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Concept Notes for New SF Drama

A summary of ideas for a new science fiction BBC TV series.

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Document Type | Memo

29 March 1963

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1963

Synopsis

Using Alice Frick's research as a starting point, Head of Drama Sydney Newman commissioned a team to come up with concepts for a family drama for Saturday evenings. This report from writer CE Webber (with pencil notes from Newman) compiles some of the suggestions and tries to push for a new TV show called... 'The Troubleshooters'.

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Author of this document Cecil Webber (known as 'Bunny' to his friends) was a respected writer for children's TV, having been responsible for adaptations of Richmal Crompton's 'William' stories. Although 'The Troubleshooters' didn't progress beyond this stage, the outline here does share some similarities with the 1970s BBC science fiction series 'Doomwatch', as well as the 'Doctor Who' spin-off 'Torchwood'.

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