There are mutinous murmurings in the ranks over the story-lines of this season's Doomwatch on television. Cries of 'Bring back Pedler' are to be heard from various quarters. The trouble, I think, lies in the medium's insistence (for economic as well as other reasons) on a series, once implanted, going on and on. When Doomwatch opened up, there were enough under-aired topics to keep writers going, without having to fall back too often on the personalities of the scientists involved. But new sorts of environmental hazards, mercifully don't present themselves every week. You can knock 'em with oil spillage, or nerve gas, or plastic eating bugs only once. After that it's either the farther shores of SF (which would make it quite another programme) or settle for the in-fighting (The Power Game) among the already established personalities. A pity but inevitable, i'm afraid. Still, I thought that last week's gobbet made a fair job of airing the differences between rich and poor countries' approach to environmental problems. The sensational element which offends the faithful (and perhaps Dr. Pedler) is inescapable in show business. Great propagandists such as Gandhi, Bernard Shaw and Dr. Goebbels were aware of it. The scientist who wants to influence mass thinking must accept the rules of the game.
New Scientist (Ariadne) refers to Deadly Dangerous Tomorrow with thanks to Michael Seely