Iain Gray Freelance Writer

Dispatches: Britain Under Water - Review

With an opening threat sounding more like the tagline to a horror movie – “the summer floods and why you could be next” – this programme follows the conventions of the “disaster-waiting-to-happen” documentary to the letter. 

Experts predicting catastrophic flooding in the near future and emotional homeowners sifting through the wreckage of their lives are combined with dramatic footage of roof-top rescues and a computer-generated simulation of a dam breaking.

Sometimes guilty of relying on fear rather than facts to drive the narrative, this is still a riveting programme, though best enjoyed in front of a roaring log fire sipping a nice cup of tea.


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