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World War Z
I remember a TV play in the mid ’ 80s. It starts with a teenage girl living on a farm; a man appears pushing a cart and wearing a full lab suit. He tests the water, takes off his gear and proceeds to swim in the river. He and the girl become friends, but it all goes wrong.
Paul Drinkwater, Cheadle Hulme
That’s Z For Zachariah, a BBC Play For Today from 1984, based on Robert C O’Brien’s YA book of the same name. The “something” you refer to is a nuclear war, which fortuitously leaves 16- year- old Ann’s remote valley mostly unscathed. Ann’s happy to have company at first, but scientist John Loomis gradually becomes more controlling and sinister… Sadly it’s not available on DVD . A movie version starring Chris Pine is in the works.