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'Every man has his price, and from what I've heard lately, Quist will come cheaper than most'.

NB: The following synopsis comes from a rehearsal script. Please note that there were changes made for the actual episode which the author Martin Worth did not approve i.e. the Rolls Royce was replaced by a Land Rover. Secondly, there was a silent scene appended to the end of the episode by the director, the details of which are presently unknown. Also, the Radio Times refers to diisocyanate which doesn't feature in the rehearsal script (as it was a replacement for the original washing powder enzyme theme to the story)

The following synopsis is based on the original outline of the script as we do not have a Camera copy.


Ian Drummond (42), managing director of the Drummond Group, is concluding a conference with two senior executives, one of who is Robert Cowley. His office is in a huge, commercial skyscraper. 'I take it you're both sure that Doomwatch will come out against us.' Ian asks Robert when the report is due. Cowley tells him that the report slamming the whole field is due next month – and as they lead the field...
Ian tells his secretary to get hold of Doctor Anne Tarrant, a close friend of Doctor Quist. Cowley doubts if Quist could be nobbled through his friends. 'Everyman has his price Cowley,' says Ian. 'And from what I've been hearing lately, Doctor Quist will come cheaper than most.'


The titles are shown over an upward shot of the skyscraper.

In Ian's office he is having a Brandy and offers one to Anne who looks as if she has only just sat down. Ian is mid conversation about Dr. Ridge, suggesting that the germs from the Anthrax he stole could have wiped out half of London. Anne watches Ian as he takes hid drink to his desk giving nothing away from her expression. Ian is surprised to learn that Anne knows nothing about it. Ian offers a brandy to Anne who declines as she reminds him that they had quite enough at lunch and she has a patient to see in half an hour. Ian tells her that Ridge is now in a mental home and no actual harm was done as all six canisters were retrieved. Anne still does not respond. He suggests that it must have been a trying time for Dr. Quist

Anne can't believe that she has been invited to lunch and then back to his office just to pump her about life at Doomwatch! '
Ian finds this amusing and denies this is the reason.
Anne wants to leave but Ian continues "Still if that story's true, they'll want to keep Doomwatch under a very tight rein from now on. And I shouldn't think Quist would like that" then he cryptically adds "So he might feel like making a change."

Ian then tells Anne that he is flying up to Scotland to see his father that afternoon and offers to give him Anne's love. Anne agrees and asks how he is.

Ian has a portrait of his father in his office.  He looks at it in pride of place behind his desk as he tells Anne that he is a more of a recluse these days and hardly ever leaves his estate or even Scotland unless there is a board meeting. Ian adds that his father often mentions her.

Anne asks to be invited for lunch next time Alex is visiting as she would like to see him again.
Ian offers her the chance to spend next weekend in Scotland and bring Doctor Quist for a ride in the company plane.
'Are we getting to the point at last?' asked Anne. Ian promises her that it would be worth his while...

In the Ministers office, Quist hands in his resignation to Sir George Holroyd who had been wondering if he was ever going to get it. 'If I hesitated, you know it was only because I've a certain sympathy for what Ridge did.' 'And I,' says the Minister, not accepting it.
He is concerned that a sudden resignation might be linked with what Ridge was up to, and there are enough people breathing down their necks according to Stafford. It's not the press who are investigating, there is some unease in the diplomatic missions. Quist wants to make it clear that he wants to go back to academic research after 'three years hard in the state galleys.' The Minister again refuses, worried about how the Americans would react if they discovered a government scientist posted cans of anthrax to the capital cities of half a dozen world powers and the effect on the Treaty of Rome... 'Doomwatch stays exactly as it is. Outwardly, anyway.' Stafford reckons, according to the Minister, that Colin Bradley and Barbara Mason can be relied to keep silent but Geoff Hardcastle and Fay Chantry cannot. Quist is shocked to learn that an industry job offer for Geoff had been fixed by the Minister, and Fay is going back into general practise. 'Which is just as well in view of her record of instability...'

As for Doomwatch, it would be a shame to waste the expertise Quist has built and it will be used as a monitoring service. Quist can then resign when he has found a new job. 'Only it has to be a good one, Quist. Something worth leaving Doomwatch for.' In the meantime, the Minister appoints a new member for the team to replace Dr. Ridge under the insistence for security reasons, – Commander Stafford.

