Strange Days: Cold War Britain

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War Documentary hosted by Dominic Sandbrook, published by BBC in 2013 - English narration

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Historian Dominic Sandbrook takes us back to the strange years of the Cold War.

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For Sandbrook these are the years in which we were both more secure and prosperous that we had ever been - and at the same time, lived everyday with the very real possibility of nuclear annihilation. This is not just a story of the superpower arms race or daring spies, real and fictional, it is a story in which all we played a crucial part. In the first episode, Dominic brings his trademark mix of great archive and surprising storytelling to the first chilling years of the conflict, when western democracy identified a new totalitarian enemy: Soviet communism.

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Dominic looks at the frontline of the conflict as a newly prosperous Britain of consumerism was pitched against the Soviet ideal of communism.

[edit] Two Tribes

He plunders the archive and music of the late 1970s and the '80s to bring to life an era in which the end of the world seemed a very real possibility, years in which our leaders crusaded as never before against a struggling Soviet empire and everything from sport to shopping to British pop music became potent weapons in the life and death struggle with communism.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4.1
  • Video Bitrate: CRF 20 (~3500Kbps)
  • Video Resolution: 1280x720
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Frame Rate: 25 FPS
  • Audio Codec: AAC-LC
  • Audio Bitrate: Q=0.42 (~128Kbps) VBR 48KHz
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 59 mins
  • Number of Parts: 3
  • Part Size: 1.53 GB (average)
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by: JungleBoy

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