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Doomwatch: Public Enemy (S2EP13 BBC1 22 Mar 1971, Glyn Houston)



Public Enemy: “At the rate we’re going … at the rate we’re polluting … overcrowding … chemicals … noise … we’ve got thirty years. Thirty years of slow, dirty dying.”

When a boy retrieving a ball from a factory roof and then a man at work on a chimney have their lungs burnt out, Doomwatch investigates pollution from a new chemical process introduced at the northern firm of Carlingham Alloys, with respect to the factory’s waste disposal and ventilation systems. But the workforce are not happy that Quist’s team are threatening their jobs.

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

Guest Cast: Glyn Houston (Gerald Marlowe), Trevor Bannister (Lewis), Derek Benfield (Arnold Payne) with John Trayhorn (Jimmy Brookes), Terry Bale (Walsh), Roy Purcell (Dr. Barton), Rhoda Lewis (Mrs. Freeman), Barbara Bolton (Mrs. Jones), Bill Weston (Nicholls), Norman Florence (Donovan), Frances Pidgeon (Secretary), Michael Elwyn (Duncan)

Writer: Patrick Alexander / Director: Lennie Mayne

Airdate: 22 Mar 1971 on BBC1

Series: Doomwatch Season 2 Episode 13

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