BBC Agitprop on Global Warming
The makers of Burn Up knew from the outset that their drama would be a tough sell. The two-part BBC2 thriller by Simon Beaufoy, the writer of The Full Monty, focuses on an oil-industry conspiracy to cover up the full extent of global warming...
Christopher Hall, the producer of Burn Up, which is going to hit the screens next week, admits that "the question we kept asking ourselves was, 'How do we make a sexy programme about CO2? It's a gas, for goodness' sake!' So we see this piece as a Trojan horse: we rivet viewers with good drama and smuggle the message in that way." ..."There isn't a more important issue in the world than global warming. Even the Cold War and the Bay of Pigs crisis were notional threats. A warming planet isn't a threat – it's happening."
The Star Bradley Whitford, Josh in The West Wing -" We've just lost eight years because we've had the worst President in history at the most delicate time in history."
Many believe, too, that the high profile of environmental issues is in large part owing to the success of Al Gore's Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth. "The documentary works so well because of Gore's spellbinding character," Whitford says. "There is also a fascination about him. Viewers think, 'Oh gee, we could have had this guy as President. He is smart and prepared and curious – and look who we got instead!'