Connect with us


1990: Young Sparks (BBC-2 3 Apr 1978, with George Pravda)



In Young Sparks dissident Alan has stepped up his activism, he and his group have kidnapped Pallin, an important foreign trade delegate. He is taken to an ARC to be given “treatment” but he dies whilst on the shock therapy table.

The PCD are convinced that Kyle is involved and decide to interrogate him. Kyle is given a truth drug but manages to reveal very little.

Kyle is convinced that Alan and his new group (he was previously kicked out of Kyle’s main group for being too aggressive) are behind the death of Pallin. He is able to arrange a meeting with Alan’s group and tells them he has negotiated a deal that will see a group of scientists released from an Adult Rehabilitation Centre if they keep quite about what really happened to Pallin. Unfortunately the story gets out and only one scientist gets away.

Now that Kyle and Blake are romantically involved there has been a shift in the dynamic of the series. She and Kyle are basically working together and in doing so their ideals are compromised somewhat.

Alan, who is a thoroughly unlikable character, has a genuine hatred for Kyle and distrusts him hugely, especially over his involvement with Blake. Things take a decidedly nasty turn when Alan kidnaps Lynn intending to take her for “treatment” to an ARC. Kyle and Brett mount a rescue attempt.

As the season moves towards it’s climax the stakes are being raising again. Alan and his group are just one of many dissident groups around the country coalescing under the name Pentagon (because only five people are allowed to gather for a meeting at any one time), Skardon is finding his role more and more difficult and Kyle and Lynn both need to tread very carefully.

1990 Young Sparks

Kyle tries to give the troublesome Alan some advice but it falls on deaf ears.

classic quote
“Somewhere there is a whole series of one way mirrors and somebody sits behind each one. Staring through the silvered glass at somebody on the other side. While that person, in turn, is watching somebody else. Nobody laughs. All straightfaced and reflecting. The last watches the first. They all think it’s bad and what they don’t seem to know is that above their heads is a huge magnifying glass through which peers a vast unblinking eye.”

production details
UK / BBC Two / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 3 April 1978 at 8.10pm

Writer: Jim Hawkins / Production Design: Michael Young / Director: Kenneth Ives

Series: 1990 Season 2 Episode 7

Edward Woodward as Jim Kyle
Tony Doyle as Dave Brett
Robert Lang as Herbert Skardon
Lisa Harrow as Lynn Blake
Adam Bareham as Alan
George Pravda as Pallin
Julia Schofield as Liz
Yvonne Mitchell as Kate Smith
William Wilde as Riley
Peter Clay as Mayers
Martin Fisk as Sanders
David McKail as Inspector Macrae