'Coronation Street' producer Phil Collinson has come under fire from angry fans over the tram crash storyline in which four funerals were promised by the trailers, yet only two major characters died ( the others being extras ). I have a lot of respect for him - he produced the successful 2005 revival of 'Dr.Who' - but here he overstepped the mark. A broken promise is a broken promise ( he should consider joining the Con-Dems! )
This review is going to be tricky as I have not seen the episode in question ( and cannot now as it was wiped by the B.B.C. ) but I have read the script and seen photographs, so - for better or for worse - here are my thoughts on the subject: the story opens at a London party at which teenagers are dancing to 'I Feel Free' by Cream and imbibing - free of charge - vast quantities of a new fizzy lemonade called 'Rave'. It has been organised by its makers - D.K. Soft Drinks. Suddenly, the kids turn violent, and smash the place up. Among them is 'Georgina Jones' ( Juliet Harmer ). The police arrests the rampaging youths. Adam bails her out of jail and asks what happened. She does not remember. When she produces a bottle of Rave from her handbag, he has it analysed
the smell is enough to turn 'Simms' ( Jack May ) unnaturally
aggressive. Adam deduces that the drink has been exposed to a new type of gas. He pays a call on the head of D.K. Soft Drinks - 'D.K. Davis' ( Peter Bowles ). The company is merely a front; he is a ruthless arms dealer who plans on using the drink to make people aggressive and ensure a steady demand for his weapons...
Ian Stuart Black, the writer of this episode, worked on numerous adventure shows of the period, including 'The Champions', 'The Saint', and 'Dr.Who'. He was a bit ahead of his time with this story - alco-pops were thirty or so years in the future. Peter Bowles played villains in four 'Avengers' stories - 'Second Sight', 'Dial A Deadly Number', 'Escape In Time' and 'Get-A-Way!' so it is not surprising to see him in 'A.A.L'. His character is obsessed with war and when he is not planning on starting real ones is to be found playing with toy soldiers in his flat. The climax has Adam and Georgina in a room with the anarchy gas gushing through a nozzle in the wall. Adam twists the nozzle round so that it pumps the stuff back into Davis' office, turning him and Dr.Loton ( Meredith Edwards ) - the gas' inventor - violent.
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