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Jim Francis (1954-5 October 2001) was one of the visual effects designers on the Doctor Who story The Caves of Androzani. He was a major force in British television special effects during the 1980s and 1990s. He served as VED on The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, most of Blake's 7 and the eighth season of Red Dwarf. He worked, or at least was credited, up to the year of his death.
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