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|Smallpox 2002: Silent Weapon (Fiction)|
|Directed by||Daniel Percival|
|Narrated by||Brian Cox|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Executive producer(s)||Jonathan Hewes|
|Running time||90 minutes|
|Distributor||Wall to Wall|
|Original channel||BBC Two|
|Original release||5 February 2002|
The premise of it was one man who, in 2002, creates the smallpox virus himself, infects himself, and touches ten people in New York City. This eventually leads to a pandemic across the world that is later defeated, but not before 60 million people are killed.
The film was commissioned before the September 11 attacks and is presented in the form of a fictional documentary, including false interviews and stock footage. The tagline for the movie was, "Drama, until it happens".
Newspaper reviews of the documentary were mixed, varying from "a sick stunt" to "extraordinarily good". The docudrama proved very popular with viewers, attracting 3.4m viewers, 15% of the audience, to a 9pm slot on BBC2 according to overnight returns.
- The film was renamed "Smallpox" when it aired on FX on 2 January 2005.
- Smallpox 2002 - Silent Weapon round up of newspaper reviews, in The Guardian, 6 February 2002
- Smallpox proves infectious for BBC2, The Guardian, 6 February 2002