- Darker and Edgier: This is REALLY disturbing since it's being compared to The Day After!
- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: If you are a cynical soul, you will likely experience this as you watch the film. Then again, the whole point of this film is to demonstrate that in the event of a nuclear war, there will be no happy ending in the aftermath.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: When Jimmy learns that Ruth is pregnant, she tries to calm him down, saying "It's not the end of the world". Three weeks later...
- Memetic Mutation: Anne Sellors, whose acting career begins and ends with her role in this film as "woman who urinates herself".
- "There was the skeleton of...a cat! A cat's...skeleton!"
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: No matter what those "Protect and Survive" booklets issued by the government told you, the UK government expected at least 20-25% of her own population to die in a 'minimal' nuclear exchange (of the kind needed merely to put her out of the war). The rest would not be very well off, for that matter. This needed to be said, and this film said it loudly and without any sugaring.
- Squick: The radiation sickness scenes are major examples of this.