It's 6pm an Barbara Mason is about to go home when Dr. Quist arrives and tells her the news. She is shocked and Bradley is surprised, not knowing Stafford had any scientific qualifications. 'He hasn't,' says Quist. 'They're putting him in here as a watchdog.' 'Pity we don't have a kennel,' replies Barbara. It won't be for long, just till they've found a way to wind up the department without loss of face and tells them they won't accept his resignation. Quist looks at his watch and realises he is going to be late in meeting Anne. He leaves quickly.
Bradley grabs his coat to leave while Barbara takes the cover off her typewriter, puts in some paper and starts typing away furiously. Bradley is surprised she has decided to work late. Barbara explains that she has decided to resign.
'Sinking ship?' suggests Colin.
Bradley puts his coat on while Barbara tells him she knew he would stick it out and jokes that he would still be tinkering in the engine room when the water closes over his head.
Bradley wishes her good night then leaves Barbara to it.
Barbara types one more sentence then gives up. She takes the paper out and tears it to pieces.

Stafford is in a bar with Anne Tarrant where she is due to meet Quist and has ordered two beers. Stafford has a notebook from Ridge's effects which he is authorised to go through, and wants her help in de-cyphering the scribble and notes in it. Stafford believes there was a lot more to Ridge than he let on. Anne refuses to help. 'Haven't you done with Ridge yet, Commander?' 'Yes, I have... But he hasn't quite done with me.' Stafford is about to leave when he sees Quist and hopes to be briefed by him tomorrow. Quist says no, he will be busy with Colin. Stafford hopes to sit in as an observer. 'Yes, well, that is the whole idea, isn't it?' Stafford leaves. Quist complains of feeling tired, and Anne suggests a break in Scotland...

Ian Drummond is back in his father's 17th Century Scottish mansion in Perthshire. In the drawing room with Cowley he is trying to convince Alex, his father to have some guests this weekend. If Ian thought he could get his father to come down to London than he wouldn't think of asking. Alex still has forty per cent of the company but has very little to do with it. The house keeper Mrs Bell,who suffers from mild eczma on her hand, is unpacking portraits that have been returned from Edinburgh. Ian also mentions Anne Tarrant, the psychiatrist who treated his mother and is a close friend of Quist

Quist has heard of the Drummond Group – a firm who make soap powder, toothpastes, washing machines, and so on. He isn't keen on spending a weekend in Scotland, being fattened up by some industrial tycoon. But Anne is keen for him to go. If nothing else, he'll like the father.

Watched icily by Barbara, Stafford sits on Ridge's desk, reading through a report, winding up Colin by asking him rudimentary questions like what exactly is an enzyme? He goes to take a look at the computer with Bradley as Quist enters the office, hopeful that Stafford isn't here yet. Quist isn't ready yet to see him. Barbara says that if not, Stafford is playing golf not far from Dr. Tarrant's cottage on Saturday and could drop in around six...

That Saturday, Quist and Anne are on a plane as they've just touched down in Scotland. 'Seems a long way to come just to get away from Stafford.' Anne tells him to relax as he'll be back in the jungle soon enough. Waiting for them is Alex Drummond with a Rolls Royce that he is driving himself. Alex greets Quist. 'Now that's the kind of face that does seem to go with the job. The face of a crusader, battling his way against the enormous odds towards the Holy Land – but faintly uneasy that perhaps he's not going in the right direction.' Anne has warned Quist that Alex is a shocking driver, and so it proves. His chauffeur George has bronchitis. Through the beautiful mountain scenery, Alex thinks that he prefers to be in a car rather than his head in the clouds on an aeroplane. 'Your promised land, Dr. Quist. What a lot of it could still be like – even now... Three hundred acres of uncontaminated countryside... ' It only survives, says Anne, because he owns it. If he shared it, what would be left? He once stopped them putting a road through it by lobbying in the right places with the whole weight of the Drummond Group. 'That's the way to get things done, Quist – organisation.' He feels it was worth it – for what it stands for.

Alex takes Quist and Anne into his music room, disappointed that Quist doesn't play the piano. Alex plays the violin very well, and had hoped to be accompanied. 'We'd have made something good – together. The violin is strangely ineffectual on its own.' ' Alex has records of concertos without the soloist playing so he can play long to some of the finest orchestras in the world. 'A full scale professional orchestra to back you. You cannot do it on your own.' Ian enters, and is introduced as the Managing Director of the Drummond Group 'the thing that makes it possible to keep this mansion from being turned into the offices for the Scottish Electricity Board, and ensures that some of the finest Dutch paintings in the world, when not loaned out, are preserved and enjoyed as they should be.' He takes Quist to see them. Alex feels that the only possible justification for a commercial empire it what it can contribute to the quality of life. The Medics knew that... But you don't know it,' he says, looking at his son. By now they are in the drawing room, 'Nowadays there's only one end in view in the boardrooms of most big companies... how to persuade Mrs. Bell that her overall has to be kept spotless. In order to sell enough soap powder to make a huge profit at the end of the year which no one actually enjoys.' Mrs Bell calls for lunch but Alex says later. He tells Quist to take his son's offer... 'Be wary if you like... He's no Lorenzo de Medici but he's all we have. Power and organisation. A full blooded orchestra.' He leaves. Ian gets to the point and asks Quist if he would like a Doomwatch of his own, without the state, financed by the Drummond Group – no strings. Quist is staggered.

