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BBC Four programme to look behind the scenes at Sellafield

Published 23/07/2015

The Sellafield documentary aims to tell the story of the UK's often controversial nuclear industry
The Sellafield documentary aims to tell the story of the UK's often controversial nuclear industry
The Sellafield documentary aims to tell the story of the UK's often controversial nuclear industry

Cameras are being allowed behind the scenes at the Sellafield nuclear power plant as part of a season of TV shows exploring the atomic age.

Physicist J im Al-Khalili will present Britain's Nuclear Secrets: Inside Sellafield and aim to tell the story of the country's often controversial nuclear industry.

He said : "As a nuclear physicist, I found gaining such amazing access to somewhere as huge and important as Sellafield a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Little is known about Britain's nuclear industry so it's no wonder that the general public have tended to be so suspicious of it, sometimes with good reason. So telling the story of Britain's nuclear history, both the past failures and the recent successes, is vital."

The show, part of the BBC Four Goes Nuclear season, promises " unprecedented access to some of the country's most secret buildings" and examination of incidents including the 1957 fire at the site and subsequent controversy over radioactive leaks.

Other programmes include a Storyville documentary about the atomic age using archive footage and complete with a score by Mogwai and a film about the men and women who built the first atomic bomb in the dying days of World War Two.

BBC Four's channel editor Cassian Harrison said: "BBC Four Goes Nuclear will give our audiences a chance to contemplate the history and the extraordinary potential of our nuclear age. We have unique access to Britain's most renowned nuclear facility with the documentary Britain's Nuclear Secrets: Inside Sellafield, alongside other captivating new and archive programmes for the channel. BBC Four Goes Nuclear will consider the nuclear age from all sides - its ground-breaking opportunities as well as its terrifying dangers."

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