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The Flipside of Dominick Hide 

Dominick Hide, a time traveller from the year 2130, is studying the London transport system of 1980. Time travellers are supposed to be observers, and are strictly forbidden to land their ... See full summary »

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Caroline Langrishe ...
Jane
Pippa Guard ...
Ava
Patrick Magee ...
Trevor Ray ...
Alaric
Sylvia Coleridge ...
Jean Trend ...
Timothy Davies ...
Jim Bone
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Felix
Bernadette Shortt ...
Midge
Tony Melody ...
Harry
Bill Gavin ...
Brian
David Griffin ...
Carl
Karl Howman ...
Geoffrey
Jenny Donnison ...
Carole
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Dominick Hide, a time traveller from the year 2130, is studying the London transport system of 1980. Time travellers are supposed to be observers, and are strictly forbidden to land their flying saucers. One time traveller who broke this rule accidentally killed a dog, changing history and causing many future people to disappear. Inspired by his Great Aunt Mavis, Dominick decides to find his great great grandfather. He begins to land in 1980, where his strange clothes and speech make him seem an eccentric oddball. His quest brings him into contact with beautiful boutique owner Jane, and they fall in love. As Dominick's visits become more frequent and more prolonged, he increasingly risks his indiscretion being discovered by his boss, Caleb Line, and every moment he spends in the past increases the danger that he will catastrophically change the future. Written by Anonymous

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9 December 1980 (UK)  »

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The soundtrack features several Beatles songs, including "Yesterday", "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "Here Comes the Sun". By a quirk of fate, this production was originally broadcast on December 9, 1980, one day after John Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman. See more »

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Followed by Play for Today: Another Flip for Dominick (1982) See more »

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Here Comes the Sun
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Composed by George Harrison
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30 years on
11 August 2010 | by (Nottingham England) – See all my reviews

I helped make the first of these two splendid TV programs. I was a video tape operator/engineer on the pub / party scenes in part one. I had the chance to read the script before the recording. It read well and they acted it wonderfully. I am delighted that these programs survived the pillage of the VT library that killed so many other programs, but this one would still stand out as superlative even if all the rest made it to the 21st century.

I watched it just now on an 'old' digital PVR and online (for part 2). The machine I recorded it on from the studio at the BBC shares none of that technology. We have come further in these 30 years in many technical and social areas than is shown in the future view of 2130 that we see in these flips and yet this double past somehow still feels alive and vibrant. If we can see and hear the past, it's still there. I would never have 'clean wiped' that tape.


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