Dinner is a buffet in silver bowls and tureens. Alex does not keep fixed hours and Ian thinks it is a wonder they keep servants considering the way he treats them but thankfully they give as good as they get. 'In the ensuing rough and tumble, we all muddle through.' Anne asks Ian why a Doomwatch group financed by the Drummond Group. Quist knows that there must be something in it for them. 'Increased sales... Pollution is the bogey of the 1970s. A poisoned planet, famine, no room to move, the end of all life – it used to be the Bomb, today, it's the Pollution – and the people are beginning to kick.' Public pressure has stopped various things, and Ian doesn't want to be swept aside. Quist asks that suppose some of the hazards they face today could be laid at his door? 'Tell us what needs to be done and we'd do it.' And they would otherwise no one would trust their products and their competitors would sweep the floor with them. Alex has joined them and is keen for Quist to accept but he needles his son. 'I told him the truth,' replies Ian. ' be on the anti-pollution bandwagon these days is good for business. Is that sufficiently cynical to be convincing?' He goes out to take a call whilst Alex tells Quist that to be independent of the Drummond Group, he sees a time when virtually every outfit in the land will be contributing funds. 'You don't think they're going to let the Drummond Group corner the market in holiness, do you? ... The money will roll in; you'll be dependent on no one and still call the tune.' He explains how he was so bent on building up an empire that his wife ended up in a nut house. The day she was certified, he went up to the burn where they first met and saw how pollution was killing it – from a small Drummond plant upstream. 'Help clean up after me, Quist. Push it all back.' As Mrs Bell brings in a cheese board and words fly with Alex, refusing to east, Anne asks Quist for a walk through the promised land.

The promised land is a polluted river, next to a rubbish tip with bedsteads, stoves, and old cars. She explains how Alex shifted a scrapyard to a quarry to stop him burning tyres. But there the acid from the residue soaked through the rock and polluted the local stream. It's here because he won't sweep it under somebody else's carpet. The river he spoke off was polluted by the small factory which he closed down. And now there are abandoned cottages of people who worked there. Quist isn't so sure of all this. 'Only governments can handle it, Anne. Only they have the authority to act, I'm sure.' He isn't sure about being tied to commerce. 'And the devil took him up to an exceeding high mountain. Showed him all the kingdoms of the earth. All this shall be thine.' He is tempted by the idea. An international Doomwatch financed by half a dozen of the world's biggest concerns... 'Maybe we could save the world from its own dung. Even now...' He finishes the earlier Biblical quotation... 'If you bow down and worship me.' He is also worried about the power... that what he recommends would be done... It's not the fear of selling his soul to the devil that worries him, it's himself as Christ.

Back at the House, Alex is preparing to go fishing again. A friend of Ian has turned up. Quist uses the phone to talk to Bradley. 'He's been doing some research for the last three months into something that could come in very handy at the moment.' Anne is worried that Quist is looking for an excuse to turn down the offer. Before he can, Ian introduces his friend: Stafford. 'You'll be able to put me in the picture about Doomwatch after all, Dr. Quist.'

The next day, Bradley is on the plane, flying to Scotland, a thick file being studied.

Breakfast at the Drummonds' sees Stafford trying to convince Quist that he isn't here to spy on him. Here is here to be of use to him in the decision that he might be making at this point. He suspected the job offer the way Ian had probed him the other day for his availability... He knows Ian better than Quist does. 'I know a lot of people better than you do. It's a pity that Ridge didn't too. Quist gets angry: 'Dr. Ridge had a first class brain. He was uncouth, irresponsible, infuriating and brilliant. But the important thing about him was he cared. My God, he cared...' He is about to walk out when he asks if the Minister knows what is happening here, he can't believe he would object. 'So, we'll have to work on him, won't we? To see he does,' replies Stafford enigmatically. Quist is startled and asks what kind of game is he playing? 'Yours, Dr. Quist. And mine.'

