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Blackout

Mon Sep 9, 9-10.40pm, ITV

Imagine if something outrageously unprecedented happened? The results would be both unpredictable and scary, right? That’s the basic premise of this hysterical (in both senses of the word) feature-length docudrama in which Britain is cyber-hacked and loses electricity for a week. Fortunately, in this parallel Britain, mobile phone batteries last for ages, so various intrepid souls have managed to catalogue the chaos.

For a start, everyone turns into a twat; from the smug twat in Homerton with his generator to the gormless twats in Southport with their nicked car and the shrill, selfish twat who is trying to get herself and her daughter up to Sheffield to stay with grandma. We’d guess that these people’s foolishness is deliberate; such a situation would clearly bring out the worst in all of us. But to be fair, they seemed like twats from the start. Besides this objection, there are countless leaps of logic; for example, it would be interesting to get some sort of sober assessment of how plausible such a scenario actually is.

But then again, that wouldn’t be nearly as much fun. Because for all of its flaws, ‘Blackout’ is great fun. Doomsday scenarios are a fiction staple for a reason and this is put together with gleeful, rapacious relish. Take ‘Blackout’ with a gargantuan pinch of salt, but watch it anyway.

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Dodge Pentek

I found this riveting, thought provoking and beautifully made..... Right from the start I understood that cameras where being charged with duracells and phones on certain cases with car chargers. The whole topic made me sit and think how cruel and callous we can be........ Look at the London riots, would it take much more than a power cut to provoke such intense violence and looting?...... Probably not? We all have a self preservation built in and after a couple of days not eating, not being prepared as a country I totally believe this could happen. The program had a perfect blend of humour and drama....... Channel 4 have proved they are once again the leaders and forerunners in bringing us gritty, imaginative drama!! Well done channel 4......the vast majority of people I have spoke to have given a positive response. Excellent keep up the good work.

Dodge Pentek

I found this riveting, thought provoking and beautifully made..... Right from the start I understood that cameras where being charged with duracells and phones on certain cases with car chargers. The whole topic made me sit and think how cruel and callous we can be........ Look at the London riots, would it take much more than a power cut to provoke such intense violence and looting?...... Probably not? We all have a self preservation built in and after a couple of days not eating, not being prepared as a country I totally believe this could happen. The program had a perfect blend of humour and drama....... Channel 4 have proved they are once again the leaders and forerunners in bringing us gritty, imaginative drama!! Well done channel 4......the vast majority of people I have spoke to have given a positive response. Excellent keep up the good work.

Pete Campbell

The scariest thing about this was the fact that the vast majority of the footage was shot without the key trigger (aka The Blackout) being a factor. Who needs a virus or people lost in the woods to make a "28 Days Later/Blair Witch hybrid". The simple tragic fact is that the realities of human nature are far more scary than anything Film 4 can make up. In this sense at least. 'Blackout' got its core point across even if the facts 'fueling' (boom boom) the core storyline about why we would be put in this position in the first place were utter tosh.