The X Files – Out of This World – Jumpin’ Jack Flash – tape 2324

First on this tape, from Sky One, The X Files and an episode called Avatar. It starts with Skinner receiving papers he has to sign and he doesn’t want to – it’s his divorce papers.

Then he goes out and picks up a woman, or rather she picks him up, which is never a good sign in this sort of programme.

They canoodle, and he has a strange dream about an old woman’s face, before waking up and finding his partner of the evening dead.

He keeps seeing the old woman, in scenes that are reminiscent of Roeg’s Don’t Look Now.

But it all turns out to be a conspiracy inside the FBI to get Skinner ousted and shut down the X Files (obviously it all has to be about Mulder – Duchovny has a story credit on this) and it ends with Skinner still in place, and his marriage possibly on slightly better footing.

After this, recording switches to BBC1 for the end of the news.

There’s a trailer for Inside Story. Then Newsroom South-East. Weather news from Peter Cockcroft.

Trailers for Parkinson: The Interviews featuring Shirley Maclaine and Lauren Bacall. And also one for the Stephen King mini-series The Stand.

Then, a lovely treat, which wasn’t marked in my database. It’s another episode of Carol Vorderman’s slightly credulous paranormal show Out of This World.

They start with a piece about big cats loose in the countryside. There’s compelling footage of a big cat on the horizon.

The young Sloggett brothers, Matthew and Jonathan, breathlessly describe their encounter with one of the wild animals.

Their father is a reverend so you know the boys can’t be lying.

The programme tries to replicate the video of the big cat by seeing what it looks like if they let a regular cat run across the horizon and video it. It does look very similar.

But Peter Bircher, curator of Marwell Zoo, examines the original footage and says, on balance, he thinks it’s a fox.

Next there’s a piece investigating the claims made by Carol Everett, who claims she can diagnose medical problems through psychic means.

Heartthrob psychologist Dr Richard Wiseman tests the claims, with five test subjects who have to be diagnosed, then judge the accuracy of the diagnoses. In this simple test she only got one out of five, which is well within chance.

Next, there’s the story about Edith Pretty, and the discovery on her property of the Sutton Hoo Anglo Saxon treasure. It’s claimed she saw visions of soldiers in the area of the dig, and that’s why they excavated the burial mounds.

There’s the results of the series’ test into luck. They asked people to answer a questionnaire about how lucky they considered themselves, and also if they were playing the National Lottery at the weekend. It then saw whether lucky people won more that unlucky people. The answer was, not significantly.

The last story is quite batty, but interesting. It’s about a strange group who have a box containing the prophecies of Joanna Southcott, and they claim that the box needs to be opened in the presence of 24 bishops, to avoid the end of the world. “It was opened three times in her lifetime, and the prophecies were found to be accurate.” This sounds exactly like “The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch” from Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens.

Here’s the whole show.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 13th August 1996 – 21:30

After this, there’s a trailer for a week of classic Star Trek episodes. Then a trailer for Warren Beatty’s Dick Tracy.

Then, recording continues, with Whoopi Goldberg’s highly entertaining Jumpin’ Jack Flash. I’ve already looked at this on a previous tape (and it’s the closest I’ve got to an actual review – I do tend to stick to recaps) so here’s a bit more of a recap about the stuff I like.

It’s directed by Penny Marshall, off of Laverne and Shirley. And produced by Joel Silver, the uber producer of the time.

Whoopi Goldberg was always great, and here she’s given a lot of scope to be cool and funny. She likes to wrap up warm, that’s for sure.

Carol Kane plays one of her coworkers.

So does Jon Lovitz

And Phil Hartman

There’s a certain amount of inconsistency with Whoopi’s monitor. It starts off as a monochrome one (with yellow phosphor)

Then when she cracks the key to Jack’s secret chatroom (or whatever, the film is unclear on how all this communication is happening) it becomes colour.

John Wood (off of Wargames, of course) plays a member of the British Consular service.

Stephen Collins plays a new guy in the office, replacing a woman on Maternity leave.

Jim Belushi turns up, while Whoopi is staying late talking to Jack on her terminal, as a Sperry repairman. This is an excellent scene, because Whoopi follows excellent security protocols, as she phones Sperry herself to confirm that he is legit. Which he isn’t. Frankly, this makes up for any niggles about colour video monitors I may have.

You can tell this is a Joel Silver production, as when Whoopi escapes from a taxi driven by evil Jim Belushi by clonking him on the head with a frying pan, the slow moving taxi contrives to turn over. Impressive.

Jeroen Krabbe plays one of Jack’s spy friends, although he’s a bit scary to start with. It’s a tiny part for such a big actor.

Director Garry Marshall plays a police detective, obviously doing a favour for his sister Penny.

June Chadwick plays a British Embassy worker. I remember her best from This is Spinal Tap and V. There are more Spinal Tap alumni to come.

Michael McKean is another, here with Tracey Ullman as guests at the embassy. He’s also director Penny Marshall’s co-star in Laverne and Shirley.

In the security room at the Embassy, the Brits are literally watching The Benny Hill Show.

Roscoe Lee Browne plays someone important in the CIA.

