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Doomwatch: The Islanders (S2EP3 BBC1 4 Jan 1971, George A. Cooper)

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The Islanders: “You say if we go back out lives will be shortened. What if we stay here? Isn’t it the same? The air you breathe here … and the food you eat … all the chemicals … I don’t know how much but aren’t there poisons here too? Don’t you die younger because of them?”

Recent earth tremors in the area of the tiny pacific island of St. Simon prompt the government to evacuate the outpost’s two hundred inhabitants to the mainland. But once in the metropolis of London, the islanders find they are joke fodder and curios. More importantly, the culture shock to them could be deadly.

Regular Cast: John Paul (Dr. Spencer Quist), Simon Oates (Dr. John Ridge), Joby Blanshard (Colin Bradley)

Guest Cast: David Buck (Isaac), George A. Cooper (Thomas), Charles Rea (Inspector), Shelagh Fraser (Joan), Geraldine Sherman (Alice), Geoffrey Chater (Mullery), Rachel Treadgold (Miss Marshall), George Waring (Busby), Robert Sansom (Dr. Somerville), Geoffrey Davison, Ian Mackenzie and Guy Graham (Islanders)

Writer: Louis Marks / Director: Jonathan Alwyn

Airdate: 4 Jan 1971 on BBC1

Series: Doomwatch Season 2 Episode 3

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