This is the second of two UK documentaries which investigated the past activities of the UK Government’s Biological Warfare facility at Porton Down, Wiltshire.
It includes details of: the Lyme Bay Trials, during which Porton scientists repeatedly sprayed massive amounts of live bacteria (E.coli MRE 162 and Bacillus subtilis) across Southern England.
The mysterious ‘dual-use’ Biological Warfare research aircraft (Canberra WV787, aka ‘The Icing Tanker Aircraft’); the previously unknown series of releases of live bacteria across Southern England, which were conducted during demonstrations for the UK Military in 1968; the joint UK and USA germ warfare detection experiments, conducted in South Dorset during 1971 and a previously unknown series of joint UK and USA germ warfare detection experiments which were conducted in South Dorset during 1975 (the DICE Trials).
The programme also contains a remarkable interview with Professor Brian Spratt FRS, who in 1999 was commisioned by the UK Ministry of Defense to conduct an Independent Review of the Lyme Bay Trials (renamed in 1997 by Porton as the Dorset Defense Trials).
During the interview Prof. Spratt reveals that he was not informed by the MOD of the existence of both the 1968 experiments and the 1975 joint UK USA germ warfare detection experiments. The program reveals that limited experiments, such as those conducted at Royal Mail Sorting Offices at Nottingham, Sheffield and London during November 2001, continue. Indeed, in 1999 Porton admitted that Government Ministers refused to rule out conducting larger scale public area experiments in the future.