In the Drawing Room, Quist, Anne, Stafford and Colin Bradley are present along with Ian Drummond. Alex is eavesdropping outside. Quist explains that Bradley has been in charge of an enquiry into possible health hazards from the use of biological detergents. Ian isn't concerned. 'No scientist yet has come up with proof that enzyme detergents are harmful to consumers.' There has been proof of workers being harmed, and how many of them had to lose their health before Drummond recognised the danger, asks Quist. Bradley reads from his report: 'Of 115 men engaged in enzyme preparations for the Drummond product 'Vanish', 45 were found to have become sensitised resulting, in some cases, irreversible lung disease.' Bradley had spoken to George, the chauffeur. His breathlessness was so acute when he worked at the plant that sometimes he couldn't even get out of bed. Ian counters by saying that then he was given the driving job. Stafford chips in: 'And glad to know, I'm sure, that if his lungs had been in any way impaired, it was all in the cause of helping women find a way to wash sanitary towels.' Quist asks if getting rid of blood and sweat stains more important than what was happening to his workers and the housewife to whom this stuff is being peddled? Ian says the exposure rate for the housewife is infinitesimal. 'That only means, sir, it's going to take her longer to get sensitised.' 'About fifty years longer at this rate!' shouts Ian. Quist is getting edgy now. In fifty years time there could be a hundred million housewives! Alex enters, pretending to be looking for his fiddle. Quist claims that the responsibility is on companies like Drummonds. Bradley refers to a report that Ian has read showing five per cent of women in Nottingham suffering from skin irritation and even swollen hands after switching to enzyme detergents. Mrs Bell has eczema. After she leaves, concerned about lunch, Anne asks if she knows what has caused it? 'Of course she knows, but the product's been improved since she started using it. The enzymes are enclosed now in capsules.'
Quist explains that it is always the same; warnings from scientists are ignored unless justified by events. In the meantime, George gets lung disease and Mrs Bell gets eczema. 'As consumers on a scale never before known, we depend on what manufacturers like you provide for us – and yet in the vast majority of cases we let the question of whether these things are good for us, or even safe, be decided by the people whose only concern is to sell them to us anyway.' Ian sees this as Quist's way of turning down the offer. Quist counters: it is to see if he meant what was said yesterday. “Tell us what needs to be done and we'll do it.” The report recommends that Vanish and similar detergents be taken off the market. All it needs is a corporation like his to take a positive step in the interests of people, not profits. Even if it means going into the red for a year or two. Ian agrees to their astonishment. Stafford, however, is gently amused. Ian had decided last week, it seems, to bow to the judgement of the report, at the same time as offering him funds to set up a Doomwatch of his own. Alex asks what would take 'Vanish's' place? They have other products in the pipeline.

Stafford now steps in and explains the situation as he sees it... Ian has known for at least a year that sales of biological detergents have been levelling off and so Vanish 'must vanish anyway.' And in a blaze of glory. 'A company that cares so much it voluntarily withdraws its best selling product? Because Doomwatch thinks it may perhaps be harmful? And then finances Doomwatch? After this, approved by Dr. Quist will seem to be stamped on everything you sell...' And even Bradley wouldn't analyse the new powder because it wouldn't occur to him that it might be the same product under a new name... He even heard a few sample new names from executives who thought they could trust a friend of the boss... Ian calls him a bastard. Stafford says, 'You're not my boss, though. I work for Dr. Quist.' Bradley points out this plan is illegal. It would only be illegal if enzyme detergents were banned by law, and, says Stafford looking hard at Quist, if he takes Doomwatch away from the only possible authority that can make it effective. Alex is staring at his son and Ian is as shocked as everyone else. Quist decides to return to London. 'so all this talk of a new Doomwatch was just a blind to lead him so far up the mountain he wouldn't notice what was going on below,' remarks Anne, 'All you could see in a great idea was a way to safeguard a detergent.' Ian walks out after words with his father. Alex however is stirred into action. He still has over 40 per cent of the shares in the Group and he feels he can remove Vanish and replace it with something vetted by Doomwatch. 'You'd bring this company to its knees,' says Stafford. 'A position from which a strong man can rise again.' Quist will only consider joining the Drummond group when he sees it on its knees. Bitter and hurt, he foes out, followed by the others, leaving Alex, a disappointed old man, looking at his wife's portrait.

Quist is staring out of the plane window as Stafford comments on the view of the greenery below. When your head's nearly in the clouds, lots of things look pretty attractive then. 'I'm surprised you could possibly know, Commander. With your feet so firmly on the ground.' Once again, Stafford brings up the subject of Ridge. He had a way with birds and doors, he got his experience in the field. 'Mine is much closer to the sources of power – where the kind of information that you need, doctor, can be gleaned.' They are about to land, says Anne. 'Yes,' observes Stafford. 'You have to in the end – with a bump.'

