|Written by:||John Howlett, Ian McDonald|
|Directed by:||Roy Battersby|
|Aired:||7 December 1999|
|Channel:||Channel 5, UK|
|This 100 minute TV movie was based on a TV series called Doomwatch that ran from 1970-72, followed by a 1972 film. Channel 5 bought the rights to revive Doomwatch, and the hope was that the 1999 film would become the pilot for a new series but this never materialised due to costs. The film was also unusual in that it was a continuation of the story rather than a remake
Doomwatch is about an agency dedicated to preserving the world from dangers of unprincipled scientific research. Unofficially it was meant as a Government agency set up with little power meant to stifle protests and secure (green) votes. However the incorruptible Dr Spenser Quist and companions soon gave the agency some real power and people had to listen.
In Winter Angel an ageing Dr Quist (only remaining original character) played by Philip Stone is attempting to persuade Cambridge astrophysicist Neil Tannahil to take over his position as head of Doomswatch. This becomes more pressing as Neil’s research work involving creating a man made black hole for the generation of cheap electricity is stolen. The dark side was revealed that once born, a black hole must be forever looked after or it could explode with force enough to destroy a country.
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