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Threads is a british television drama produced by the bbc in 1984. written by barry hines and directed by mick jackson, it is a documentary-style account of a nuclear war and its effects on the city of sheffield in northern england. filmed in late 1983 and early 1984, the primary plot centres on two families, the kemps and the becketts, as an international crisis between the united states and the soviet union erupts and escalates.