Play for Today: Z for Zachariah

Z for Zachariah. Broadcast 28 February 1984, BBC.  Directed by Anthony Garner.  Written by Anthony Garner from the novel by Robert C O’Brien.  Duration: 75 minutes.

Cast: Anthony Andrews (John Loomis), Pippa Hinchley (Ann Burden), David Daker (Father), Angela Galbraith (Mother), Andrew Hughes (Joseph).

A wonderful television play about live after a nuclear apocalypse in which Anthony Andrews appears against type in a truly miserable Wales.

This is being remade with a rather larger budget next year, presumably set in the America the original novel suggests. However this is worth watching as it shows just how a situation like this could be presented with little money and a bit of invention.

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