THREADS is a docudrama about the effects of a nuclear attack on the city of Sheffield, England. It’s one of the most acclaimed and most watched basic cable programs in history. In 1984, it was aired on the BBC and shocked tens of millions of UK viewers. Four months later it was broadcast in America.

Young lovers Ruth and Jimmy decide to get married after Ruth unexpectedly gets pregnant. But their quiet lives in Sheffield, England, are threatened when the Soviet Union and United States go to war.