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Doomwatch: The Plastic Eaters (S1EP1 BBC1 9 Feb 1970, Jennifer Wilson)

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The Plastic Eaters: An airliner bound for San Pedro in South America crashes when all the plastic on board starts to melt. Toby Wren arrives to apply for a job with Dr Quist’s new watchdog group, named Doomwatch, and finds himself despatched to investigate whilst John Ridge looks into the goings on at a laboratory in Beeston.

Regular Cast: John Paul (Doctor Spencer Quist), Joby Blanshard (Colin Bradley), Simon Oates (Doctor John Ridge), Robert Powell (Tobias Wren), Wendy Hall (Pat Hunnisett),

Guest Cast: First Airline Crew: Gracie Luck (First Stewardess), Tony Sibbald (First Captain), Richardson Morgan (First Engineer), Monty Brown (First Co-Pilot); John Barron (The Minister), Christopher Hodge (Commissionaire), Jennifer Wilson (Miss Willis), Michael Hawkins (Jim Bennett), Kevin Stoney (Hal Symonds) Second Airline Crew: Pat Wallen (Second Stewardess), Caroline Rogers (Third Stewardess), John Lee (Second Captain), Eric Corrie (Second Co-Pilot), Edward Dentith (Second Engineer); Andreas Malandrinos, Mike Lewin, Pat Beckett, Toba Laurence, Cynthia Bizeray, Peter Thompson, Michael Earl, Tony Haydon (Passengers)

Writer: Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis / Director: Paul Ciappessoni

Airdate: 9 Feb 1970 on BBC1

Series: Doomwatch Season 1 Episode 1

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