Thursday, November 23, 2006

XXXV. THE CULT of DOOMWATCH


THE CULT of DOOMWATCH

TX. 21ST November 2006 20.30 ,U.K, BBC4


It was with trepidation I sat and watched this documentary courtesy of BBC4’s British sci-fi strand (thank you for that!). I love this programme so much you see.

Overall I felt the programme to be a half decent primer for an introduction to the series if, criminally, you had never seen it.

It was admirable enough in its retrospective look at the show. There were a few things I was unaware of too, such as the programmes influence on the merits of unleaded petrol and the government warning off doing such a story (bloody hell!) at the time.

Another area thankfully covered was the cool guest appearances, they all seem to have aged well, Robert Powell (wouldn’t he make a fab Who ?) was as enigmatic as ever, Simon Oates still had a glint in his eyes as always and Jean Trend was also such a welcome addition, especially as she was the first ‘emancipated female’ element of Doomwatch.

Bit disappointing though regarding Jeff Nolan who played Geoff Hardcastle and Elizabeth Weaver who played Anne Tarrant, not adding their points of views. I would have loved to have heard their recollections.

John Nolan could have commented if Toby Wren was a hard act to follow and his experiences of being the new sex symbol. I feel Elizabeth Weaver could have added value as many of the stories she appeared in were junked and she oversaw seasons 2 and 3, so it’s not as though either were relegated to a period in Doomwatch that we know nothing/very little of.

Disappointing on the fan front though, Kim Newman classed ‘Tomorrow the Rat’ as a ‘thematic’ sign of the times and quoted ‘Willard’ and Nigel Kneales ‘Beasts’ as comparisons, but failed to highlight that these all were after this Doomwatch episode was broadcast. ‘Willard’, 1971 and ‘Beasts’ 1976 were all successors of this ‘rats have gone mad’ style of storytelling, but this was not mentioned. If it was and I overlooked, then the sincerest of apology, if not – you should’ve.

As for the other guy, Steve O’Brien, an editor of SFX magazine, waxing lyrical about the sexism and how ‘cringe inducing’ it was, I felt this to be a foolish demonstration of his lack of understanding programmes of this calibre and ‘enveloping’ of political correctness; which has destroyed the majority of most programmes today, irrelevant of what genre it is in.

The show was made in the ‘70’s after all, life was like that. Sir, if you cannot watch a programme for what it is and take the genre, time and sociological perspective into consideration then I feel it would be best not to comment at all.

If we take into consideration the real world and avoid the Utopian idealism of a nanny state and political correctness which has totally buggered this country up and obviously doesn’t work (it has created wider gaps in minority culture, made cities into dirty ghettos and has stripped away any identity we have whether immigrant, national or otherwise), I feel this is a most trivial aspect to mention and tiring.

Such sexism still goes on, but not as blatant. I also believe there is a fucking massive gap between genuine misogynistic spite and banter/levity. As with most things in 2006 it all gets blurred into one as people are too incompetent to rely on their own discretions anymore and break down severities. With human beings and what they think individually, now beginning to be controlled by others in more subtle ways, I suppose it is sadly understandable.

I feel to shield women is misogynistic in itself, with an equal society we all should fend for ourselves anyway, equally, so why patronise and highlight ‘special dispensation’ of one of the sexes?

His comments weren’t balanced either, by the ‘clips’, as well as dumb blonde instances where was the balance of Penelope Lees’ fantastic put down of a potential ‘chat up’ in ‘Tomorrow, The Rat’? (“Before you offer to buy me drink I think you ought to know I am not a whore neither am I an easy lay; although I enjoy a man from time to time, you are more than unusually repulsive and you don’t stand a snow balls chance in hell – Push Off!”)

Some of it seemed to revel in those naughty misogynist ‘70’s misconceptions without balance. I suppose they had to up the anti a bit to put us off from realising that comparing 70’s drama to today’s is like comparing a Faberge egg to a turd.

The ‘juicy’ bit in the documentary had to be the recollection of ‘in fighting’ between Terence Dudley and Pedler and Davis. As in my Caligula review (Gore Vidal vs. Bob Guccione) it is quite surprising how something so sweet could turn so sour. Bloody funny though!

This is biased on my part, but I felt more time could have been dedicated to the programme, but overall I think it was informative, well researched and insightful for the time provided.

Also commendation for, I believe it was, BBC Scotland, actually giving a toss about making something about Doomwatch in the first place.

