The BBC has shelved its flagship£3m docu-drama about a volcano erupting underneath Yellowstone national park following the Asian tsunami disaster.
The BBC has shelved its flagship£3m docu-drama about a volcano erupting underneath Yellowstone national park following the Asian tsunami disaster.

BBC1 was due to air the two-part Supervolcano, which featured graphic scenes of the aftermath of a huge volcano erupting, at the end of the month but has now decided to postpone it because of current sensitivities.

Sky One was also forced to pull its natural disaster drama Day of Destructionfrom its Christmas line-up following the disaster. Hallmark's two-part disaster movie 10.5, about a huge earthquake striking the west coast of North America, was also dropped.

Meanwhile, Five has commissioned a fast turnaround documentary on the disaster from indie Mentorn. The 60-minute Tsunami - The Day the Wave Struck, ordered by Five senior programme controller Chris Shaw, will be made in conjunction with the National Geographic Channel in the US. It will air at the end of the month.

Channel 4 has ordered a 60-minute Dispatchesspecial from LWT, to be presented by Jon Snow, that will look at the possible consequences for the region while an Equinox special, The Wave that Shook the World, will look at the science behind the tsunami.