R3: The Short Cut (1964)

UK, 26 December
videotape, black and white, 4:3
mono, English
Series: R3 (1964-1965) – series 1, episode 6

A British science fiction television episode directed by Moira Armstrong.

Plot Summary

Dedicated young scientist Dr Wilmer discovers a new substance and tests it on himself. But he experiences terrible side-effects, including disturbing hallucinations.


Director: Moira Armstrong
Producer: Andrew Osborn
Script: Bill Macllwraith
Script Editor/Story Consultant: N.J. Crisp
Music: Ken Thorne
Designer: John Cooper

John Robinson (Sir Michael Gerrard)
Brenda Saunders (Miss Brooks)
Elizabeth Sellars (Dr May Howard)
Richard Wordsworth (Dr Peter Travers)
Moultrie Kelsall (Dr George Fratton)
Simon Lack (Dr Jack Morton)
Edwin Richfield (Pomeroy)
Janet Kelly (Betty Mason)
Derek Benfield (Tom Collis)
Maxwell Foster (Porter)
William Gaunt (Dr Wilmer)
Ronald Lacey (Hugh Cassell)
Hilda Fenemore (Mrs Fields)


Time Screen no.7 (revised) p.24 – note

The Complete Directory to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Television Series pp.636-637 – credits, episode guide, short article
The Encyclopedia of TV Science Fiction (3rd edition) pp.359-363 – credits, episode guide, short article