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Fukushima

Fukushima

Author: BBC World Service

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Season 1: Fall of the Shah
A tale of power, betrayal and fear. Taking you back to the 1970s, when the Iranian Revolution would change the world forever. A nine-part drama.

Season 2: Fukushima
A tsunami hits the Japanese nuclear plant. The disaster told in a seven-part drama. As the energy company and politicians in Tokyo lose control, the reactors become unstable and a “suicide squad” of older workers is sent inside. This drama follows the heroes who fight to contain the disaster and those whose mistakes led Japan to catastrophe. Years later, some seek atonement.

Fukushima Cast:
Suto: Togo Igawa
Akiko: Ami Okumura Jones
Yoshida: Eiji Mahara
Saito: Sadao Ueda
Ito: Matt McCooey
Shimada: Akira Koieyama
Narrator: Romola Garai
Reporter: Kevin Shen
Reporter: Naoko Mori
Worker: Nino Furuhata
Written by Adrian Penketh
Sound design is by Peter Ringrose
Produced by Toby Swift and Sasha Yevtushenko
Commissioned by Simon Pitts for BBC World Service.

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Fukushima: 7. Atonement

Fukushima: 7. Atonement

2023-06-2528:294

Former energy company executive Suto, was supposed to ensure that accidents like this couldn’t happen. Ten years later, he searches for atonement. A drama about the events of March 2011. Cast: Suto: Togo Igawa Akiko: Ami Okumura Jones Tutor: Kevin Shen Guard: Matt McCooey Sanae: Naoko MoriFukushima is written by Adrian Penketh Sound design is by Peter Ringrose Produced by Toby Swift and Sasha Yevtushenko Commissioned by Simon Pitts for BBC World Service
Fukushima: 6. Legacy

Fukushima: 6. Legacy

2023-06-1828:322

Years after the disaster, one of the “suicide squad” questions his heroism in a town of ghosts. A drama about the events of March 2011. Cast: Suto: Togo Igawa Akiko: Ami Okumura Jones Ito: Matt McCooey Keiko: Naoko MoriFukushima is written by Adrian Penketh Sound design is by Peter Ringrose Produced by Toby Swift and Sasha Yevtushenko Commissioned by Simon Pitts for BBC World Service
“We are at war….” Politicians seize control. And then a breakthrough; can the disaster be contained? A drama about the events of March 2011.Cast: Suto: Togo Igawa Akiko: Ami Okumura Jones Yoshida: Eiji Mihara Prime minister: Kevin Shen Hosono: Sadao Ueda Mayor: Akira Koieyama Aide: Nino Furuhata Narrator: Romola GaraiFukushima is written by Adrian Penketh Sound design is by Peter Ringrose Produced by Toby Swift and Sasha Yevtushenko Commissioned by Simon Pitts for BBC World ServiceAudio for this episode was updated on 4 October 2023.
Fukushima: 4. Evacuation

Fukushima: 4. Evacuation

2023-06-0428:232

The reactors are unstable. A “suicide squad” of older workers is sent inside and young staff are evacuated. Pressure levels are dangerously high, raising the chances of another explosion. A drama about the events of March 2011. Cast: Suto: Togo Igawa Akiko: Ami Okumura Jones Yoshida: Eiji Mihara Prime Minister: Kevin Shen Saito: Sadao Ueda Shimada: Akira Koieyama Ito: Matt McCooey Narrator: Romola GaraiFukushima is written by Adrian Penketh Sound design is by Peter Ringrose Produced by Toby Swift and Sasha Yevtushenko Commissioned by Simon Pitts for BBC World ServiceAudio for this episode was updated on 4 October 2023.
Fukushima: 3. Explosion

Fukushima: 3. Explosion

2023-05-2828:561

A massive explosion rocks the stricken power plant. Can the reactors be cooled? The nuclear plant manager has an unorthodox plan to prevent further disaster. A drama about the events of March 2011. Cast: Suto: Togo Igawa Akiko: Ami Okumura Jones Yoshida: Eiji Mihara Prime minister: Kevin Shen Saito: Sadao Ueda Matsui: Akira Koieyama Kojima: Matt McCooey Kaneko: Nino Furuhata Narrator: Romola GaraiFukushima is written by Adrian Penketh Sound design is by Peter Ringrose Produced by Toby Swift and Sasha Yevtushenko Commissioned by Simon Pitts for BBC World Service
Japan battles to maintain control in the face of nuclear disaster. Can catastrophe be averted? A drama about the events of March 2011. Cast: Suto: Togo Igawa Akiko: Ami Okumura Jones Yoshida: Eiji Mihara Saito: Sadao Ueda Ito: Matt McCooey Shimada: Akira Koieyama Narrator: Romola Garai Reporter: Kevin Shen Reporter: Naoko Mori Worker: Nino FuruhataFukushima is written by Adrian Penketh Sound design is by Peter Ringrose Produced by Toby Swift and Sasha Yevtushenko Commissioned by Simon Pitts for BBC World ServiceAudio for this episode was updated on 4 October 2023.
Fukushima: 1. Tsunami

Fukushima: 1. Tsunami

2023-05-1428:001

Japan’s nuclear plant is hit as an immense wave surges past defences and floods reactors. It’s a desperate fight to contain a disaster. A drama about the events of March 2011. Cast: Suto: Togo Igawa Akiko: Ami Okumura Jones Yoshida: Eiji Mihara Saito: Sadao Ueda Ito: Matt McCooey Shimada: Akira Koieyama Narrator: Romola Garai Reporter: Kevin Shen Reporter: Naoko Mori Worker: Nino FuruhataFukushima is written by Adrian Penketh Sound design is by Peter Ringrose Produced by Toby Swift and Sasha Yevtushenko Commissioned by Simon Pitts for BBC World ServiceAudio for this episode was updated on 4 October 2023.
Introducing Fukushima

Introducing Fukushima

2023-05-0303:26

A drama about losing control in Japan’s nuclear emergency. The heroes who fight to contain the disaster and those whose mistakes lead Japan to catastrophe. Years later, some seek atonement. This seven-part drama from the BBC World Service is released weekly from 15 May 2023.
Get ready for changes

Get ready for changes

2023-04-2501:20

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Comments (10)

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"Nucular", really???

Aug 24th
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Masoud Khamushi

I've always admired the BBC for their extraordinary documentaries! and I have to say it's been visualised in an artistic way, so thumbs up and thank you

Mar 2nd
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Ayrton Senna

Brilliant engaging podcast by the BBC.

Mar 11th
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Combiz M. Aghdam

Not a fair reconstruction of the history. It seems like an Islamic Republic's propaganda play! Shame!

Jan 27th
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B44

What a brilliant show.

Sep 30th
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Richie Bowden

Brilliant podcast

Apr 1st
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Ali MadahAlmim

anchor.fm/almim

Mar 20th
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Steve Bailey

I love this format! Between this podcast and other BBC history programs about IRÁN I have totally transformed my understanding of the country, the revolution, and America’s part.

Feb 27th
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Rob Ormerod

Fascinating and tense.

Feb 27th
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Tehjeeb Abtahi

Gripping and very intense

Feb 12th
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