- Spike Milligan and John Antrobus
- Rita Tushingham, Dudley Moore, Harry Secombe, Arthur Lowe, Roy Kinnear, Spike Milligan, Ronald Fraser, Jimmy Edwards and more
- John Antrobus and Charles Wood
- Richard Lester
- Richard Lester, Oscar Lewenstein and Roy Stevens
World War III has been and gone, and very quickly too. The shortest war in history, "the nuclear misunderstanding" lasted just 2 minutes and 28 seconds (including the signing of the peace treaty).
Three or four years later London has now been almost totally destroyed, with only about 20 people still alive. These include one man on a bicycle providing the electricity for the entire country (played by Henry Woolf); a newsreader (Frank Thornton) in half a dinner suit working as the BBC; and Mrs Ethel Shroake of 393A High Street, Leytonstone (Dandy Nichols), the Queen's charwoman who is now first in line to the throne and thus the monarch.
The film followers these survivors. Other notables include Lord Fortnum (Ralph Richardson), who due to nuclear radiation is soon to mutate into a bed sitting room; a small family (Arthur Lowe, Mona Washbourne and Rita Tushingham) who have been living off chocolate bars on the Underground Circle Line and whose daughter is 17 months pregnant; soldier-turned-doctor Captain Blues Martin (Michael Hordern); and a pair of policemen (Peter Cook and Dudley Moore) who tell everyone to keep moving.
- We've got a bomb on our hands; The great nuclear misunderstanding lasted 2 minutes & 28 seconds (including signing the peace treaty)
- UK certificate
- 91 minutes
- UK release
- Thursday 26th March 1970
- UK premiere
- Tuesday 25th March 1969
- Camera set-up
- Music composed and conducted by Ken Thorne.
- Most recent repeats
- Friday 30th June 2017 at 10:00pm on London Live
- Saturday 15th April 2017 at 4:15pm on London Live
- Saturday 18th February 2017 at 12:40am on London Live
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