The Minister is annoyed at Quist's absence. He tells him to forget looking for a new job. The French are on to Ridge and the anthrax. He shows him a French newspaper. Quist jokes that he could be knighted, in order to demonstrate absolute confidence in Doomwatch but the Minister takes him seriously. Quist wonders if he ought to hold out for a peerage instead. The Minister warns him that this is a serious business. 'It's a political business. Yours,' corrects Quist, but his eye is caught by another headline in an English paper... "DETERGENT DECLARED DANGEROUS – AMAZING ADMISSION BY DRUMMOND GROUP".

Ian is back in his London office and his father is there. Ian accuses him of finishing them, one of the most important companies in the world. 'Yours. And you kill it.' The share price has collapsed. Vanish had represented a third of their profits. 'Considering the remaining two thirds amount to ten million pounds, we're hardly broke.' Alex believes sales in their other products will increase, as they show they care. The idea, according to Ian, was to replace Vanish with the same product under a different name. But Alex thinks that Quist will now agree to let them finance Doomwatch. 'Over my dead body!' snaps Ian. 'Damn Quist! Are we to be ruled by these men?' Cowley points out that no one else in the industry thinks enzyme detergents are harmful; that the fuss is just a storm in a tea cup. Ian is determined to fight Quist all the way and has called a shareholders meeting for Friday week to have his father voted off the board. Alex thinks not. 'I think not. There's a tide running these days that even you have acknowledged. I do not believe that shareholders, who are also, remember, our customers, are going to let a product be sold which could be damaging to their health – even if by removing it, it means a cut in their dividends.....' He will get Quist to present evidence. And I shall win.'

Stafford briefs the Minister on the Drummond business and their offer to Quist. He warns him that Quist wants to take the offer and by leaving Doomwatch it will look as if something has disillusioned him about government services. The minister is worried. On Friday he has to answer questions in the House on the rumors in the French press. 'It's Quist's patriotic duty to stay at his post.' Stafford wonders if what he has been offered overrides national interest... If Alex Drummond loses the shareholders vote, that'l be the end of it. Quist cannot prove that the detergent is harmful. Ian Drummond has found several allergists who see no harm at all in enzyme detergents. But Ian will win due to his prestige and integrity, something Quist shares. They'll probably get the shareholders to chip in to the new Doomwatch. The Minister wonders what to be done. Stafford replies: make Quist a matching offer... before he is in a position of strength... Stafford could therefore shoot down these rumors to his French counterpart – they would hardly be expanding Doomwatch if Ridge had really done it. A demonstration is stronger than words. The Minister orders an appointment for the Minister.

Barbara tells Quist the appointment is for Friday at twelve noon, the day of the shareholders' meeting. Quist wants it delayed but Stafford tells him Alex might be voted off the board by then and if he is, Quist'll be in no position to bargain with the Minister. 'I don't think Alex Drummond has a snow ball's chance in hell!' Quist goes off for lunch with Ann. Stafford asks Barbara what she is doing for lunch? 'Sandwiches. Here with Mr. Bradley.'

Anne still thinks Quist should take up Alex's offer. He is sure he can win, or he wouldn't have put his whole company at risk. If he wins, he'll raise what's needed for Doomwatch. 'You can't desert him before he's even tried.' 'But if he fails, if he's out on his ear after this, I've lost an opportunity I might never get again... To make our masters take Doomwatch seriously. I can use this to get everything I want.' Anne sadly realises Quist has come down from the mountain. Quist admits Stafford was right. 'I had my head in the clouds up there.' But he is still very uncertain.

Friday has come. The Minister is on the phone to Duncan. He is still worried about if what he is about to do is necessary considering the shareholders' meeting is in three hours time, and Alex might fail, then he'll have no need to come to terms with Quist. 'But if it's to go the other way...' He sighs and says so be it. He calls in Quist.

In the bar, Stafford is waiting with Anne. She realises that the Minister would never have had his back to the wall if it wasn't for the rumors in the French papers and she knows Stafford started them but he won't confess. 'If I'm going to work for Doomwatch, I'm going to see to it we have a Doomwatch worth working for.' She calls him as unscrupulous as Ridge. 'And a lot more professional.' Stafford explains that in interrogation, the moment the interrogator really twists in the knife is when it suddenly occurs to him that his victim may be right after all... 'Ridge was a bastard, but I do have an inkling now of what he was all about.' Quist comes in in a state of amazement. 'The budget to be doubled, new premises, recruit as I like – Full time research staff. Retainers to be paid to any consultant we want. Use of all government research facilities. The lot.' He still has to be at the shareholders' meeting at three and if Alex wins he'll feel such a... Stafford assures him – Alex could never win. 'In his league to win you've got to fight dirty. That's why we need Doomwatch and that's why you need me.'

