'That Is the End of This Broadcast'

UK declassifies BBC's Cold War script for nuclear attack
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2008 7:55 AM CDT
'That Is the End of This Broadcast'
Britain's Houses of Parliament. A script to be used to address survivors of a nuclear attack on Britain has been released by the UK National Archives.   (Flickr)

A radio script that the British government planned to broadcast to survivors of a nuclear attack has been made public for the first time, the BBC reports. The script, written in the 1970s and released by the National Archives, warns listeners to stay in hiding for 14 days and to ration essential supplies. Related documents advised that familiar but authoritative voices make the broadcasts.

"This country has been attacked with nuclear weapons. Communications have been severely disrupted and the number of casualties and extent of the damage are not yet known," the script says. "By leaving your homes you could be exposing yourselves to greater danger. If you leave, you may find yourself without food, without water and without protection."
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