SEX AND VIOLENCE

The Doomwatch no­body saw...

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Time Machine Doomwatch -

No­to­ri­ously, third se­ries episode “Sex And Violence” was pulled a week or two ahead of trans­mis­sion, and re­mains un­broad­cast to this day. Here, Doomwatch’s as­sign­ment was to in­ves­ti­gate “moral pol­lu­tion”, in an episode clearly de­signed to satirise Lord Long­ford’s much-ridiculed 1971 com­mis­sion on pornog­ra­phy. It’s been said that the episode went un­shown ei­ther be­cause it in­cor­po­rated ac­tual doc­u­men­tary footage of a mass pub­lic ex­e­cu­tion by fir­ing squad in Nige­ria, or be­cause its fic­tional sub­com­mit­tee in­cor­po­rated ob­vi­ous car­i­ca­tures of Long­ford him­self, clean-up-TV cam­paigner Mary White­house and whole­some singer Cliff Richard.

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