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Doomwatch: Hair Trigger (S3EP6 BBC1 10 Jul 1972, Barry Jackson)

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Hair Trigger: “Man isn’t born free. For him … the dreadful has already happened. He has to live with the nightmare, or rise above it. And natural evolution is too slow.”

Anne Tarrant goes to investigate a research unit where patients with personality disorders and epilepsy are to have their conditions improved by temporal lobotomies. But there are side effects too. People can be balanced so that a single phrase can turn them into killers.

Regular Cast: John Paul (Dr. Spencer Quist), John Barron (The Minister), Elizabeth Weaver (Dr. Anne Tarrant), John Bown (Cmdr. Neil Stafford), Vivien Sherrard (Barbara Mason)

Guest Cast: Michael Hawkins (Beavis), Barry Jackson (Dr. McEwan), Morris Perry (Prof. Hetherington), Pamela Saire (Miss Abrahams), Damon Sanders (Robbie), Gillian Lewis (Emily), Victor Platt (Police Inspector), Dan Caulfield (Policeman)

Writer: Brian Hayles / Director: Quentin Lawrence

Airdate: 10 Jul 1972 on BBC1

Series: Doomwatch Season 3 Episode 6

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