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Flood (ITV-1 2008, Robert Carlyle, David Suchet)

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Disaster drama Flood looks at what could happen when a massive storm causes major tidal surges and floods London. With millions of lives in the balance marin engineer Rob Morrison, and his father Leonard try to reach Rob ex-wife Sam who also just happens to be a Thames Barrier expert.

The two part mini series was based on the book by Richard Doyle. The producers researched the costs of shooting the film in four different territories: The UK, Canada, Hungary and South Africa. The UK ruled itself out first as the most expensive, followed by Canada and Hungary. This left Cape Town, South Africa, which seemed an unlikely prospect Producer Peter McAleese travelled to Cape Town with production designer, Jonathan Lee and director Tony Mitchell and told us We sent back a package of pictures to Justin and the financiers. This comprised a mix of ‘Real London’ and ‘Cape Town/London.’ We didn’t label them. We then got a message back saying they loved the London locations but could we send the Cape Town locations? They couldn’t tell which was which.

production details
UK | ITV-1 – Powers | 2×120 minute episodes | Broadcast 4 and 5 May 2008

Writers: Justin Bodle, Matthew Cope
Book: Richard Doyle
Production Design: Jonathan Lee
Director of Photography: Pierre Jodoin
Producers: Peter McAleese, Michael Prupas, Philip Key, Genevieve Hofmeyr
Director: Tony Mitchell

cast
Robert Carlyle as Rob
Tom Courtenay as Leonard Morrison
Joanne Whalley as Patricia Nash
Jessalyn Gilsig as Sam
David Suchet as Deputy Prime Minister Campbell
Nigel Planer as Keith Hopkins
Gottfried John as Arthur Moyes
Tom Hardy as Zack
Pip Torrens as Army Liaison Officer Richardson
David Hayman as Major General Ashcroft
Martin Ball as Wyatt
Susan Wooldridge as Nash’s Assistant
Rory Acton Burnell as Michael Scott
Ralph Brown as Mel’s Dad
Quanita Adams as Tour Guide
Julie Summers as Housewife
Peter Wight as Johnson – Transport Chief