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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 »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Caroline Langrishe ...
Pippa Guard ...
Patrick Magee ...
Trevor Ray ...
Sylvia Coleridge ...
Jean Trend ...
Timothy Davies ...
Jim Bone
Bernadette Shortt ...
Tony Melody ...
Bill Gavin ...
David Griffin ...
Karl Howman ...
Jenny Donnison ...


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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1.33 : 1
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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 »


Referenced in Did You See..?: Episode #1.7 (1980) See more »


You'd Better Believe it, Babe
Written by Rick Jones and David Pierce
Performed by Meal Ticket
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Historical researcher from the future lands in 1980's London
18 June 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've just watched this play, on DVD, for the first time in over twenty years. I enjoyed it the first time round but expected it to be dated and a bit staid after so many years had passed. But I could not have been more wrong, for sure it is of its time but it is still as touching, funny and compelling as it was then. Often Sci Fi is more a mirror of the time that it was made than a projection of the future, just look at the original Star Trek and you can see a future looking very nineteen sixties. However The Domanick Hide plays manage to depict a future which is more than just an extension of the Eighties. The exception being a computer keyboard that looked as though it was taken from a Comodore C84 or similar, hardly surprising given the limited budget of these plays. What is surprising is that, limited budget or not, when Domanick is in his own time you feel that he really is in the future. Sorry no car chases, aliens, ray guns or violence just a just a really good story with some good music and a few laughs thrown in. Definitely worth the cover price

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