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Play for Tomorrow

Season 1 Episode 5


Aired Thursday 9:30 PM May 11, 1982 on BBC
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By 1999, there is mass unemployment. The government is paying unemployed youths to live in converted office blocks and amuse themselves in a virtual reality environment.

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      • value?: Flubble, flub, flubb. Hooray! Thanks for the mammaries.
        Although at the time I was challenged by the grim reality of a world where everyone was reduced to a jobless voyeur (Actually I cant remember a drama from 1982 that wasn't about unemployment. At least though this was Sci-Fi. albeit BBC style.)
        As a young 'un I understood why the opening credits solarised to the sound of The Jam's "Burning Sky" over film of a mushroom cloud.
        We were after all, clearly doomed.
        Significantly perhaps the only other element to stick in my memory was that one character used his *shades* purely to view sexual content. Hem Hem
        There must have been a point to whatever the rest of the low budget, single roomed cast of characters were watching. Maybe even a plot. Dunno. Failed to stick anyway.
        But while at the time I found it unlikely that in the future Erica Roe streaking at Twickenham would still be a potent and erotic image to titilate and delight the next generations of disengaged *Lotus eaters*
        While in a way I was right. Much more significantly I was
        wrong and while this will never be much more than a rip off version of "The year of the sex olympics"
        I cannot deny that the future has happened.
        I could likely download a clip of her ungainly, large chested but somehow wholesomely British gallop which propelled her into the hearts of the public and (personally) into an eventual laundry incident.
        I bet there was something about the Falklands too. And as we all now know any kind of mult-media network of information will contain all sorts of interesting and informative stuff about politics and the economy and different and interesting cultural viewpoints.
        But Its mainly a lot of people sitting about rabbiting on about aging T.V. shows and wanking like safari park chimps.
        At least thats how things are in my office. Mostly.
        Erica Roe I take my hat off (And at the time, discreetly, my sheets.) to you and your double D 15 minutes of fame. How inncent we all were in that, the pre-silicon age. I have now seen a Zebra forced into activity that might not have been entirely consensual.
        Now thats science.
        and hopefully fiction.

        Out of interest is anyone likely to read this?