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Doomwatch: Winter Angel (1999)

University lecturer Neil Tannahill is drawn into a sinister conspiracy involving secretly-stored Soviet nuclear waste at a remote British nuclear facility after receiving an enigmatic note ... See full summary »

Director:

Roy Battersby

Writers:

Gerry Davis (TV series) (as Gerry Davies), John Howlett | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor Eve ... Neil Tannahill
Amanda Ooms ... Meg Tannahill
Philip Stone ... Spencer Quist
Dallas Campbell Dallas Campbell ... Hugo Cox
Allie Byrne Allie Byrne ... Teri Riley
Miles Anderson ... Toby Ross
Steve Toussaint ... Luke
Bob Sherman Bob Sherman ... Bill Zeiss
Willie Ross Willie Ross ... Mr Fulton
Ben Crompton ... Ewan McAllister
John Vine John Vine ... Special Branch Officer
Rob Dixon Rob Dixon ... Security Guard
Christian Rodska ... Shaston Driver
Rebecca Lamb Rebecca Lamb ... Plainclothes Woman
Francesca Brown ... Hannah Tannahill
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University lecturer Neil Tannahill is drawn into a sinister conspiracy involving secretly-stored Soviet nuclear waste at a remote British nuclear facility after receiving an enigmatic note from legendary atomic scientist and one-time former head of "Doomwatch" (the infamous Scientific watchdog group of the seventies), Dr Spencer Quist. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Atomgyilkosság See more »

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The only link to the original BBC series is Dr Spencer Quist, the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician and nuclear physicist who had been director of the Department of Observation and Measurement of Scientific Work (Doomwatch). He was played by John Paul but as the actor had died in 1995, the character was recast. See more »

Goofs

The credit "Based on the television series created by Kit Pedler and Gerry Davies" is misspelled: the co-creator's name was Gerry Davis. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 2011 Boulevard Entertainment DVD release differs from the original Channel 5 broadcast version, and is perhaps a slightly earlier cut: the opening originating credit is "Based on the television series created by Kit Pedlar and Gerry Davies" instead of "Based on the television series created by Kit Pedler and Gerry Davies", and "Special thanks to National Power and Littlebrook Power Station" instead reads "Special thanks to Powergen and Littlebrook Power Station". The DVD also closes with an onscreen credit for Universal which did not feature on transmission. See more »

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Follows Doomwatch (1972) See more »

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Doomwatch - Failed Reboot
8 March 2012 | by roysix-1See all my reviews

My review is based on my recollection of this TV pilot when it was originally broadcast on Channel 5 in the UK, back in 1999. The details of characters and plot points are now pretty vague in my memory (12+ years having now passed) but I can still remember that I enjoyed this programme in much the same way I enjoyed The Quatermass Conclusion (i.e. Nice to see a favourite back on TV but disappointed that it wasn't like the "original"). I should also point out that I am familiar with the "original" Doomwatch TV series of the 70's and the Ian Bannen film version of 1972, owning VHS & DVD copies of each.

This type of film needs to be carried by a lead actor up to the task and in that respect Trevor Eve handles the heroic starring roll with aplomb, giving his character the gravitas required to fulfill that position. No!!!, that sounds poncy. What I meant to say was Trevor Eve is good in it. I don't remember thinking anything more about the acting in this film. I remember that the plot intrigued me. I also remember that the ending was good, setting the scene for a series that unfortunately never transpired.

I see that this film is now available on DVD. I personally wont bother buying the DVD. Although Doomwatch: Winter Angel had it's moments, had an interesting storyline, and great potential as a new TV series, the bottom line is that unsatisfactory feeling of watching another failed TV pilot, and I've seen so many of them over the years. However, if they ever repeat it on TV and I'm not doing anything that day I'll probably record it.


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