Play for Today: Season 11, Episode 8

The Flipside of Dominick Hide (9 Dec. 1980)

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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 ... See full summary »


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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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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 »


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A memorable play for today
9 August 1999 | by (Weston super Mare, UK) – See all my reviews

Quite agree with the comments posted, a very entertaining concept. Not so sure it would be dated now. Managed to record both episodes on the re-run but sadly misplaced the tape some years ago. Still makes me smile when someone bumps into live musicians in the pub - still waiting for holographic performers to be available!

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