Engineering Britain's Superweapons

Episode Guides

After WWII, Britain was desperate to retain its status as a great power alongside the United States and the Soviet Union. Investing millions in increasingly powerful weapons seemed the only option.

About the Show

After WWII, Britain was desperate to retain its status as a great power alongside the United States and the Soviet Union. Investing millions in increasingly powerful weapons seemed the only option.

  • Vulcan in flight

    V-Bombers

    After WWII, Britain wanted to remain a power alongside the USA and the USSR. Governments invested millions in an array of weapons, including a range of nuclear-carrying V-bombers.

  • Engineers beside Blue streak rocket

    Blue Streak

    During the Cold War, Britain invested millions in new weapons. Blue Streak was to be our own intercontinental ballistic missile, intended to carry nuclear warheads to Russia.

  • Mushroom cloud

    H-Bomb

    After WWII, Britain was desperate to remain a power alongside the USA and the USSR. In 1957 the newsreels announced that Britain had entered the thermonuclear era of the H-bomb.

Engineering Britain's Superweapons synopsis

After WWII, Britain was desperate to retain its status as a great power alongside the United States and the Soviet Union. Investing millions in increasingly powerful weapons seemed the only option.

Episode Guide >

Our Picks Tonight

See all TV listings