Made-for-tv film (1980). BBC TV. Directed by Alan Gibson, starring Peter Firth, Caroline Langrishe, Pippa Guard, Patrick Magee. Teleplay Gibson, Jeremy Paul. 95 minutes. Colour.
This was an unexpected success, winning several awards. Hide (Firth) travels back in a flying saucer (> UFOs) from the somewhat austere 2130 CE to contemporary London to do historical research. A Candide-figure, he is confused but cheerful about what he finds, falls in love, and (of course) becomes his own great-great-great-grandfather. This film is unusual in not being pessimistic about modern life, and uses its future perspective cleverly to provide a sort of instant nostalgia for the present day. The sequel, Another Flip for Dominick (1982), 85 minutes, made by and starring the same people, has Hide revisiting the past in search of a missing colleague; it is less memorable. [PN]
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