Project Details

  • Director: Ben Chanan
  • Executive Producer: Richard Bond
  • Channel 4
  • September 2013

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When Britain suffers a catastrophic nationwide power failure, members of the public record what they can on cameras and phones. As the country descends into anarchy, a cast of ordinary characters struggle to feed and protect themselves and their families. This is the story of Britain’s week without electricity, told by those kept filming to the end.

Blackout (Channel 4) brings the ‘What-If’ genre up to date with a found-footage twist: fictional scenes featuring professional and non-professional actors were filmed on mobile phones, laptops and camcorders, and seamlessly interwoven with real found-footage recorded during actual power cuts and other emergencies. The result is a groundbreaking and terrifyingly realistic account of Britain being plunged into darkness.