Alex is back in Scotland in his music room. Mrs Bell is surprised that he is back. The record player isn't working, and he isn't answering questions about how the meeting went. She offers to fetch George to mend the gramophone, but Alex says don't bother him. 'I can make do without the orchestra.' He picks up the violin and starts to play, and Mrs Bell realises what's happened...

Synopsis by Michael Seely and Scott Burditt

 Review based on the Rehearsal script

This superb script can be seen as developing the themes Terence Dudley first started in Spectre At The Feast, in which the managing director and his tame chief scientist buy up scientific experts to clean up the mess they have made and offer them a lot of inducements, in order to buy up votes in a conference. Here, we see another powerful company, a global one, trying to buy up Quist, who has been kicked in the morals, and use him as an advertising gimmick!

The story also follows up from Fire And Brimstone where the fall out from the Ridge incident has played into the hands of Doomwatch, wanting to clip its wings and remove Quist and other troublesome elements, but keep it as a harmless monitoring body. It seems Sir George Holyroyd has finally got his way. Even though he supports the cause, as was made clear in Flight Into Yesterday, and indeed sympathises with Ridge, his ideal Doomwatch is a more politically sensitive outfit. He will say in a later episode, 'Don't rock the boat, Quist!' By the end of the story, he has no choice but to prevent an international scandal by making Doomwatch twice as big and powerful. Quist has finally got the outfit he wants – proper official sanctions.

We see two type of business men here: the young pragmatist and the older, regretful, man who believes in values of a bygone age that probably never existed... Old Alex Drummond is an aesthetic man – a typical rich man who sees art, heritage and the unspoilt landscape as the same thing; who thinks of himself as a patron for the arts. He shares his paintings, but is pleased to get them back. He prevents a road from being built through his estates in order to have something unsullied to look at. His need for beauty is a side effect of his guilt. He suffers from guilt, like Quist, over the death of his wife and her previous mental breakdown which he had not seen coming as he was so involved in building up his empire. He only saw the physical pollution of his company when he returned to a beauty spot of some significance in his life. He even shut down the plant responsible and the cottage dwellers who worked there, no longer lived amongst the beauty now restored. He sees the appointment of Quist in a Doomwatch forged by industry to clean up their mess, as an ally in his cause to be of some good to the world – now that he is no use to the company. He objects and fights his son who is probably the younger version of what his dad was. Committed to profit. Did Alex really believe the shareholders would put other people's interests before their own profit? Shareholders rarely do! Like a taxpayer, a shareholder seems to think they have the right to object to anything and everything that isn't focused purely on their interests. They would call it being realistic. Companies can rarely afford to do anything without worrying about the share price or their angry shareholders at an annual general meeting. What a way to run a company! What a way to run the planet! Sorry, shouldn't say that, might upset the markets and send the pound tumbling...

Ian, the son, the 'realist' and the cunning operator who just sees having Doomwatch as a way of selling more soap powder. He doesn't have a sense of the aesthetic. He prefers his London skyscraper to the Scottish mansion house, which is hardly surprising. His ethics are the ethics of a business man. He is turning a public fear (in this case) pollution into a selling point, in much the same way as resistant car manufacturers finally twigged that safety was actually a selling point! In the 1950s, the idea of seat belts was an anathema. Cars had dash boards with sharp, metallic lines which cut through people in low impacts! The theory went that compensation pay outs were cheaper than a wholesale redesign of the feature! Men didn't want to be mollycoddled ! They were men! No seat belts, a cigarette in one hand, the other on a steering wheel, a bird in the next seat... And so on. Ian Drummond simply wants to relaunch an existing product with a new brand name.

Quist makes the valid point of how warnings by scientists are ignored until someone has been hurt, or unquestionable proof is offered. The issue of biological washing powder here used is a good one, as modern day packaging advises us to wear gloves... But Ian Drummond can find a number of scientists – in this case allergy experts – to come to a differing conclusion. It's always the same.

