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Alternative 3 (1977)

World ecological collapse; the next ice-age has already begun! Lucky for us, governments know what to do. Unfortunately it's a conspiracy to end all conspiracies. Vanishing scientists, ... See full summary »

Director:

Christopher Miles

Writers:

David Ambrose, David Ambrose (deviser) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Brinton Tim Brinton ... Self / Narrator
Gregory Munroe Gregory Munroe ... Colin Benson
Carol Hazell Carol Hazell ... Katherine White
Shane Rimmer ... Bob Grodin
Richard Marner ... Dr. Carl Gerstein
David Baxt ... Harry
Alec Linstead Alec Linstead ... Professor Broadbent
Norman Chancer Norman Chancer ... Charles Welbourne
Anthony Roye Anthony Roye ... Robert Hendry
Patsy Trench Patsy Trench ... Dr. Ann Clarke
Phoebe Nicholls ... Harry's Girlfriend
Ivor Roberts Ivor Roberts ... George Pendlebury
Linda Cunningham Linda Cunningham ... Annie
Nancy Adams Nancy Adams ... Doreen Patterson
Jonathan Hieatt-Smith Jonathan Hieatt-Smith ... Young Man in Laboratory
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World ecological collapse; the next ice-age has already begun! Lucky for us, governments know what to do. Unfortunately it's a conspiracy to end all conspiracies. Vanishing scientists, dubious space missions, and a freak accident which kills the courier of a tape containing a secret radio message from an unmanned Mars probe - holds the key. Ruthless investigative reporters uncover the ominous master plan. Written by Sven Kahrkling <sven@customized.com>

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Richard Marner didn't rehearse his lines to make the delivery appear as natural as possible. See more »

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One of the all-time classic hoax programmes
13 September 2018 | by marksimmons23See all my reviews

I distinctly remember the impact of Alternative 3 at the time of its broadcast, as the effect it had on our parents and adults was the talk of the playground. Watching it now I can see why. Closely mimicking the news documentary format of the time, which albeit primitive in our internet age, was trustworthy to everyone in the 70s , the programme played as a realistic expose of themes that most people then found frightening. A coming global catastrophe, secret elites, murderous conspiracies, media cover-ups, a dash of cold hard space paranoia, and that pre-instant playback feel of "what exactly did I just see on my TV", must have been a heady mix. No wonder people were annoyed when it was revealed as an April Fool fiction.


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UK

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

20 June 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Science Report See more »

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Anglia Television See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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