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Tsunami: the Day the Wave Struck (10pm National Geographic)

Duncan Ridgely, a survivor of the Asian tsunami that struck on Boxing Day, puts it simply but effectively: "I was suddenly in a nightmare." His recollec-tions are typical of the often moving accounts that make up this documentary. The programme draws on the testimony of holidaymakers as well as utilising amateur camcorder footage to help tell the story of the most appalling natural catastrophe of modern times, a disaster that has prompted an unprece-dented charitable response from people around the world.

The film presents many tales overlooked in the frenzy of the initial news coverage, some of quite outstanding bravery. Sadly, it also reveals accounts of families and communities ripped apart by the extraordinary ferocity of the unexpected tidal wave. Some villages were levelled and those that survived may take generations to recover from the terrible impact.

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