They showed this to children! Children that had just come home from school! Sitting on the carpet with their McVities and Jaffa Cakes and Penguins and their mugs of milk and cups of tea!
BBC advised it was "for older children" - but how do you prevent the little 'uns from watching? I was eleven when I saw it, my brothers were nine and six...
youtube blurb: "The Changes, broadcast every Monday from 6th January to 10th March 1975,
was one of the BBC's first post-apocalyptic TV programmes (barring
Peter Watkins' The War Game (see below)). The children's TV series
depicted the breakdown of society after people are compelled to reject
and destroy technology of all kinds including the simplest machinery.
This violent reaction and people's subsequent desertion of the country
is triggered by a sound seemingly emitted by electricity pylons. schoolgirl
Nicky Gore (played by Victoria Williams) is caught amidst the chaos and
gets separated from her parents who are heading to France in the hope
of finding safety. The series follows Nicky's journey to be reunited
with her parents and seek an answer to the cause of The Changes. The
series was an adaptation of The Devil's Children - the first of three
novels in The Changes trilogy by author Peter Dickinson which also
included Heartsease and The Weathermonger. Filming took place over the
summer of 1973 and was shot in the West Country, namely Bristol, the
Forest of Dean and Sharpness. Although playing a schoolgirl in her
early teens, Victoria Williams celebrated her eighteenth birthday during