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The Test (BBC Scifi, Nicholas Selby, Jack Stewart)



Scifi drama The Test was an entry in The Sunday Night Play strand and detailed the stress filled life of scientist Doctor Armstrong (Nicholas Selby) preparing a top secret project. Armstrong is being pressured by the Government to carry out tests before all calculations and checks have been made.

The drama was based on the novel Breakdown by Patrick Marsh. Location filming took place at Beachy Head and at the U.S. Air Base at Mildenhall.

Cast: Nicholas Selby (Doctor Armstrong), Gary Watson (Captain Snell), Sheila Ballantine (Mary Armstrong), Frederick Rawlings (Special Branch Man), Jack Stewart (Ian Campbell), Alexander Donald (Installation Guard), Margaret St. Barbe West (Mrs Johnson), William Kendall (Biggs), Jack May (Wilson), Jocelyne Page (Miss Sheppard), Charles Gilbert (Station Official), Blake Butler (Parnell), Victor Brooks (Stevens), Gillian Raine (Miriam Kiall), John Arnatt (Superintendent Harding), Lockwood West (Minister), Julia Worth (Nurse)

Writers: William Bast, Donald Bull / Producer: Alan Bromly

UK / BBC / 1×75 minutes / Saturday 5 November 1961 at 8.00pm