On Monday, 9 February 1970, a new television series made its debut on BBC1. Taking modern life and technology as a springboard, Doomwatch presented a weekly dose of thrills as a small group investigated and made safe threats from everything from a plastic eating virus to killer rats and bombs! Indeed the very name of the series has become synonymous with imagined or real threats to human life from technology, nature and science.
This is the story of Doomwatch. From its origins in 1968, through its rocky production with many disagreements between production staff, to an eventual film and cancellation in 1972.
Includes full transmission details and notes on every story, details of unmade scripts, and the spin-off books and film.
‘Truly an excellent reference work.’ Amazon Review
585pp. 6×9 paperback edition.
Published 30 March 2020
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Michael Seely lives and works in Norwich in a place Doomwatch very nearly investigated in the series …
He followed the original publication of Prophets of Doom with a well-received but now out of print biography of Dr Kit Pedler, one of the steering forces behind Doomwatch, and co-creator of the Cybermen in Doctor Who.
He also wrote the biography of renowned television director Douglas Camfield and recently assisted former Doctor Who actor John Levene with his autobiography Run the Shadows, Walk the Sun.
Phil Ware is a jazz pianist, educator, composer, arranger and producer. Born in London but resident in Dublin since 2000, he grew up in the wilds of Lincolnshire, an experience that haunts him to this day. Having initially decided on a career in TV, he became a professional musician instead after discovering that he could still enjoy late nights without that tiresome business of having to get up early the following morning.
Fascinated with genre television and film from an extremely young age, his first professional writing was for Fear magazine while still a schoolboy. More recently, he has co-written, overseen and edited various titles as a director of Miwk Publishing.