Smallpox 2002

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Smallpox 2002: Silent Weapon (Fiction)
Genre Docudrama
Written by
Directed by Daniel Percival
Narrated by Brian Cox
Composer(s) Andy Price
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Jonathan Hewes
Producer(s) Simon Chinn
Running time 90 minutes
Distributor Wall to Wall
Original network BBC Two
Original release 5 February 2002
External links
Production website

Smallpox 2002: Silent Weapon is a fictional docudrama produced by Wall to Wall, showing how a single act of bioterrorism leads to terrifying consequences globally.


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".[1] 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.[2]


  • The film was renamed Smallpox when it aired on FX on 2 January 2005.


  1. ^ Smallpox 2002 - Silent Weapon round up of newspaper reviews, in The Guardian, 6 February 2002
  2. ^ Smallpox proves infectious for BBC2, The Guardian, 6 February 2002

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