Biological soap powder and whether it is a long term health hazard. The enzyme is not considered dangerous to the environment but can cause allergies to those affected. The episode does not deal with that phosphates in detergents that can cause damage to the waterways and the subsequent algae explosion. Kit Pedler's The Quest For Gaia deals with the sheer un-necessity of detergents, the amount of energy it takes to make them, and the environmental impact of the phosphates. He goes into detail in an earlier chapter about our obsession with whiteness. It is a very British thing – dirt equals poverty. The great unwashed... Dirt equals disease and squalor. It offends our sense of the aesthetic. Once upon a time we took great pride in highly starched, stiff and clean collars. Quist points out the futility of trying to persuade the housewife that this brand gets your clothes whiter than white especially when it harms the health of your workers and the customer! Survivors, in its second season, made a great play on soap, on how it was very necessary, and making real soap is a very unpleasant business! Ours is full of perfumes and bubbles that have no practical use other than to show us it is working...

Quist is torn between the power of the state and the power of global corporations. He sees it as selling his soul but he is tempted. He is also worried about being a Christ like figure if his recommendations are always acted upon. In the end he realises he is being used, his head was in the clouds, which often happens when you are atop of a High Mountain. This week's Bible quote comes from the gospel according to Luke where the Devil is apparently tempting Jesus during his forty nights and days in the desert. Quists' morale is at rock bottom in this episode, the lowest we have ever seen him. He is a pin ball in a game between Ian Drummond, Alex Drummond and Stafford, all with their different motives. And he doesn't see it, mainly because of Anne. Ian wants a marketing advantage, Alex wants to assuage his guilt and Stafford? He claims to have been infected by Ridge's ideals, but also wants a Doomwatch outfit worth working for. Anne Tarrant just wants the best for Quist: not realising she too has been conned by Ian, but believes in Alex. In the end, Quist believes in the power of the state and is aware of the game and is prepared to use it against the Minister.

Stafford is presented as an enigma in this episode, well aware of the hostility he faces from the Doomwatch team, but is prepared to prove his worth. The episode establishes him as a shadowy, well connected man with his own agenda, who may well be discovering the cause Ridge was prepared to kill millions for, may be a cause worthy of him. He may not have had much to care about in his career. Last episode, Ridge told him of how he killed three people for the State, so he too has been in the Services and emerged as an environmentalist. Stafford may well be going down that path, but he has no scientific qualifications as he demonstrates quite early on. He also leaks the Ridge story to France to force the Minister to expand Doomwatch as an act of confidence. He doesn't want to be the creature of the Minister and this is further developed in Waiting For A Knighthood.

How this episode looked and sounded is anyone's guess! Lennie Mayne does not have any opportunities for big production numbers unlike Public Enemy with its stunt work and heavy industry. It's all offices and Halls and a pub in this episode. We presumably see the last of the old Doomwatch set. Interestingly, we do not see Quist's old office in either this or last week's episode – and the laboratory briefly seen last week, was specified in the script to be a small corner of what will be the new Doomwatch lab. The script is full of long speeches; Alex is full of them with his metaphor of being a soloist in an orchestra. We know there were changes which annoyed Martin Worth – a land rover used in stead of a Rolls Royce and what was that final non dialogue scene? Was it a shot of the landscape, polluted or otherwise, as Alex fiddled?

Review by Michael Seely


This appears to have been the first script Martin Worth wrote for the third series and it was accepted by Terence Dudley on the 19th of August 1971. At the same time, Dudley learned by accident that the second season had been sold to Canada! Certainly Roger Parkes read a copy of the script by the 6th of November where he commented that three hundred acres is a laughably small amount of land to be owned by a millionaire in Scotland!

However, by February 1972, as the series began recording again, it was decided to replace the washing powder detergent theme of the episode with 'isocynates' found in aerosols. Anna Kaliski sent the writer materials on the subject and the producer was keen for them to be worked in before the booked director saw the script.

The notes on the substitute for the enzyme detergents were sent to Martin Worth, on the 12th of February 1972, who was busy working on The Onedian Line, Kaliski told the writer that 'I think (and hope) that you'll be delighted at the close parallels with the enzyme story, so that the swap over will be quite simple.' She noted that the situation of Mrs Bell's hands can remain, as would the demand to withdraw any aerosols containing this 'and a perfidious plot to agree and put them back on the market with another name. In this instance you can either change the name of actual aerosol or the name give to the Isocyanate marked on the can.' A very strong report on the hazards of the Isocyanate in aerosols was being prepared by a Dr. Pepys of the Brompton Hospital, for a periodical called 'Clinical allergy.' This was going to be published by the end of June and the script consultant thought that this was a 'sort of Doomwatch scoop!'

Inhalation challenges with agents causing occupational asthma

In 1970 Pepys suggested the use of specific inhalation tests in the investigation of occupational asthma. They did not know how to test by aerosol inhalation with agents such as toluene diisocyanate (TDI), etc or with potentially irritant or extremely potent allergens such as platinum salts.The answer to this was a patient with severe asthma clearly related to his work.

