| Series A for Andromeda|
Season 1, Episode 3
|Air date||October 17th, 1961|
|Writers|| Fred Hoyle|
|Producers|| Michael Hayes|
|Starring||Esmond Knight; Patricia Kneale; Peter Halliday; Noel Johnson; Julie Christie|
At Thorness in Scotland, scientist John Fleming nears completion of the Ministry of Defence's new supercomputer. He is joined by a biolgist named Madeleine Dawnay. The computer program that the scientists intercepted from the Andromeda Galaxy outlines the design for the creation of living cell tissue. Fleming grows wary of the project and suspects that an alien intelligence might be behind the supercomputer's equations. Dawnay remains undeterred however and experiments on the designs that the computer outputs. She succeeds in synthesising a primitive protoplasmic lifeform. Fleming grows even more concerned and voices his opinion, declaring that the entire project should be shut down.
Meanwhile, Dennis Bridger continues to sell the project's secrets to Kaufmann at Intel. The Ministry of Defence learns of his betrayal Judy Adamson confronts him. Bridger tries to escape, but dies after falling off the edge of a cliff.
Notes & Trivia Edit
- The story is told in flashback from the recollection of Professor Ernest Reinhart.