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Doomwatch: By the Pricking of My Thumbs… (S2EP5 BBC1 18 Jan 1971, Bernard Hepton)

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By the Pricking of My Thumbs…: “It’s ironic, really, that images as beautiful as these should come from the blood of violent men.”

Sixteen year old Stephen Franklin may have a slight abnormality of his hands, but suddenly he is expelled from his local comprehensive school after being involved in a laboratory prank. His father, journalist Oscar Franklin, claims that this is because of an obscure genetic defect – an extra Y chromosome – found after his son’s blood test by a scientist called Ensor.

Regular Cast: John Paul (Dr. Spencer Quist), Simon Oates (Dr. John Ridge), John Nolan (Geoff Hardcastle), Jean Trend (Dr. Fay Chantry), Vivien Sherrard (Barbara Mason)

Guest Cast: Bernard Hepton (Oscar Franklin), Patsy Byrne (Mary Franklin), Martin Howells (Jenkins), Barry Stokes (Stephen Franklin), David Janson (MacPherson), Robert Yetzes (Painton), Olaf Pooley (Ensor), Colin Jeavons (Botting), David Jarrett (Avery), Sally Thomsett (Judy Franklin), Julie May (Woman Shopper), Paula Smith (Ground Hostess), Patrick Milner (Airport Policeman)

Writer: Robin Chapman / Director: Eric Hills

Airdate: 18 Jan 1971 on BBC1

Series: Doomwatch Season 2 Episode 5

Show Info: Scifi drama series. The Government sets up a special department to counteract unwanted scientific development.