In the trailer it mentioned about why Doomwatch was so important/well received in Canada – was this covered? Does anyone know why? The reason I’d like to know is that if the programme was significantly praised and received by another country maybe, just maybe, they still may have a few episodes that are missing from the u.k archives.

Does anyone know how well the programme was received abroad and if it was exported quite liberally?

So many questions – food for thought for a ‘Doomwatch’ DVD box set release?


Sunday, November 19, 2006

XXXIV. DOOMWATCH (CLASSIC FORGOTTEN T.V) 1970 - 1972 - THIRD SERIES

Arguably one of the weakest seasons according to varied recollections, as there is bugger all to represent it in the archives we will never be able to judge for ourselves. The opening story titled ‘Fire and Brimstone’ saw Dr.Ridge disillusioned with the world around him, holding key cities across the globe to ransom, with phials of anthrax.

Apparently, based on reports, as there are no viewing materials/audio or scripts, the third season steered away from the ‘grittiness’ and the environmental dread aspect for a more ‘personal life’ emphasised plot.

Dr.Anne Tarrant becomes a permanent fixture and marries Quist. The only additional person to the cast, introduced in Season 3, is Commander Neil Stafford.

Stafford is a ‘mole’ planted by the Minister, so Doomwatch is unknowingly placed under political scrutiny. Another area where the third series seemed occupied with, was boardroom drama and political opinion dominating several stories this time around, compared to the last two seasons.

I can’t comment on John Bowns’ performance as Stafford, as I have only seen three episodes that exist and feel it unfair to base any opinion of a character when the resource material is so poorly represented.

Colin Bradley returns and seems to ‘duo’ with Secretary Barbara Mason on a few adventures.

Despite only a few representative episodes of season 3 Doomwatch, I did notice that there is a slight change in atmosphere. In the first two seasons there was strong focus on developing the plot at the Doomwatch offices. More emphasis was on ‘team work’ in the earlier stories. By the third season this seems to shift, become ‘scattered’ some what. There are frequent ‘cosy’ chats between Tarrant and Quist in their new found domesticity and the lab scenes at Doomwatch H.Q become lessened.

For me this seemed to dull down the impact compared to the early series and with only fleeting pop ins’ to the laboratory it seemed sci-fact had become second place to the proceedings.

Such scenes are more intimate and are of some interest on the outset but outstay there welcome and occasionally are merely there to pad out the plotline. The episodes I have seen are very wordy and appear more slower in pace than before.

The dramatics are still of a high calibre and the plots despite being a bit hit and miss , are still interesting enough, but it seems that at this stage in the series’ life, the initial concept of the programme begins to lose direction and foresight.

By the end of the final season Doomwatch was showing signs of flagging. The last series was due to be 13 episodes but only 11 were ever broadcast. ‘Sex and Violence’ was made but was unbroadcast. The main reservation for not screening the episode was that some of the characters bared too strong a resemblance to actual persons in the media e.g. the severely oppressed draconians' Lord Longford and Mary Whitehouse amongst others.

To prevent legal issues the programme remains untransmitted in the U.K to this very day. I believe it was broadcast overseas.

Another reason was the controversial decision to use a real life military execution. Although this would not be an ‘issue’ now, back in the day it may have raised a few corporate eyebrows at the Beeb.

With this episode becoming more and more of a liability the easiest decision was to shelve it.

Unfortunately ‘Sex and Violence’ was also held back from the UK Gold repeats in the mid-1990’s and the episode ‘The Logicians’ was broadcast in its place.

The season’s swansong was to be ‘The Devils Demolition’ but the story never got to the filming stage.

Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis were not very impressed with what the series had become and washed their hands of it. Terence Dudley still pursued with their idea and defended the third season championing the fact that they were still dealing with ‘hot ecological topics’.

This is seemingly true judging by the synopsis we have to go on, however if the episodes that exist are representatives of the season as a whole we can certainly indicate that Doomwatch had lost its impact significantly.

With Dr. Tarrants introduction there appears to be several episodes based on psychological experiments and dishonourable motives on behalf of the practitioner. Although some of these tales are grim in premise as ‘Hair Trigger’, they do have a tendency to wane and flag to the point of interest lost.

There is nothing ‘revelatory’ anymore and this episode in particular could be passed off as melodrama with a fleeting reference to sci-fact, a pale reflection on the previous two seasons.

