(Superimposed caption on screen: 'SPECTRUM')
Presenter: Good evening. Tonight 'Spectrum'
looks at one of the major problems in the world today - that old
vexed question of what is going on. Is there still time to confront
it, let alone solve it, or is it too late? What are the figures,
what are the facts, what do people mean when they talk about things?
Alexander Hardacre of the Economic Affairs Bureau.
(Cut to equally intense pundit in front of a graph with three
different colored columns with percentages at the top. He talks
with great authority)
Hardacre: In this graph, this column represents
23% of the population. This column represents 28% of the population,
and this column represents 43% of the population.
(Cut back to presenter.)
Presenter: Telling figures indeed, but what do
they mean to you, what do they mean to me, what do they mean to the
average man in the street? With me now is Professor Tiddles of Leeds
(Pull out to reveal bearded professor sitting next to
Presenter: ... Professor, you've spent many
years researching into things, what do you think?
Professor: I think it's too early to tell.
(Cut to presenter, he talks even faster now.)
Presenter: 'Too early to tell' ... too early to
say... it means the same thing. The word 'say' is the same as the
word 'tell'. They're not spelt the same, but they mean the same.
It's an identical situation, we have with 'ship' and 'boat'
(holds up signs saying 'ship' and 'boat') but not the same as we
have with 'bow' and 'bough' (holds up signs), they're spelt
differently, mean different things but sound the same. (he holds
up signs saying 'so there') But the real question remains. What
is the solution, if any, to this problem? What can we do? What am I
saying? Why am I sitting in this chair? Why am I on this program?
And what am I going to say next? Here to answer this is a
(Cut to cricketer.)
Cricketer: (ERIC) I can say nothing at this
(Cut back to presenter.)
Presenter: Well, you were wrong... Professor?
(Pull out to reveal professor still next to him.)
(Cut to close-up of presenter.)
Presenter: Hello. So... where do we stand? Where
do we stand? Where do we sit? Where do we come? Where do we go? What
do we do? What do we say? What do we eat? What do we drink? What do
we think? What do we do?
(Mix to stock film of London-Brighton train journey in two
minutes. After a few seconds the train goes into a tunnel.
Blackness. Loud crash. Cut to signalbox as before.)
Signalman: (calling out of window) Sorry!
(He goes back to wrestling with bear.)