11 episodes

Season 1: Fall of the Shah
A tale of power, betrayal and fear. Taking you back to the 1970s, when the Iranian Revolution would change the world forever. A nine-part drama.
Season 2: Fukushima
A tsunami hits the Japanese nuclear plant. The disaster told in a seven-part drama. As the energy company and politicians in Tokyo lose control, the reactors become unstable and a “suicide squad” of older workers is sent inside. This drama follows the heroes who fight to contain the disaster and those whose mistakes led Japan to catastrophe. Years later, some seek atonement.
Fukushima Cast:
Suto: Togo Igawa
Akiko: Ami Okumura Jones
Yoshida: Eiji Mahara
Saito: Sadao Ueda
Ito: Matt McCooey
Shimada: Akira Koieyama
Narrator: Romola Garai
Reporter: Kevin Shen
Reporter: Naoko Mori
Worker: Nino Furuhata
Written by Adrian Penketh
Sound design is by Peter Ringrose
Produced by Toby Swift and Sasha Yevtushenko
Commissioned by Simon Pitts for BBC World Service.

Fukushima BBC World Service

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    • 4.4 • 168 Ratings

Season 1: Fall of the Shah
A tale of power, betrayal and fear. Taking you back to the 1970s, when the Iranian Revolution would change the world forever. A nine-part drama.
Season 2: Fukushima
A tsunami hits the Japanese nuclear plant. The disaster told in a seven-part drama. As the energy company and politicians in Tokyo lose control, the reactors become unstable and a “suicide squad” of older workers is sent inside. This drama follows the heroes who fight to contain the disaster and those whose mistakes led Japan to catastrophe. Years later, some seek atonement.
Fukushima Cast:
Suto: Togo Igawa
Akiko: Ami Okumura Jones
Yoshida: Eiji Mahara
Saito: Sadao Ueda
Ito: Matt McCooey
Shimada: Akira Koieyama
Narrator: Romola Garai
Reporter: Kevin Shen
Reporter: Naoko Mori
Worker: Nino Furuhata
Written by Adrian Penketh
Sound design is by Peter Ringrose
Produced by Toby Swift and Sasha Yevtushenko
Commissioned by Simon Pitts for BBC World Service.

    Trailer: The Six Billion Dollar Gold Scam

    Trailer: The Six Billion Dollar Gold Scam

    It was the biggest gold mine fraud of all time – a scam that devastated countless lives. But what really happened? Suzanne Wilton revisits the story that she just couldn’t let go of, to find answers about how the scam was perpetrated…and about the mysterious death of a geologist in the jungle. From the BBC World Service and CBC. To hear more, search for The Six Billion Dollar Gold Scam wherever you get your podcasts.

    • 2 min
    Bonus: U.Me The Complete Musical

    Bonus: U.Me The Complete Musical

    The story of two young strangers who meet online and fall in love during the Covid lockdowns. A musical narrated by Stephen Fry and performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, for the BBC World Service. For all episodes, search for U.Me the Complete Musical, wherever you get your BBC podcasts.

    • 20 min
    Fukushima: 7. Atonement

    Fukushima: 7. Atonement

    Former energy company executive Suto, was supposed to ensure that accidents like this couldn’t happen. Ten years later, he searches for atonement. A drama about the events of March 2011.
    Cast:
    Suto: Togo Igawa
    Akiko: Ami Okumura Jones
    Tutor: Kevin Shen
    Guard: Matt McCooey
    Sanae: Naoko Mori
    Fukushima is written by Adrian Penketh
    Sound design is by Peter Ringrose
    Produced by Toby Swift and Sasha Yevtushenko
    Commissioned by Simon Pitts for BBC World Service

    • 27 min
    Fukushima: 6. Legacy

    Fukushima: 6. Legacy

    Years after the disaster, one of the “suicide squad” questions his heroism in a town of ghosts. A drama about the events of March 2011.
    Cast:
    Suto: Togo Igawa
    Akiko: Ami Okumura Jones
    Ito: Matt McCooey
    Keiko: Naoko Mori
    Fukushima is written by Adrian Penketh
    Sound design is by Peter Ringrose
    Produced by Toby Swift and Sasha Yevtushenko
    Commissioned by Simon Pitts for BBC World Service

    • 28 min
    Fukushima: 5. Invisible enemy

    Fukushima: 5. Invisible enemy

    “We are at war….” Politicians seize control. And then a breakthrough; can the disaster be contained? A drama about the events of March 2011.
    Cast:
    Suto: Togo Igawa
    Akiko: Ami Okumura Jones
    Yoshida: Eiji Mihara
    Prime minister: Kevin Shen
    Hosono: Sadao Ueda
    Mayor: Akira Koieyama
    Aide: Nino Furuhata
    Narrator: Romola Garai
    Fukushima is written by Adrian Penketh
    Sound design is by Peter Ringrose
    Produced by Toby Swift and Sasha Yevtushenko
    Commissioned by Simon Pitts for BBC World Service
    Audio for this episode was updated on 4 October 2023.

    • 28 min
    Fukushima: 4. Evacuation

    Fukushima: 4. Evacuation

    The reactors are unstable. A “suicide squad” of older workers is sent inside and young staff are evacuated. Pressure levels are dangerously high, raising the chances of another explosion. A drama about the events of March 2011.
    Cast:
    Suto: Togo Igawa
    Akiko: Ami Okumura Jones
    Yoshida: Eiji Mihara
    Prime Minister: Kevin Shen
    Saito: Sadao Ueda
    Shimada: Akira Koieyama
    Ito: Matt McCooey
    Narrator: Romola Garai
    Fukushima is written by Adrian Penketh
    Sound design is by Peter Ringrose
    Produced by Toby Swift and Sasha Yevtushenko
    Commissioned by Simon Pitts for BBC World Service
    Audio for this episode was updated on 4 October 2023.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
168 Ratings

168 Ratings

anadadali ,

A tragic story narrated in the most realistic way possible.

I really enjoyed this podcast. The way the history of the Shah and the Iranian revolution has been narrated sets you in the middle of the whole scene with very sophisticated details.

H Mit ,

Pls get rid of the fake “Japanese accent”

It is an ok program but it’s racist and offensive to let these actors speak with funny accent. It is rude and frankly unbearable.

Gilena Simons ,

So good!

I am a 52 yr old retiree and I learned so much! I would love to see educators play this for their students. Engrossing and educational. Very well done. 👍🏼

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