of the Burn Up - Part Three
Written by Bruce Stewart
The old man ........ proceeds to unravel one of the spools of
tape on a nearby computer bank. He snips a section of the unravelled
tape and pockets it before attempting to re-attach the two cut
ends. Simon sees this and creeps up on him. As the old man continues
with his apparent act of sabotage, Simon asks him what he is doing.
The old man, startled, turns to face the boy. His face revealed
to him, Simon can only utter the name of the man he now recognises
as Commander Traynor...
Traynor doesn't recognise Simon at first but when he does he
admonishes Simon for not following his instructions back in 1970
and staying away from the time barrier. Simon is more curious
that Traynor remembers the event from the past. As he points out,
in some of the time barrier's projections people don't usually
remember things like that. However, Simon suspects that Controller
2957 knows more about his past than he's telling. At the mention
of the Controller's name, Traynor is moved to anger. He tells
Simon he should never have returned and adds that he's getting
old and very tired. As he turns to leave, Traynor makes Simon
promise that he'll tell no one that he has seen him.... especially
2957. As he leaves, he says that it was he who created all this.
Simon recalls the mention of it during his chat with him in his
office in 1970. Now Traynor has fallen from grace and become,
in his own words, "a misfit".
With that he leaves via the secret door.
Controller 2957 is in his office where Alpha 4 is showing him
the instructional tape relating to the production of synthetic
rubber for the Atlantic Curtain. According to Alpha 4, the tape
does not contain any reference to 2957's order. Whilst 2957 accepts
Alpha 4's word, he still cannot accept that he didn't make the
order. He asks for confirmation that he gave the order from the
two Alpha secretaries but only proceeds to mix up their identities.
He gets Alpha 4 to bring up a map of the current situation on
the Atlantic Curtain project. He is shocked to discover that they
are so far behind the Americans. Again, he pleads ignorance as
the evidence points to his incompetence. Alpha 4 remains calm
as he patronises the Controller telling him there is no record.
Behind a secret window into the office, Traynor is watching the
2957 reveals that the delay may result in disaster for the project.
He finally loses his temper complaining that the department had
better buck its ideas up. As 2957 defends the Master Plan, Simon
enters the office. He sees Simon as a welcome diversion telling
him that they'll continue their tour. Leaving Alpha 4 to sort
out the problem, he leaves with Simon. The Alpha secretaries discuss
their Controller and surmise that he must be tired. Alpha 4 has
come up with another reason. His examination of the tape has revealed
a definite edit in the tape.
Behind the secret window, Traynor breaks out into a sinister
Back at the jungle community, Vera is showing one of the misfits
how to tend the vegetables.
Paul is teaching some of the new misfits about poultry and reveals
that few of them have never seen an egg before having been brought
on synthetic foods created by the technocracy.
In the art room, Beth is teaching a group of misfits to paint.
Liz is also painting... a picture of the Ice Box.... Or rather
trying! Liz is adamant that she can't paint but Beth reveals that
her schoolteachers didn't know how to harness her genuine talents.
Liz asks Beth what made her want to start the community. She says
that at a point in her life, she decided that education was a
charade and decided to move away somewhere with a few "unspoilt
youngsters" to bring them up to be themselves. She also reveals
there are similar communities all over England and into the rest
of Europe. The video screen buzzes an alert. Activating it they
scan the jungle.
Near the village, Simon is bidding farewell to a nervous 2957.
A final query from Simon brings up the subject of Commander Traynor.
2957 doesn't want to talk about him. He was Traynor's personal
assistant and explains that Traynor betrayed the technocracy when
he tampered with the Master Plan. "Now society has a score
to settle with him.... just as it does with Beth!"
Beth and Liz have watched the conversation on the screen. Beth
hopes that Simon has seen a taste of both the future and his future
self. As she returns to working on her sculpture, Beth becomes
self-deprecating about herself claiming that Liz wouldn't want
to grow up to become her. Liz says she is wrong. Beth also explains
that at one point, she and Simon were to be married.
The news of Liz and Simon's future "relationship" comes
as a shock to Simon when Controller 2957 reveals it to him in
the jungle. In the end, continues 2957, they were incompatible.
Liz cannot understand their incompatibility. Beth jokes that it
takes a lot off Liz's mind, and says that they were proven to
be so by computer. Whilst 2957 had straight A's, Beth ended up
with a D-minus.
Controller 2957 reflects that they were both saved from a nasty
mistake. Simon ponders on Beth's D-minus in the tests.
Liz is upset that the test shows her to be little more than a
Both Simon and 2957 are now sitting in the jungle and quietly
feeling sorry for Beth and Liz. Meanwhile, in the community, Liz
is spitting feathers about Simon in front of a highly amused Beth.
At the Ministry, Alpha 4 has removed a file from a cupboard.
It relates to a cloning programme and is dated May 1989. He walks
forward as he begins to read it. He stops by a blinded window.
The sunlight filters through as the blinds suddenly flick open
and he staggers, holding his hand up to shield his eyes from the
In the community, Paul comments on the heat. He thinks the sun
is getting hotter and brighter. Vera doesn't believe him. Paul
calls out to the other misfits that it's time to go foraging.
Simon asks Liz if she wants to go with him. Liz is still upset
about the revelation that she is a "moron". Liz's outburst
to Simon amuses Vera. As Vera explains how she became a misfit
she tells the two children that she is a B+ which Simon says is
great.... offending Liz in the process who storms off.
Beth is in the community's square. She comes over giddy for a
moment and looks up. For a brief period, sparkling particles appear
to fall from the sky. Vera and Simon return from their foraging.
Vera says that Paul was right. It is getting hotter. Simon speaks
to Beth who is preparing some preserves in one of the huts. He
comments on the odd thunder from the previous day whilst Beth
mentions the "dancing lights" from earlier. Simon is
suffering from future shock and begins to talk about all the changes
and developments he is having to get used to. He mentions "clones".
Beth thinks "clones" are a dead end! She tells Simon
that the clones are divided into "Deltas" and "Alphas"
- the hunters are Deltas. Simon asks if Controller 2957 goes along
with the cloning programme... She also tells her that 2957 still
likes her. Beth says the animosity between her and 2957 goes back
to the computer test, which revealed to her who she really was.
However Beth wasn't really interested in the test. She was only
interested in the fact that 2957 might be in love with her.
Liz is foraging in the jungle when she is grabbed by Paul and
dragged into the cover of the bushes. He beckons her to be quiet.
Two hunters (including Delta 22) are patrolling nearby with orders
not to shoot unless they have to. Paul ponders on the hunter's
orders. As the two move to make their way back to the community,
Liz notices the dying vegetation.
Back at the community, Vera has also noticed a similar problem
with her cabbages. She calls out to Beth and Simon who come to
Paul is checking a dead bush whilst Liz sees that the creek into
which she and Simon fell when they arrived, has dried up.
As Simon and Beth try to comfort a distressed Vera, a heavy branch
falls from a tree. Beth comments that 2957 and the technocrats
have finally done it. "They're burning us up!"
Complete cast for part three
Denis Quilley (Commander Traynor), Cheryl Burfield (Liz Skinner),
Spencer Banks (Simon Randall), Mary Preston (Beth Skinner), David
Graham (2657), Brain Pettifer (Paul), Merdel Jordine (Vera), Ian
Fairbairn (Alpha 4), Teresa Scoble (Alpha 16), Lisa Scoble (Alpha
17), Delta 22 (Patrick Durkin)
Script Editor Ruth Boswell
Scientific Advisor Geoffrey Hoyle
Designer Michael Eve
Director Peter Jefferies
Producer John Cooper
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