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 »


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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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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: [FIRST 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. Naturally, the inhabitants of Arg get a bit fed up with trippers and tend to discourage them. Often they will even nick the essential crystal off their time machines and hide it. Visitors from planet Earth enquiring after their crystal can nevertheless feel quite at home here, because the Argons are a polite race and careful to adapt ...
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Norwegian Dance, Opus 35, No. 2
Composed by Edvard Grieg
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Journey to another time
16 June 2019 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Inspired by Dungeons and Dragons, 'The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy', and the BBC microcomputer, 'The Adventure Game' was a particularly charming piece of children's television. Watching it now on DVD, a number of things strike you: how well-spoken everybody is, how the male contenstants casually patronise the female ones, and the preposterousness of inviting the presenter of 'Play School' to solve logic problems based on recongising Tschiakovsky's '1812 Overture' or the title of Lawrence of Arabia's book 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom'. Also that it's a strange example of reality T.V., with scripted aliens interacting with mostly genuine contenstants; and above all else, that no-one really seems to have a clue what they're doing. The problems are too hard, some of the gags are brilliant while others fall flat, the early episodes varied in length because they couldn't edit them into a consistent format (and apparently, in some instances, they even ran out of time in filiming them). And yet there's a magic here, with its bizarre sense of humour and challenges far more engaging than those seen on other vaguely similar programmes. Series 1 (featuring Moira Stewart, of all people) is the most improbable, it really feels like the producers are winging it; series 3, with the vortex, the aspidistra, and the backwards speaking man, is the one that surely sticks in most people's minds. They really don't make them like this any more.

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