Doomwatch (1970–2016)

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Doomwatch is the nickname for the Department of Measurement of Scientific Work. Under the leadership of Nobel Prize winning physicist, Dr. Spencer Quist, the Doomwatch team struggled, for ... See full summary »

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The episode Doomwatch: Sex and Violence (2016) was made but never broadcast in the UK due to a decision by David Attenborough, who was then the BBC's director of programmes. A long-standing myth claims that the episode was banned because it incorporated footage of a real military execution. However, this was just a cover story and simply isn't true - the footage in question has been featured in other programmes since. The real reason why the episode wasn't broadcast is because it spoofed real-life personalities such as Mary Whitehouse, Lord Longford and Cliff Richard (then taking part in an investigation into the moral pollution of the nation, as mirrored in the programme) and would have been too libelous to broadcast and almost certainly would have resulted in legal action being taken against the BBC. More than three decades later the episode still hasn't been broadcast in the UK or even released commercially. Ironically, this is one of the few episodes from the third season which has survived the BBC's archive purges of the 1970s. Whilst Doomwatch: Sex and Violence (2016) has never been broadcast in the UK, some reports suggest that it was broadcast in 1995 on UK Gold. This is not true - although the episode was listed in the schedules, it was ultimately not broadcast and a repeat of Doomwatch: The Logicians (1971) went out in its place.


There was seemingly no set continuity for the scenery crew when dressing the studio between recordings. Consequently the three prominent mushroom cloud photographs in Quist's office during the first two seasons regularly swap position between episodes.


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