In 1957, Britain exploded its first megaton hydrogen bomb – codenamed Operation Grapple X.
It was the culmination of an extraordinary scientific project, which against almost insuperable odds turned Britain into a nuclear superpower.
Britain’s Nuclear Bomb: The Inside Story is a one off documentary looking at how Britain got ‘the bomb’. The BBC has been granted unprecedented access to the top-secret nuclear research facility at Aldermaston. The programme features interviews with veterans and scientists who took part in the atomic bomb programme, some speaking for the first time, and newly-released footage of the British atomic bomb tests.
Britain’s Nuclear Bomb: The Inside Story airs on Wednesday 3 May 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC Four