Three people are stranded on a planet on the far side of the galaxy. In order to return to earth they must first locate a crystal to power their spacecraft. But (and this is where the whole... See full summary »


Patrick Dowling




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1986   1984   1981   1980  
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Series cast summary:
Chris Lever Chris Lever ...  Gandor 22 episodes, 1980-1986
Charmian Gradwell Charmian Gradwell ...  Gnoard 16 episodes, 1980-1984
Bill Homewood ...  Rongad / ... 11 episodes, 1984-1986


Three people are stranded on a planet on the far side of the galaxy. In order to return to earth they must first locate a crystal to power their spacecraft. But (and this is where the whole thing begins to get tricky) to find the crystal they must navigate their way through a series of practical and mental problems, devised by a fiendish alien intelligence Written by Anonymous

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aspidistra | contest | vortex | puzzle | See All (4) »



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24 May 1980 (UK) See more »

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The series pilot was never broadcast. Featuring a live audience, it overran in studio - and also contained a game involving the electrical conductivity of salt water, something it was felt was highly inappropriate for a series which children would be watching. See more »


Opening narration: [FOURTH SEASON] Many light years away, on the far side of the galaxy, in a region often visited by time-travelers, lies Arg. A small planet of little consequence. The Argons, a polite race, nevertheless have a regrettable sense of humor, and enjoy testing the wit and perspicacity of any visitors. This testing of alien intelligences has become rather a popular past-time for the Argons, and it's one of their top-rated television shows. Now, thanks to the miracle of hyperspace laser-relays, we can ...
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Crazy Credits

Also, all the credits are worded to contain the word "Arg" - the credit for Set Design is Argitecture, Art Design is Visions of Arg, on so on. These credit changes were made because the show purports to be a broadcast of a game show from another planet. See more »


Featured in The 100 Greatest Kids TV Shows (2001) See more »


Duo in G, Opus 34
Composed by Ferdinando Carulli
Performed by Julian Bream and John Williams
(series theme-tune)
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Doog Yrev!
4 June 2005 | by film_andySee all my reviews

BBC 2. The 80's.

The Drogna Game... The Vortex... Chegwin... This is what classic TV is about: Minor celebrities of the era grovelling to a potted plant which just so happens to be royalty. Genius.

Can't really remember what exactly it was all about, or if indeed there was a point to it all - I just have incredibly fond memories of this show, mainly due to how daft and baffling it all was.

I seem to recall Moira Stewert being in there somewhere, Noel Edmonds, Fern Britton, Cheggers... probably Richard Stilgoe or the likes of...

They certainly don't make 'em like THIS anymore...

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