travel can be a tricky thing to control at the best of times
but when a researcher from 2132, the eponymous Dominick Hide
(Spooks's Peter Firth), gets embroiled with his own
past things start to get really out of hand...
Flipside Of Dominick Hide (1980) was a double BANFF winner
for the BBC's Play for Today team. Its mix of time
travel, romance, comedy and suspense - plus a great twist
ending - also ensured a sequel, Another Flip For Dominick
(1982), which although very good, fails to muster the magic
of the original.
first time travel mission is to work out why the buses in
the past (his past) never ran on time. However, acting on
a tip-off from his great auntie Mavis, he decides to track
down a long-dead relative, a process that breaks all the rules
of time travel. He quickly discovers that the past is a truly
foreign country, although romance hasn't changed all that
Michael Gough makes a cameo appearance as a UFO specialist
and there's a great visual joke about a holographic musician
in a bar but the great joy of these two plays is the simple
pleasure of watching a good cast act out great scripts.
sound and picture quality on this disc are at best adequate
but you'd be hard-pressed to complain too loudly as both plays
are a joy, and one's a genuine classic.
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