Deadly Dangerous Tomorrow (Doomwatch Scripts)
DEADLY DANGEROUS TOMORROW is a compilation of six scripts for episodes from the legendary 1970s BBC drama series DOOMWATCH which no longer exist in the BBC's archives as they were considered to be of no further commercial value.
Doomwatch is a team of government scientists who investigate current scientific and technological research which could prove hazardous to Mankind. Unloved by industry and governments alike, it is headed by the Nobel Prize winning physicist Dr. Spencer Quist, a man who never forgot that he was one of those who had helped to create the first atomic bomb. His crusade was to prevent a deadly, dangerous tomorrow...
The scripts included in this volume are:
Spectre at the Feast by Terence Dudley
Dr. Quist convenes an anti-pollution conference in the luxurious Jayson's Hotel but some of the delegates begin to fall ill and experience terrifying hallucinations. Food poisoning? Or are they being targeted by one of the worst polluters in the country: Newington Chemicals?
Fire and Brimstone by Terence Dudley
The strain of preventing environmental catastrophe in the face of governmental indifference proves too much for Dr. John Ridge and he suffers from what appears to be a nervous breakdown. He steals phials of anthrax from Porton Down and tries to shock the Governments of the world into acting now before it is too late.
High Mountain by Martin Worth
Doomwatch is finished and Dr. Quist is facing an uncertain future. He receives an offer to spend a weekend with the family of a rich industrialist in Scotland where he receives an extraordinary job offer, one with much power. But with it comes a catch, and Quist has to rely on help from a very unlikely source.
Say Knife, Fat Man by Martin Worth
A consignment of plutonium is hijacked and all the evidence points to London gangsters in league with a foreign power wanting nuclear weapons. Or is that what they are meant to think? Who else would want to build a nuclear bomb in the heart of England?
Deadly Dangerous Tomorrow by Martin Worth
A family of sick Asians, recently smuggled into the country, are found squatting in a tent in St James Park, next to Buckingham Palace. Who is behind this appalling publicity stunt and what connection does it have with an American mission to ban the pesticide D.D.T.?
Flood by Ian Curteis
Two flood warnings over two successive nights in London is more than just a coincidence and Doomwatch are ordered by the Minister to explore every possibility in just a couple of hours. Is this a natural or a man-made phenomena? As London is put on full Flood Alert, the problem for Quist and the team appears to be that the Minister already knows the answer.
These stories from the first and third series of Doomwatch are the only way to enjoy the episodes which no longer exist in the BBC archives. They have been constructed from a mixture of rehearsal and camera scripts along with notable camera directions giving a flavour of what the episodes may have looked like on transmission.. High Mountain appears as both rehearsal and camera scripts since many changes were made during the transition. Each story comes with a set of footnotes, explaining the background and references that would have been familiar to viewers of the time. Also included are extracts from promotional material for the third series written by Terence Dudley, and letters by Martin Worth.