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THE TIMES 9th December 1999

Channel 5 is finally learning an audience-pulling trick the other channels have known about for years: hire Trevor Eve. How many actors could have repeated the technological mumbo-jumbo Eve had to spout in last night's Doomwatch (Channel 5) without making you spit out your beer? In this film-length story, inspired by the 1970s eco-thriller series, Eve plays a Cambridge  astrophysicist who is not only brilliant at his subject, doted on by his students and an effortlessly thoughtful husband and father, but he's also cooler than a glasier Like Richard Feynman with a pukka English accent and a winning half-smile.
The story? Oh, you know, the usual nonsense about the world being about to go to hell in a handbasket because some damn fool boffin has created the first manmade black hole, which happens to eat nuclear waste the way Helmut Kohl eats cream cakes. The hole's insatiable.
Unfortunately for the world – though luckily for the plot of this film, which otherwise have to have been a gushing biopic about a scientist who solved the world's energy problems–the black hole is also less stable than even the euro.
Now you and I, had we broken into the nerve centre of this mad scientist's operation and discovered that the black hole was out of control, would have done what any rational adult with a working knowledge of physics would do when a natural disaster is approaching, we'd have gone to the supermarket to stock up on loo rolls and candles. But Eve quickly takes control of an experiment which he has always, and was impossible and calmly orders the technicians to turn various dials so as to bring the errant black hole to heel. I tried very hard t commit to memory what Eve was saying, just in case I should ever find myself in the exact same predicament, but as far as I could tell he seemed to be speaking in tongues.

Original article by Joe Joseph. With thanks to Andrew Wilson and Scott Burditt