The Day They Dropped The Bomb marks the 70th anniversary of the day the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. August 6 1945 marked the start of a terrifying new episode in human history. This documentary gives a minute by minute account of what happened on that tragic day, through people who were there and rarely-seen archive footage from the time. Made on location in Hiroshima and the US, it features unique interviews with eyewitnesses who seldom, if ever, speak, several of whom have since died, including the last surviving member of the crew who dropped the bomb – navigator Dutch Van Kirk.


Narrated by Dominic West

Director: Leslie Woodhead

Producer: Lorraine McKechnie



“Absorbing and devastating” – The Independent

“Masterly documentary” – Mail on Sunday

“Leslie Woodhead’s excellent film tells a horrific story with considerable compassion for all participants.” – The Sunday Times

“A moving minute-by-minute account.” – The Daily Telegraph