By the year 2000 there'll be over eighty million people living in this country. They'll want cars and places to park them. They'll want clothing and feeding and educating and work to do...to say nothing of housing...
Mr Hetherington lives with his wife and three children at No. 207, Block D, on the 20th floor of a block of flats referred to as the Langly Estate.
JEAN TREND plays Dr. Fay Chantry in tonight's episode of "Doomwatch" (BBC-1 9.20)
Doctor Fay Chantry (who is temporarily living in the same block of flats) helps another woman take Mrs Hetherington back to her own flat and attempts to console her. In the flat the other woman tells her that Mrs Hetherington has an older son and she leaves to attempt to find him. After a short while the Police arrive.
Because of the use of children, their scenes were recorded as inserts earlier in the day.
Audience Research Report
2nd April 1971
Size of audience (based on results of the Survey of Listening and Viewing).
It is estimated that the audience for this broadcast was 15% of the United Kingdom population. Programmes on BBC2 and ITV at the time were seen by 2.8% and 29.4% (aveage).
Reaction Profile (based on 39 questionnaires completed by members of the general public who saw the programme).
Viewers were asked to rate the broadcast on four dimensions defined by pairs of adjectives or descriptive phrases but because the sample is small, these replies will not be published in details. It would seem, however, that this edition of Doomwatch was generally regarded as gripping and entertaining, scored high on credibility, and moved at a good pace.
As was remarked 'we all know this is fiction but unfortunately yesterday's fiction is often today's fact' and, certainly, this study of the tensions that could develop in those living in towering blocks of flats seemed uncomfortably near reality, in several opinions. It was a programme that highlighted one of today's social problems, and proved both entertaining and thought provoking, it seemed - 'Doomwatch always leaves me with something to think about such as "can that really happen?". In most cases the answer is "yes" so if there isn't a real Doomwatch, there ought to be'.
According to a few, the plot was weak and the treatment of the high-rise neurosis theme unconvincing ('displayed little scientific knowledge. There was not much attempt to explain in detail the cause of the illness'), they could not believe in the characters, others claimed, or this particular programme did not measure up to others in the series.
Usually, however, the small sample audience had enjoyed the episode and, although occasional viewers were unimpressed by the acting, most evidently felt that it had reached a high standard, particularly on the part of the 'regulars'. The production, too, was regarded as entirely satisfactory.
37 of the 39 viewers in the sample saw all the programme - the other two switched off before the end.
Dr. Spencer Quist
Dr. John Ridge
Dr. Fay Chantry
Sir Billy Langly
Man in Flat (says lift in RT listing)
Series devised by
Theme Music by
Assistant to Producer
22ND FEBRUARY 1971
9.20PM - 10.10PM
THE DOVE OF PEACE
With thanks to John Archbold for the Radio Times listing and cover.