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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

Ian says:

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.

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