thompson revealed his plans for a new-look BBC earlier this week, he could have cited The Man Who Broke Britain as an example of what the corporation should be giving us
Daily Mail
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