'You say if we go back our lives will be shortened. What if we stay here? Isn't it the same? The air you breath here...the food you eat...all the chemicals...I don't know much but aren't there poisons here too? Don't you die younger because of them?
The 200 inhabitants of the tiny Pacific Island of St Simon are to be evacuated.
The British Government believes that this mini protectorate is in grave danger following recent earth tremors.
A Royal Navy frigate is now steaming towards the island to bring people home to the country their forefathers left two centuries ago.
Ridge is taking fingerprints in what looks like a hut with a group of nervous and reluctant looking men. Suddenly, entering the room in a state of anger comes Thomas Prentice, an older man wearing a cloth cap. He is furious and wants to know why they are being treating like criminals? Without giving Ridge a chance to reply, Thomas tells the men that if they are criminals, perhaps they should act like them. He rips up the fingerprint papers and the group start to smash up the room. Ridge is held back by two of them.
Dr. Spencer Quist
Dr. John Ridge
GEORGE A. COOPER
Assistant to Producer
4TH JANUARY 1971
9.20PM - 10.10PM
With thanks to John Archbold for the Radio Times listing and cover.