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Doombeach (1989)

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13 year-old Gavin ends up in the wrong school after an administrative error from social services. He starts playing truant with a gang of younger kids, but when one of his new friends falls... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Coster Jeremy Coster ... Gavin
Glenda Jackson ... Miss
Donna Taibe Donna Taibe ... Terri
Alex Mitchell Alex Mitchell ... Mark
Michael Sheard ... Headmaster
James Brown James Brown ... Steve
Timothy Brown Timothy Brown ... Richard
Amaia Díaz Amaia Díaz ... Jo
Nicola Duncan Nicola Duncan ... Niki
Jordan Bhatt Jordan Bhatt ... Zit
Elsbeth Benjafield Elsbeth Benjafield ... Gavin's Mum (as Elspeth Benjafield)
Kairen Kemp Kairen Kemp ... Shirley
Peter Marshall Peter Marshall ... TV Presenter 1
Emma Freud Emma Freud ... TV Presenter 2
Matthew Zajac ... Photographer
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13 year-old Gavin ends up in the wrong school after an administrative error from social services. He starts playing truant with a gang of younger kids, but when one of his new friends falls ill after swimming in the ocean, he suspects a nearby power station is leaking radioactive waste into the sea. After stirring some unsympathetic attention, Gavin attempts to take matters into his own hands. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Gavin: [Automatically locked in the reactor, sees his friends ghost] They got us both! At least they'll remember us
[ghost shakes head]
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Kids fight against pollution. Hey it has Michael Sheard from Star Wars in it....
7 March 2006 | by jordan-battSee all my reviews

When his mother becomes pregnant, their social worker prescribes a seaside holiday in care for 12-year-old Gavin (Jeremy Coaster), while his mother stays with her sister.

It is still summer term, so the only holidays Gavin enjoys are when truanting from the junior school to which an administrative error has sent him. His only school friend is eight-year-old Terri (Donna Tribe), tomboy leader of the local "mafia", who claims Gavin as her boyfriend, much to his disgust.

After swimming at the beach one day, Mark, a young member of the gang, develops paralysis – and while the adults diagnose natural causes, Gavin, who has "done conservation" at school, suspects pollution.

With the help of Miss Ricketts (Glenda Jackson), one of the more caring teachers, the children realise that accidental leakage from the nearby nuclear power station could be a factor. A suspicion compounded by the discovery of a diseased fish washed ashore.

When Mark dies, the kids know they must prove that the power station has something to hide. Aided by Miss Ricketts, who has been sacked from her post, they prepare to visit the area with a Geiger counter...


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