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1 - The Plastic Eaters

Original title : The Plastic Eaters
First Aired : 09.02.1970 (UK)
Director : Paul Ciappessoni
Writing credits : Kit Pedler, Gerry Davis
Cast : Michael Hawkins (Jim Bennett), Tony Sibbald (Captain, First Airline , Crew), Monty Brown (Co-Pilot, First Airline , Crew), Gracie Luck (Stewardess, First Airline , Crew), Richardson Morgan (Engineer, First , Airline Crew), John Lee (Captain, Second Airline , Crew), Eric Corrie (Co-Pilot, Second Airline , Crew), Pat Wallen (Stewardess, Second Airline , Crew), Caroline Rogers (Stewardess, Second , Airline Crew), Edward Dentith (Engineer, Second , Airline Crew), Christopher Hodge (Commissionaire), John Barron (The Minister), Andreas Malandrinos (Airline , Passenger), Mike Lewin (Airline Passenger), Pat Beckett (Airline Passenger), More ()

The Story : What if a man-made virus with the power to melt all plastic became as infectious as the common cold? When a plane crashes in South America, in quite extraordinary circumstances, it's up to Dr Quist's team to avert further disaster.

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2 - Friday's Child

Original title : Friday's Child
First Aired : 16.02.1970 (UK)
Director : Paul Ciappessoni
Writing credits : Harry Green
Cast : Margaret John (Defending Solicitor), Richard Caldicot (Gwilliam), Susan Lawrence (Passer-By), John Tucker (Shopkeeper), Delia Paton (Mrs. Norman), Bill Straiton (Det.-Sgt.), Mary Holland (Mrs. Patrick), Alex Scott (Dr. Patrick), John Graham (I) (Prosecuting Solicitor)

The Story : Dr. Quist becomes embroiled in an enquiry into the heart transplanting practices of Dr Patrick. What has he been doing to a new-born baby that has been placed in his care, and should genetic engineering be permitted in society?

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3 - Burial at Sea

Original title : Burial at Sea
First Aired : 23.02.1970 (UK)
Director : Jonathan Alwyn
Writing credits : Dennis Spooner
Cast : Steve Emerson (Lifeboatman), John Savident (The Minister), John Horsley (Astley), Venetia Maxwell (Nurse), Alec Ross (Superintendent), John Stone (II) (Johnny Clive), Gerald Sim (Dr. Collinson), Brian Spink (Peter Hazlewood), Julian Barnes (Cobie Vale), Nova Sainte-Claire (Angela Connor), Peter Copley (Tranton)

The Story : When a lifeboat crew discovers a luxury cruiser adrift in the English Channel, they find on board are a group of wealthy popstars and their girlfriends, one of whom is dead. The Doomwatch team investigates, and uncovers the facts behind the dumping of a deadly chemical warfare compound in a deep sea trench, which seems to be far from dormant.

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4 - Tomorrow, the Rat

Original title : Tomorrow, the Rat
First Aired : 02.03.1970 (UK)
Director : Terence Dudley
Writing credits : Terence Dudley
Cast : Penelope Lee (Dr. Mary Bryant), John Berryman (Reporter), Marcelle Samett (Nurse), Ian Elliot (Ambulance Driver), Ray Roberts (Fred Chambers), Robert Sansom (Dr. Hugh Preston), Eileen Helsby (Joyce Chambers), Stephen Dudley (Small Boy), Hamilton Dyce (Minister)

The Story : Genetic engineering? Tampering with nature in a quest to make Superman? The experimentation is still only being carried out on rats, but with dangerous, and deadly results...

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5 - Project Sahara

Original title : Project Sahara
First Aired : 09.03.1970 (UK)
Director : Jonathan Alwyn
Writing credits : Gerry Davis
Cast : Philip Brack (Jack Voster), Peter Hawkins (Computer Voice), John Linares (Young Man), Nigel Stock (Commander Keeping), Margaret Pilleau (Computer Technician), Hildegarde Neil (Dr. Stella Robson), Erik Chitty (Old Man), Robert James (Barker)

The Story : Doctor Robson joins the Doomwatch team to undertake tests on the new ‘Sahara’ spray, which is apparently capable of destroying all plant life on the planet. Quist and his team discover that a new computerised security system has become far too powerful, and is making its own decisions about government personnel.

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6 - Re-Entry Forbidden

Original title : Re-Entry Forbidden
First Aired : 16.03.1970 (UK)
Director : Paul Ciappessoni
Writing credits : Don Shaw
Cast : Joseph Fürst (Charles Goldsworthy), James Burke (II) (BBC Man, London), Michael Aspel (BBC Man, Houston), John Kidd (Johnson), Grant Taylor (Colonel Kramer), Kevin Scott (Gus Clarke), Michael McGovern (Dick Larch), Noel Sheldon (Max Friedman), Craig Hunter (Bill Edwards), Veronica Strong (Carol Larch), Dougal Fraser (TV Commentator), John Boxer (II) (Brown)

The Story : The first nuclear-powered rocket is sent into space with the first British astronaut, Dick Larch, on board. An error by Larch leads to a splashdown in the sea. Dr Quist has to determine whether Latch is suitable for any further missions.

