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Alternative 3 (1977)

TV Movie  |   |  Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  20 June 1977 (UK)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Brinton ...
Gregory Munroe ...
Colin Benson
Carol Hazell ...
Katherine White
Bob Grodin
Dr. Carl Gerstein
David Baxt ...
Alec Linstead ...
Professor Broadbent
Norman Chancer ...
Charles Welbourne
Anthony Roye ...
Robert Hendry
Patsy Trench ...
Dr. Ann Clarke
Harry's Girlfriend
Ivor Roberts ...
George Pendlebury
Linda Cunningham ...
Nancy Adams ...
Doreen Patterson
Jonathan Hieatt-Smith ...
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20 June 1977 (UK)  »

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Science Report  »

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Richard Marner didn't rehearse his lines to make the delivery appear as natural as possible. See more »


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Here's a letter from the author
1 February 2006 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The film is associated with a book by a guy called Leslie Watkins. It was all meant as a hoax, but Watkins later decided that maybe he had accidentally hit on something. He published the following letter to the editor of Windwords magazine in response to certain questions from her:

Dear Ms. Dittrich:

Thank you for your letter, which reached me today. Naturally, I am

delighted by your interest in Alternative 3 and by the fact that you

plan to sell it in the Windwords bookstore. I will certainly

cooperate in any way I can.

The correct description of Alternative 3 was given to you by the

representative from Penguin Books. The book is based on fact, but

uses that fact as a launchpad for a HIGH DIVE INTO FICTION. In answer to your specific questions:

1) There is no astronaut named Grodin.

2) There is no Sceptre Television and the reported Benson is also


3) There is no Dr. Gerstein.

4) Yes, a "documentary" was televised in June 1977 on Anglia

Television, which went out to the entire national network in

Britain. It was called Alternative 3 and was written by David

Ambrose and produced by Christopher Miles (whose names were on

the book for contractual reasons). This original TV version,


which had been scheduled for transmission on April Fools' Day.

Because of certain problems in finding the right network slot,

the transmission was delayed.

The TV program did cause a tremendous uproar because viewers refused

to believe it was fiction. I initially took the view that the basic

premise was so way-out, particularly the way I aimed to present it in

the book, that no one would regard it as non-fiction. Immediately

after publication, I realized I was totally wrong. In fact, the

amazing mountains of letters from virtually all parts of the world-

including vast numbers from highly intelligent people in positions of

responsibility-convinced me that I had ACCIDENTALLY trespassed into a

range of top-secret truths.

Documentary evidence provided by many of these correspondents decided

me to write a serious and COMPLETELY NON-FICTION sequel.

Unfortunately, a chest containing the bulk of the letters was among

the items which were mysteriously LOST IN TRANSIT some four years when I moved from London, England, to Sydney, Australia, before I moved on to settle in New Zealand. For some time after Alternative 3 was

originally published, I have reason to suppose that my home telephone

was being tapped and my contacts who were experienced in such matters

were convinced that certain intelligence agencies considered that I

probably knew too much.

So, summing up, the book is FICTION BASED ON FACT. But I now feel

that I inadvertently got VERY CLOSE TO A SECRET TRUTH. I hope this is of some help to you and I look forward to hearing from you again.

With best wishes,

Leslie Watkins

So, that's what leslie Watkins says. How extraordinary now that Global Warming transpires to be real, and may well destroy the world. I hope I won't be around to witness it.

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