The patient made the boats for the Oxford and Cambridge boat race and used a two part polyurethane/TDI marine varnish. He was asked to provide these two separate materials which are mixed together prior to use. The first day, he painted on a slab of wood with the polyurethane with no effect, whereas the mixture tested in the same way the next day elicited asthmatic reactions. This was the answer to the problem and the origin of simulated "occupational type" provocation tests, in other words a piece, and usually a very, very small piece of real life as a highly analytical, precise and reproducible form of testing.

There can be no objections to this if carried out properly since it is no different from the work exposure". Originally, SICs were carried out in the corridors of the Brompton hospital with people walking about. A well ventilated cubicle in a room was later made available.

A series of reports was published in Clinical Allergy beginning in 1972, dealing with dusts, powders, fumes, gaseous emanations and aerosols For these tests, subjects were asked to reproduce their normal work in a small cubicle under close supervision and with functional assessment. A summary of the proposals for the tests was later published and SIC proved to be an invaluable tool for identifying a wide variety of agents causing occupational asthma.

Copyright ERS Journals Ltd 1997European Respiratory Journal ISSN 0903 - 1936

Final Scene

On the matter of the controversial last scene, according to the P.A.B.S, only Quist, Tarrant and the older Drummond appear in the film sequences. So that last scene must either have featured Alex or just views of the estate.

The title was originally going to be called The High Mountain.

During the week of location filming at Loch Katrine near Callander in Scotland, John Paul and Elizabeth Weaver were interviewed for the Radio Times and a picture of Anne at the scrapyard was taken.

Reaction Profile Indices (Week 24).

Entertaining/Boring 80:20
Easy to understand/Difficult to understand 86:14
Excellent plot/Poor plot 75:25
Out-of-the-ordinary/Just ordinary 70:30

Camera Rehearsal
1st May 1972 and 2nd May 1972


Monday 1st May 1972
Camera Rehearsal: 2.00pm - 7.00pm
Dinner: 7.00pm - 8.00pm
Camera Rehearsal: 8.00pm - 10.00pm

Tuesday 2nd May 1972
Camera Rehearsal: 11.00am - 1.00pm
LUNCH: 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Camera Rehearsal 2.00pm - 6.00pm
Dinner: 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Sound & Vision Line-up: 7.00pm - 7.30pm

TELERECORDING: 7.30pm - 10.00pm on VTC/6HT/78624/ED
VT EDITING: Thursday 4th May 2.30pm - 11.30pm

Running time: 49 Minutes 22 seconds

Film Sequence Footage
22 seconds 16mm sound (Opening Titles)
4 Minutes 20 seconds sound 16mm



Dr. Spencer Quist*

The Minister - Sir George Holroyd

Doctor Anne Tarrant*

Commander Neil Stafford

Colin Bradley

Barbara Mason

Alexander Drummond*

Ian Drummond

Mrs. Bell

Robert Cowley


* = Taking Part on Film




Douglas (Manservant)


George (the Chauffeur, is mentioned but not actually seen on screen in the rehearsal script.)

Young Servant




An Executive



Directed by

Assistant to Producer

Produced by

Uncredited Crew


Sound Supervisor


Vision Mixer

Costume Supervisor

Costume Assistant

Make Up Supervisor

Grams Operator

Script Consultant

Floor Assistant





Senior Cameraman

Monday 12th June, 1972
9.20pm - 10.10pm


Writer Martin worth interviewed in September 1989 recalls High Mountain...

“I remember in that episode I wanted the wealthy Scottish laird to have a Rolls-Royce. But the director told me he’d got something even better - a Range Rover. At that time it was the beginning of Range Rovers and he said “It’s tremendous!” Nevertheless it was not a Rolls and completely missed the point I was trying to make.”

“Changes are often made by directors without the writer even knowing about them. I remember at the end of “High Mountain”, an extra silent scene was added by the director, but as it contained no dialogue it was not considered a revision that required the writer’s approval. But to me it ruined the whole thing. Though I protested through the Writer’s Guild it was too late to have the offending scene removed.

“If you are doing a police series it’s easy to generate conflict because you have a goodie and a baddie. But in “DOOMWATCH” our baddies where less clearly defined - usually vested interests, whether government bureaucracy or big business “High Mountain” raised issues about vested interests still with us today. I think it was one of my best scripts.”

How on earth would the viewer know?

In the rehearsal script Commander Stafford meets Anne to discuss Dr. Ridge's Notebook, he is said to drink Whisky. In the Camera script this has been altered specifically to Scotch.

With thanks to John Archbold for the Radio Times listing

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