Other sources indicate that Terence Dudley also moved towards more fantastical elements to draw in the viewers. A couple do sound dubious in their credibility but who am I to sincerely believe this to be the case as all my hypothesis is based upon is a paragraph of words and differing recollections.

I am unsure how much of an impact Commander Stafford had on the season too as the material available either featured him generally being a hindrance or in the background doing very little.

He seems to be a character of interest but we will never get to see just how much of a threat he was to the Doomwatch team and how he fitted in with the dynamics of the other characters. One thing is for sure that Barbara Mason is not a fan and often challenges his motives which he seemingly crawls out of.

A mammoth question mark hangs over the final outing of the Doomwatch team for one fundamental reason – the scarcity of material.

Could there be missing stories? There are rumours, but there always is, that some episodes are lurking about overseas. Doomwatch, despite its varied tales of environmental hazards applicable to most countries in the world, is quintessentially ‘British’ and this may have been a stumbling block for marketing it overseas?

Therefore this makes the dream of ‘stumbling’ upon some season 1 and 3 stories highly remote and virtually an impossibility. We're not talking Doctor Who here!

Unless the series becomes as popular again due to remake or revival, I sincerely doubt anything else much will come to light, which is a crying shame.

A DVD release is so desperately needed but I wouldn’t imagine it to be a priority of the BBC at the moment as they are probably clogged up with releasing mainstream crap to the great unwashed currently in time for Yule.

In 1972 a rival to Hammer studios, Tigon, produced a feature length movie of the television series. The regular cast were represented on the big screen in disappointing cameo appearances and the main roles were played by Ian Bannen and Judy Geeson as Doomwatch scientists from another ‘branch’, totally unrelated to the BBC version.

In 1999, Channel 5 took the initiative and updated the show. Unfortunately it never turned into a series despite the pilots’ potential.

It was above average but like most contemporary programmes lacked solid identity. The theme tune, as all modern shows, is uninspiring noise; the ‘sit-up-and-take-notice’ nuclear bomb/Max Harris credits is sacrificed for CGI and ‘barren’ modernity.

Trevor Eve, he of bland cop show ‘Shoestring’, is fine in the role but is let down by a two dimensional supporting cast featuring the uninspiring ‘tough women who acts like a dyke, but who isn’t’ and the ‘token black/ethnic’. Despite the failings, at least someone tried, and it is such a shame it never took off.

I believe another reason why the plans of a new season were scuppered was due to the lack of finance.

So despite it fading in and out of the ether Doomwatch still leaves a legacy and is an overlooked gift just waiting to be unwrapped once more. With the way in which we are killing the planet it wouldn’t be a moment too soon either.

Some delightful news, as part of BBC4’s Brit Sci-Fi strand they are dedicating a whole thirty minutes to the show hopefully this will be able to fill in further gaps. Don’t forget Tuesday 21st November 2006 at 8.30 p.m, BBC4.

DOOMWATCH

Broadcast: 5th June 1972 to 14th July 1972

Mission Brief

Any Good?

Archive?

Season Three

'Fire and Brimstone'

by Terence Dudley

5th June, 1972 @ 9.20pm - 10.15pm

Terrorism and Environmental Threat – Ridge Goes Loco.

No Sources Available

No - Wiped

'High Mountain'

by Martin Worth

12th June, 1972 @ 9.20pm - 10.10pm

Mental Breakdown, Wonder Drugs, Political Corruption.

No Sources Available

No - Wiped

'Say Knife, Fat Man'

by Martin Worth

19th June, 1972 @ 9.20pm - 10.10pm

Nuclear Hazards, Dirty Bombs

No Sources Available

No - Wiped

'Waiting For a Knighthood'

by Terence Dudley

26th June, 1972 @ 9.20pm - 10.10pm

Lead Poisoning, Processing Dangerous Chemicals and Potential Threat.

An o.k. episode but a bit of a snoozer. Of interest but weak. 5/10

Yes (Broadcast on UK Gold in 1995 – when it was good !)

'Without the Bomb'

by Roger Parkes

3rd July, 1972 @ 9.20pm - 10.10pm

Pheromones, Contraception and Aphrodisiacs.

No Sources Available

No-Wiped

'Hair Trigger'

by Brian Hayles

10th July, 1972 @ 9.20pm - 10.05pm

Lobotomies and Remote Controlled Psychopaths

Enjoyable and thought provoking yarn. Lacks pace. 7/10

Yes (Broadcast on UK Gold in 1995 – when it was good!

