Doomwatch (1970-1972)

UK, 9 February 1970-14 August 1972
3 series, 38 episodes, average 50m
videotape, 16mm film, colour, 4:3
mono, English

A British science fiction television series created by Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis.

Premise

Government watchdogs The Department for the Observation and Measurement of Science (better known as Doomwatch) monitor “any scientific research, public or private, which would possibly be harmful to Man”. The Doomwatch team investigate a variety of eco-horror scenarios in their efforts to curb the excesses of both government and private business activities.

Episodes

Episodes marked * have been junked and no longer exist in the BBC’s archives

Series One
The Plastic Eaters (9 February 1970)
Friday’s Child (16 February 1970) *
Burial at Sea (23 February 1970) *
Tomorrow, the Rat (2 March 1970)
Project Sahara (9 March 1970)
Re-Entry Forbidden (16 March 1970)
The Devil’s Sweets (23 March 1970)
The Red Sky (6 April 1970)
Spectre at the Feast (13 April 1970) *
Train and De-Train (20 April 1970)
The Battery People (27 April 1970)
Hear No Evil (4 May 1970) *
Survival Code (11 May 1970) *

Series Two
You Killed Toby Wren (14 December 1970)
Invasion (21 December 1970)
The Islanders (4 January 1971)
No Room For Error (11 January 1971)
By the Pricking of My Thumbs… (18 January 1971)
The Iron Doctor (25 January 1971)
Flight Into Yesterday (1 February 1971)
The Web of Fear (8 February 1971)
In the Dark (15 February 1971)
The Human Time Bomb (22 February 1971)
The Inquest (1 March 1971)
The Logicians (15 March 1971)
Public Enemy (22 March 1971)

Series Three
Fire and Brimstone (5 June 1972) *
High Mountain (12 June 1972) *
Say Knife, Fat Man (19 June 1972) *
Waiting for a Knighthood (26 June 1972)
Without the Bomb (3 July 1972) *
Hair Trigger (10 July 1972)
Deadly Dangerous Tomorrow (17 July 1972) *
Enquiry (24 July 1972) *
Flood (31 July 1972) *
Cause of Death (1 August 1972) *
The Killer Dolphins (14 July 1972) *
Sex and Violence (not broadcast)

Sequels
Doomwatch (1972)
Doomwatch: Winter Angel (1999)

References

Periodicals

  • Infinity no.11 (2018) pp.8-11 – illustrated article (The prophets of doom by Richard Molesworth)