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Greenlit: Inside Porton Down, BBC4

Inside Porton Down (1 x 60′) – With unprecedented and unique access, presenter Michael Mosley takes audiences into the laboratories at one of Britain’s most secretive military and scientific research bases to examine its controversial history and to reveal the most hazardous work being done by scientists to respond to the threat of chemical and biological weapons. It was at Porton Down that the research scientists confirmed sarin as the nerve agent used on the Syrian population in 2013, triggering a worldwide response.
One of the world’s first weapons of mass destruction – an anthrax bomb – also falls under Michael’s investigating eye as he explores the Scottish island of Gruinard, and simulates the secret vapourising experiments that took place decades ago. Only in recent years has Gruinard been declared as safe. Michael also examines the truth behind one of the most controversial events in MOD research history – the death of a young airman called Ronald Maddison in the 1950s.

Michael is given access to watch the distillation of one of the most dangerous chemical agents today, VX, which is made at Porton Down to test British military protective equipment. Inside Porton Down will also take viewers inside some of the site’s most secure biological research labs, where scientists have been tasked to find out how ebola – potentially one of the biggest public threats facing us today – has the power to spread.

Channel: BBC4

Producer: Artlab Films


Source: BBC press release


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