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7 - The Devil's Sweets

Original title : The Devil's Sweets
First Aired : 23.03.1970 (UK)
Director : David Sullivan Proudfoot
Writing credits : Don Shaw
Cast : Penny Dixon (Miss Cooper), Pat Connell (as Patrick Connell) (Dr. , Green), Mary Loughran (Dr. Gray), John Young (Benson), Pamela Sholto (Miss James), John Law (Pegg), John Comer (Jack), Bay White (Mrs. Tyler), William Fox (Scott), Maurice Roëves (Shipton)

The Story : Quist and his team are investigating the sudden increase in the country’s smokers, and are surprised when Pat Hunnisett lights up a cigarette for the first time in five years. Quist suspects a link between a chocolate promtion and ‘Checkerboard’ cigarettes, whose recent sales are doing unexpectedly well. Should subliminal advertising be allowed?

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8 - The Red Sky

Original title : The Red Sky
First Aired : 06.04.1970 (UK)
Director : Jonathan Alwyn
Writing credits : Gerry Davis, Kit Pedler
Cast : Edward Kelsey (Captain Gort), Aubrey Richards (Bernard Colley), Dudley Jones (Dr. O'Brien), Jennifer Daniel (Dana Colley), Paul Eddington (Reynolds), Sheila Raynor (Mrs. Knott), Michael Elwyn (Duncan)

The Story : Quist investigates the death of a man who threw himself from a cliff. is there a connection with the testing of a prototype jet plane?

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9 - Spectre at the Feast

Original title : Spectre at the Feast
First Aired : 13.04.1970 (UK)
Director : Eric Hills
Writing credits : Terence Dudley
Cast : Richard Hurndall (Whitehead), George Pravda (Egri), Roy Stewart (Negro), Helen Downing (Laura Lindsay), Karen Ford (Mrs. Bonenti), David Morrell (Royston), Oscar Quitak (Bau), Bruno Barnabe (Head Waiter), William Lucas (Fielding)

The Story : Quist assembles a conference of the world's top scientists to consider new proposals for dealing with environmental pollution. Several of the delegates become ill, apparently from food-poisoning. Has the sickness been caused deliberately?

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10 - Train and De-train

Original title : Train and De-train
First Aired : 20.04.1970 (UK)
Director : Vere Lorrimer
Writing credits : Don Shaw
Cast : Patricia Maynard (Miss Sephton), George Baker (Mitchell), Rosemary Turner (Miss Jones), Bill Wilde (Branston), Ron Gregory (Guard), Peter Whitaker (Ministry Inspector), Mark Sinclair (Boy), David Markham (Ellis), Brian Badcoe (Stephens)

The Story : The Doomwatch team investigates the mass destruction of wildlife in Somerset. It seems that Wren's former tutor is responsible. Why is he being forced out of his job?

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11 - The Battery People

Original title : The Battery People
First Aired : 27.04.1970 (UK)
Director : David Sullivan Proudfoot
Writing credits : Elwyn Jones
Cast : Jeremy Young (Llewellyn), Emrys Jones (Colonel Smithson), Jay Neill (Laing), Mary Hignett (Mrs. Adams), Eliza Ward (Elizabeth Llewellyn), David Davies (Davies), Michael Newport (Bryn), Ray Mort (Jones), Edward Evans (Dai)

The Story : Quist is asked to investigate the strange behaviour of ex-miners in a village in Wales. What is the connection with the local fish farm?

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12 - Hear No Evil

Original title : Hear No Evil
First Aired : 04.05.1970 (UK)
Director : Frank Cox
Writing credits : Gerry Davis
Cast : Peter Miles (Cook), Tessa Shaw (Mrs. Reid), Derrick O'Connor (Operator), Sheila Sands (Stripper), Griffith Jones (Falker), Michael Ripper (Reid)

The Story : A company is attempting to control its employees through the use of bugging devices. Quist decides that the only way to stop the unethical management is to turn their own method against them.

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13 - Survival Code

Original title : Survival Code
First Aired : 11.05.1970 (UK)
Director : Hugh David
Writing credits : Gerry Davis, Kit Pedler
Cast : Ray Brooks (Geoff Harker), Hamilton Dyce (Minister), David St. John (First Man on Pier), John Dawson (Chief Superintendent , Charles), Edwin Brown (Len White), Robert Cartland (Commander Sefton), Stephanie Turner (Toni Harker), Colin Rix (Wing Commander), Tommy Godfrey (Sam Billings), Donald Morley (Air Commodore Parks)

The Story : A military plane ditches into the sea whilst carrying three nuclear weapons on board. Toby is sent to investigate a mystery object that has washed up on the shire, but soon finds himself disarming a bomb.

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