I remember a TV show from the 90s in which a boy from our Earth somehow ends up on a parallel Earth in a pre-industrial society. IIRC, it's a counter-Earth on the other side of the sun.

The part I remember most distinctly is that he meets a girl of a similar age, and he tried to explain a heliocentric solar system to her by rotating around her. The villagers mistake this as some kind of courtship dance and get upset.

I have a vague recollection of it being maybe a BBC or CBC production, but I'm not certain.


While the details aren't completely right, that sounds like Spellbinder (1995).

An accident involving high voltage sends the male teenage protagonist to an alternate world that is pre-industrial, but relics of older and more advanced civilization still existed, like special suits of armor that fired bolts of electricity. He does meet a local girl, but I can't remember the details well enough to say if there was a courtship misunderstanding or not.

I think an eclipse occurred in an early episode and the locals had a primitive explanation for it. Based on that, it seems likely he tried to explain the solar system at some point.

It was an Australian/Polish production.

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    I've located the episode with the eclipse and I've taken the liberty of editing it into your answer. – Valorum Jan 11 '17 at 21:58
  • Wow, yeah, that's the one. It's amazing how hard it is to get details right, but the specific mise-en-scene is right there. Thanks! – Justin Jan 12 '17 at 1:08

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