Doomwatch (1970–2016)
A military plane ditches into the sea whilst carrying three nuclear weapons on board. While the RAF mounts a search mission, an unidentified object is washed up on the shore near Byfield ... See full summary »

Director:

Hugh David

Writers:

Gerry Davis (by), Gerry Davis (series devised by) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Episode cast overview:
John Paul John Paul ... Dr. Spencer Quist
Simon Oates Simon Oates ... Dr. John Ridge
Joby Blanshard ... Colin Bradley
Robert Powell ... Tobias Wren
Wendy Hall Wendy Hall ... Pat Hunisett
Ray Brooks ... Geoff Harker
Donald Morley ... Air Commodore Parks
Hamilton Dyce Hamilton Dyce ... Minister
Robert Cartland Robert Cartland ... Commander Sefton
Tommy Godfrey Tommy Godfrey ... Sam Billings
Stephanie Turner ... Toni Harker
Edwin Brown ... Len White
John Dawson John Dawson ... Chief Superintendent Charles
Colin Rix Colin Rix ... Wing Commander
David St. John David St. John ... 1st Man on Pier
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Storyline

A military plane ditches into the sea whilst carrying three nuclear weapons on board. While the RAF mounts a search mission, an unidentified object is washed up on the shore near Byfield pier on the south coast of England. It is found by two men, Geoff Harker and Sam Billings, who decide that it must be a weather detecting device, and so begin to strip it down for parts. Toby is sent to investigate the device, but he soon finds himself faced with the terrifying prospect of disarming a very live bomb.

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Sci-Fi | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1970 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

This episode was wiped by the BBC at some point before the corporation audited its archives in 1978. There is currently no known copy of this edition in existence, although around three and a half minutes of the closing sequence is preserved at the start of the following installment. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Spencer Quist: [Quist advises Wren, who is attempting to defuse a one megaton hydrogen bomb] Toby - listen. If I'm right, and I don't know this particular weapon remember - we have twenty-five minutes, plus or minus. Then... we're due for either a conventional explosion or the full nuclear holocaust.
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