5 Nov 2019, 5:30pm
Rich Hall’s Red Menace review – down with the nuclear nitwits!
From megaton bombs stuck in trees to the scientist who put his head in a particle accelerator, this deadpan history of the Cold War is a flabbergasting look at US and Russian ineptitude The first thermonuclear bomb got stuck up a tree. The second crashed into a field. Both had tumbled from a B-52G Stratofortress after a mid-air refuelling snafu that led to a wing falling off and three of the eight-strong crew dying in the resulting crash. If either of the 3.8 megaton bombs had detonated that day in January 1961, Big Daddy Road in North Carolina would have suffered the equivalent of 250 Hiroshimas. “Given the nature of basic human ineptitude, one question stands out,” said the US comedian sagely, in Rich Hall’s Red Menace (BBC Four), his deadpan history of the cold war. “How did we not blow each other up?” Like