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Trial At Sea

Teleplay by
Donald James

Directed by
Brian Heard

Edited by
Len Cleal

Original UK Airdate:
April 13th, 1969 (ATV Midlands)

"I want to warn you, Sir George. I want to give you a sporting chance."

Joe 90 races against time to prevent a new hoverliner being blown up by a bomb.

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A warning that a bomb has been placed in the world's first Hoverliner is received by the company's chairman, Sir George Harris. The bomb is found, but then another telephone warning is received saying that the liner will be blown up on its maiden voyage.

This time, however, the W.I.N. organisation has moved in, the telephone tapped and the mystery voice recorded. A search fails to reveal the existence of a bomb, but in the meanwhile Sam works on the voice pattern of the caller and discovers that it belongs to a man named Johnson Webb*, who has a grudge against Sir George and his company.

Sam visits him and secretly takes his brain patterns before handing him over to the police. The patterns are transferred to Joe, who is thus able to reveal that the bomb is, in fact, aboard the liner. It's of a deadly design, and Joe 90 is the only man** who can handle it.

There's a desperate race against time ahead of him to get to the liner and work on the intricate triple detonator mechanism which could set off the bomb and plunge the liner to its doom........

Regular Cast:
Joe, Mac, Sam, Shane
Additional Voice Cast:
Sir George Harris Jeremy Wilkin
Cope Gary Files
Johnston Webb Gary Files
Tannoy (voice) Keith Alexander
Launch Controller (voice) Keith Alexander
Captain Jeremy Wilkin
W.I.N. Pager (voice) Gary Files
Miller Gary Files

* The character name is misspelled in the story information book. The original script lists him as Johnston Webb.

** Perhaps "one" would have been better than describing a nine year old boy as a "man".

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