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The historical account of Hiroshima is a two-part dramatization and documentary of the atomic bomb and the Japanese city of Hiroshima both before and after the 1945 bombing. It provides a profound and moving perspective on the first thermonuclear attack in history. The show walks viewers through the testing and building of the nuclear bomb, the planning of the bombing mission and the background leading to the crucial final decision of Harry S. Truman to launch the Hiroshima attack.

Reenactments of the bombing and actual footage of its destruction draw viewers in as witnesses to this single pivotal event that changed the course of World War II and world history. Accounts of the attack are through the words of both Japanese and American survivors that include the bombing crew. The show's historical footage paints a vivid and sweeping overview of the devastating consequences of the attack and Hiroshima's post-bomb landscape of death and rubble.

Although perhaps containing some graphic or disturbing scenes, the story of Hiroshima makes no political statements nor does it question military decisions. It is a fair and well balanced presentation of a defining turning point in world history.

Hiroshima is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (2 episodes). The series first aired on July 8, 2003.

Where do I stream Hiroshima online? Hiroshima is available for streaming on BBC Earth, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Hiroshima on demand at Amazon, Vudu, iTunes online.

BBC Earth
1 Season, 2 Episodes
July 8, 2003
Cast: John Hurt, Noboru Akima, George Anton, Fred Ashworth, Robert Austin
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Hiroshima Full Episode Guide

  • Parallel storylines interweave, unfolding the action from both US and Japane seperspectives, and revealing the tensions and conflicts in the actions and minds of people who were making history. Special effects recreate the reality of the mission- even going inside the workings of the bomb - and archive film replays the horrific aftermath

  • Set in the three weeks from the first test explosion in New Mexico to the eventual dropping of the bomb, the action takes viewers into the room where the crucial political decision are made; on board the Enola Gay on her fateful voyage; inside the bomb as it explodes; and on the streets of Hiroshima when disaster strikes.