'Deadly Dangerous Tomorrow'

by Martin Worth

17th July, 1972 @ 9.20pm - 10.10pm

Malaria, Immigration and the Use of D.D.T

No Sources Available

No-Wiped

'Enquiry'

by John Gould

24th July, 1972 @ 9.20pm - 10.10pm

Toxic Gas. Health and Safety. Corprate Cover-Ups.

No Sources Available

No-Wiped

'Flood'

by Ian Curteis

31st July, 1972 @ 9.20pm - 10.10pm

Extreme Weather Conditions. Global Warming. Thames Flooding.

No Sources Available

No-Wiped

'Cause of Death'

by Louis Marks

7th August, 1972 @ 9.20pm - 10.10pm

Euthanasia & Ethics

No Sources Available

No-Wiped

'The Killer Dolphins'

by Roy Russell

14th August, 1972 @ 9.20pm - 10.10pm

Using and Manipulating Animals as Saboteurs and Killers.

No Sources Available

No-Wiped

'Sex and Violence'

by Steward Douglass

Untransmitted.

Pollution of the Mind. Does Sex and Violence in the Media Truly Affect Society?

An absolutely first class episode. The writing, direction and plot content are first class. 10/10

Yes – only aired overseas and never shown in Britain.

'The Devil's Demolition'

by Wolf Rilla

Untransmitted

Cancelled

No Sources Available

Never got to the production stage.

Season Three Regulars;

John Paul (Doctor Spencer Quist), Simon Oates (John Ridge), John Barron (The Minister), Elizabeth Weaver (Doctor Anne Tarrant), Joby Blanshard (Colin Bradley), Vivian Sherrard (Barbara Mason), John Bown (Commander Neil Stafford).

Produced by Terence Dudley

The Other Bits……………………..

Doomwatch – The Movie

A remote island village... A team of intrepid scientists... A terrifying secret...

When grossly oversized fish are caught by fishermen off the shore of Balfe, a remote and isolated island, the governmental watchdog agency known as Doomwatch is called in to investigate. Doctor Del Shaw finds that the village community is exhibiting higher than average incidents of a horrifically disfiguring condition known as acromegaly, he soon discovers that the condition is being caused by the military; illegally dumping chemicals in the surrounding waters of the island, turning the people who eat the fish into cannibalistic mutants.

Ian Bannen (Doctor Del Shaw), Judy Geeson (Victoria Brown), John Paul (Doctor Quist), Simon Oates (Doctor Ridge), Jean Trend (Doctor Fay Chantry), Joby Blanshard (Bradley), George Sanders (The Admiral), Percy Herbert (Hartwell), Shelagh Fraser (Mrs Straker), Geoffrey Keen (Sir Henry Layton), Joseph O'Conor (Vicar), Norman Bird (Brewer), Constance Chapman (Miss Johnson), Michael Brennan (Tom Straker), James Cosmo (Bob Gillette), Cyril Cross (George), Geoff L'Cise (Don), George Woodbridge (Ferry Skipper), Jerome Willis (Lieutenant Commander Tavenar), Jeremy Child (David Broome), Brian Anthony (Brian Murray), Rita Davies (Mrs Murray), Walter Turner (Mr Murray), Paddy Ryan (Grandfather Murray), Reg Lever (Sam), James Mellor (First Man), Eamonn Boyce (Second Man), Paul Humpoletz (Third Man), Pam St. Clement (Young Woman), Katherine Parr (Middle-Aged Woman)

Directed by Peter Sasdy

Produced by Tony Tenser

Made by Tigon British Film Productions Ltd

Released:

1972

Running Time:

92 minutes

Featuring; Doctor Spencer Quist, Doctor John Ridge, Colin Bradley and Doctor Fay Chantry, and introducing Doctor Del Shaw

Doomwatch – Winter Angel (1999 Channel 5 Pilot Episode)


DOOMWATCH (Pilot)

Broadcast; 7th December 1999

Mission Brief

Any Good?

Archive?

Winter Angel by John Howlet and Ian McDonald.

7th December 1999 @ 9 p.m

Pilot Episode Runs for Approx. 100 minutes

Dr.Neil Tannahill is contacted by Quist. An investigation is needed into rogue nuclear waste and some dodgy Russian dealings.

It tries and is not a bad attempt but there are definite some fine tunings necessary. More noise, more action, more pennies and more contemporary….not always necessarily a good thing. Annoyingly not developed into a series. 7/10

Yes.

Only shown the once, unavailable on alternative forms of media.

So there we are, an insight into what could be contested as one of the most influential and genuinely prophetic series of all time, so far.

Bring it back please and next time leave the opening music as it is/was but update the visuals, remember all ‘well loved’ and ‘well remembered’ television programmes always deserve their own signature tune.

Thanks for the interest and if you have any source material to fill in the gaps - please enlighten.

XXXIII. DOOMWATCH (CLASSIC FORGOTTEN T.V) 1970 - 1972 - SECOND SERIES


As mentioned the ending of season one ended with a bang and it was the aftermath that formed the plot of the first story of season 2. Quist is wracked with guilt and cannot come to terms with Wrens death. Ridge taunts him about the disaster and holds him entirely responsible, paving the way for some excellent drama between the two main leads.

‘You Killed Toby Wren’ was a superb opening story that highlighted the intricate and complex dynamics involving the Doomwatch team personally, without over saturating the plot. Also introduced is the new ‘Wren’ substitute- Geoff Hardcastle. Fresh faced graduating scientist, Hardcastle, stumbles across some sick genetic engineering and with the assistance of his colleagues begins to delve deeper.

Thus the very first story got underway of Doomwatchs’ second outing. Although some of the stories this time around are undoubtedly ingenious I noticed overall they steer away from being too prophetic, which is a shame as this worked so well in the first season.

Fortunately in the second series of Doomwatch the transition from the 'old' to the 'new' and involvement of fresh ‘leads’ is a subtle one. The secretary changes as bubbly blonde Pat Hunnisett leaves and is replaced by the raven haired Barbara Mason. Vivian Sherrard really brings Barbara into her own, not just regulated to serving coffee in a crimpalene mini dress she begins also to help out in some of the cases.

Geoff Hardcastle is another change but due to this character being a bit bland he kind of fades into it all a bit. He simply doesn’t have the charisma of Powell but despite this short change is convincing in his participation at the very least.

The other noticeable addition was a female ‘equal’ to Quist and Ridge in the form of Dr.Fay Chantry. It is alleged that Chantry was brought into the mix in order that women were profiled more ostensibly in the series. Although her performance was good enough there still seemed a ‘hold back’ for the character as though she wasn’t permitted to ‘dominate’ over her male counterparts. BBC politics, scriptwriting, sign of the times, I am not sure and don’t really care as it doesn’t deter from the programmes polished standard.

Another ‘semi-regular’ was Dr. Anne Tarrant played by the erudite Elizabeth Weaver. Tarrant is bought in to sort Quists' head out for him after the Wren tragedy and appears now and again; until she and Quist gets’ hitched in season 3 and eventually becomes a permanent fixture. Tarrant specialises in Psychology and things neurological which gives the script writers to develop some tales of psychological ‘smog’ as well as the pollution that is there in front of our eyes.

As the original series, Doomwatch season 2 wasn’t afraid of tackling grim issues or taking on unscrupulous immoral fat cats of industry. The stories were on occasion decidedly weaker than first time around but still suitably made a point and never failed to deliver on poignancy either.

The series did not end on such a spectacular note as the first but doesn’t lose none of it’s power thanks to John Paul’s’ stunning performance at the end of season two’s ‘Public Enemy’ episode. The way in which the direction compliments the forthcoming speech orated by Quist is spot-on. The season ends with a message from the Doomwatch team lectured to the attendees at a village hall and then finally as Quist looks into the camera – to us.

What is noteworthy is that season 2 has been left unscathed by the merciless wiping policy of the BBC at the time.

These nostalgic nuggets of a ‘green’ first were broadcast on UKGold in the mid nineties – when the station was good! That was the last time it graced our screens sadly.

DOOMWATCH

Broadcast : 14th December 1970 to 22nd March 1971

Mission Brief

Any Good?

Archive?

Season Two





You Killed Toby Wren by Terence Dudley

14th December, 1970 @9.50pm - 10.40pm

Genetic Engineering/ Hybrid Experimentation.

Tip-Top performances by all involved. A nasty twist and intelligent writing. 10/10

Yes (recently repeated on UK Gold in 1995 when the channel was good)

Invasion by Martin Worth

21st December, 1970 @9.50pm - 10.40pm

Bacterial Weapons and Water Supply Contamination via Chemicals.

Brilliant. The scenes of bio-hazard suited men wandering the house are most chilling. 10/10

Yes (recently repeated on UK Gold in 1995 when the channel was good)

The Islanders by Louis Marks

4th January, 1971 @ 9.20pm - 10.10pm

Immigration, Evacuation and the Human Condition. Earthquake.

Decent episode seeing immigrant vulnerability from all sides.7/10

Yes (recently repeated on UK Gold in 1995 when the channel was good)

No Room for Error by Roger Parkes

11th January, 1971 @ 9.20pm - 10.10pm

Wonder Drugs and the Dangers.

Good thought provoking tale. Drags slightly.6/10

Yes (recently repeated on UK Gold in 1995 when the channel was good)

By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Robin Chapman

18th January, 1971 @ 9.20pm - 10.10pm

Extra ‘Y’ Chromosome and Violent Behaviour

Excellent stuff that really makes you think. Some pretty gruesome ‘pranks’ and a fine performance by the young male lead. 8/10

Yes (recently repeated on UK Gold in 1995 when the channel was good)

The Iron Doctor by Brian Hayles

25th January, 1971 @ 9.20pm - 10.10pm

Euthanasia by Computer Decision and Redundancy of the Human Race.

Outstanding and nightmarish vision of potential things to come. 9/10

Yes (recently repeated on UK Gold in 1995 when the channel was good). Also guest-starred Patrick Troughton

Flight into Yesterday by Martin Worth

1st February, 1971 @ 9.20pm - 10.10pm

Devastating Effects of Jet Lag and the Dangerous Side Effects of Time Distortion

Brilliant. A little far fetched but pertinent to everyone. Superb script and groovy ‘lounge’ music too. 10/10

Yes (recently repeated on UK Gold in 1995 when the channel was good)

The Web of Fear by Gerry Davis

8th February, 1971 @ 9.20pm - 10.10pm

Yellow Fever and Deadly Spiders in the Scilly Isles.

Outstanding adventure from Davis. Does not fail on any of the Doomwatch trademarks we have come to know and love.9/10

Yes (recently repeated on UK Gold in 1995 when the channel was good)

In the Dark by John Gould

15th February, 1971 @ 9.20pm - 10.10pm

Mustard Gas and Ethics Regarding Artificial Life Support.

Haunting piece of drama, still relevant and could still touch on a few raw nerves. 7/10

Yes (recently repeated on UK Gold in 1995 when the channel was good)

The Human Time Bomb by Louis Marks

22nd February, 1971 @ 9.20pm - 10.10pm

Urban Neurosis. Mental and Psychological Breakdown Caused By Urbanisation.

More relevant now than at the time this was first shown. Food for thought in our violent/stressed society. Super performance by Jean Trend. 10/10

Yes (recently repeated on UK Gold in 1995 when the channel was good)

The Inquest by Robert Holmes

1st March, 1971 @ 9.20pm - 10.10pm

Rabies Alert! All Dogs and Cats to be Destroyed in a 10 mile Radius.

Excellent drama and an opportunity for Joby Blanshard to shine. Bit talky but engrossing. 7/10

Yes (recently repeated on UK Gold in 1995 when the channel was good)

The Logicians by Dennis Spooner

15th March, 1971 @ 9.20pm - 10.10pm

Technological Brainwashing. Computers that Teach Criminal Superiority to the Young.

Scary stuff, well paced and plotted. Does flag a bit. 6/10

Yes (recently repeated on UK Gold in 1995 when the channel was good)

Public Enemy by Patrick Alexander

22nd March, 1971 @ 9.20pm - 10.10pm

Industrial/Governmental Cover Up. Toxic Gasses and Pollution and its Effects on the Community.

Decent story featuring a young Trevor Bannister. Story a little weak saved by a wonderfully apocalyptic Doomwatch ending speech.

Yes (recently repeated on UK Gold in 1995 when the channel was good).

This saw the bow out of Dr.Fay Chantry and Geoff Hardcastle.

Regular/Semi-Regular Characters of Season 2;

John Paul (Doctor Spencer Quist), Simon Oates (Doctor John Ridge), John Nolan (Geoff Hardcastle), Joby Blanshard (Colin Bradley), Vivian Sherrard (Barbara Mason), John Barron (Minister), Elizabeth Weaver (Doctor Anne Tarrant).

Producer; Terence Dudley

In our final segment we look at Season 3 of Doomwatch. Arguably the weakest of the three and the most hit when it came to junking.

At the end of Season 2 Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis bowed out and it was left to producer Terence Dudley to carry the torch for the environment ………