I love the totally random production design around Whoopi’s flat, like the giant toothbrush.

Yet another Spinal Tap alumnus is Tony Hendra, as a heavy from the British Embassy.

Yet another gratuitous car accident.

And we finally meet Jack, aka Jonathan Pryce, cast mainly for his smouldering voice rather than his smouldering looks, I fear. There was an audible sound of disappointment in the cinema when I first saw this.

Yes, this is a bit stupid, and the plot is handwavy as hell, but I always enjoy watching it, and that’s mostly down to Whoopi Goldberg.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 13th August 1996 – 22:15

After this, there’s a trailer for lots of new drama on BBC1, and for Days of Thunder.

Then, the tape plays out with the start of Crossing Delancey, which I’ve also looked at before. Another film featuring Jeroen Krabbe.

The tape ends during the film.

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Space: Above And Beyond – The Outer Limits – tape 2326

Before the first episode, there’s the end credits of MASH.

THen Space Above and Beyond with an episode called The Angriest Angel.

There’s a new alien fighter, and it’s the worst yet, killing lots of pilots.

Col McQueen has something to prove in this episode.

One of the team, Lt Winslow, (not one of the opening credits team though) hits on the colonel, and he’s not having it.

There’s a subplot with an AI sabotaging warheads.

Imagine my total lack of surprise when Lt Winslow is killed on the mission trying to kill the alien fighter.

So naturally, McQueen has to go out and kill the fighter for them. It ends with him thinking to himself “what was the point?” and I share his curiosity.

Next, The Outer Limits. In The Heist, a group of mercenaries hold up a truck which they think is carrying stinger missiles, but is actually carrying an organism made of Liquid Helium. This really is a tired rehash of Predator, or more accurately, a low-budget remake of that scene in Predator 2 where Gary Busey’s team track the Predator in a cold storage facility.

I suspect most of the budget of this episode went on the ice sculptor who made all the frozen bodies just before they all shatter.

There’s a piece of nonsense technobabble at the end, where they decide that the only way to kill a creature made of Helium is to use Neon “like a neon sign” because Helium “reacts” with Neon. Which it doesn’t, both of them being noble gases which don’t usually react to anything.

After this, another small chuck of MASH before we’re back to Space Above and Beyond and Dear Earth, which spends a whole episode with the team receiving mail from home.

Well, that’s not true, they do go on a mission, and Damphousse gets injured in the eyes, so naturally she asks Lt Wang to read out the long letter she just received from her boyfriend, which gets awkward when it turns out it’s a Dear John letter.

Nice to see the Microsoft Natural Keyboard has made a comeback

After this, another Outer Limits episode called Blood Brothers. Charles Martin Smith drops a vial in a laboratory, and his brother just lets him die.

But it’s only a bad dream. Smith is working on a humane crowd control virus. But it kills 80% of animals it’s been tested on, so it’s not going well.

Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp appears as the brother who gives Smith nightmares. They are vying for control of the company after their father died.

The new virus suddenly appears to be a super-cure for everything, but the company wants to keep it secret. Them we learn that Kemp has inherited their father’s degenerative disease, so he takes the cure, temporarily gets a lot better, kills some people, then learns that the cure only works by running his cells’ healing mechanisms at accelerated rates, thus using them all up, and he shrivels up and dies very young. Scientific irony.

Here’s a picture, which you can use in one of those “want to feel old? This is what Martin Kemp looks like now.” tweets.

After this, recording continues with the start of an episode of Quantum Leap, during which the tape ends.

In one of the ad breaks, there’s a couple of Nat West adverts. At least, I’m assuming they were for Nat West, because they were really just a couple of black and white shorts showing two different women being stressed in their everyday life. There was no caption at the end, and the only clue it was for Nat West was a single shot in each. In the first, there’s a brief flash of of a cash card.

In the second, a more obvious shot of a NatWest logo outside a branch, but only in passing near the start of the ad.

In another break, there’s another, featuring Gary Olsen as a man with his son, and again, the only sign is a cheque book.

I’m assuming this was part of a larger set of ads which tied all these together.

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3rd Rock From The Sun – Cybill – Roseanne – Jack & Jeremy’s Real Lives – tape 2182

First, on Sky, an episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun. This episode is Lonely Dick and features a guest appearance from Phil Hartman.

Next, Cybill, Local Hero which opens with Cybill in an old TV show called Island Cop which only ran for 6 episodes, but is the most popular show in a particular Eastern European country.

There’s an early appearance (his earliest credit according to iMDb) from an incredibly young Jim Rash (the principal from Community) as a production assistant who has to give Cybill some bad news.

Next, Roseanne. Darlene’s wedding is approaching. Jackie goes ballroom dancing, with teacher Tony Curtis.

At the end, they pastiche Some Like It Hot.

Finally on this Friday Night, Jack and Jeremy’s Real Lives, with an episode about Aristocrats.

Brenda Gilooly plays a model, as Jack is a photographer. Supposedly. “You do have film in the camera, don’t you?” “I should hope so, it’s brand new.”

There’s a scene where Jeremy is running after a knife thrower, and he’s hit by a car – for the stunt, the stuntman is black. The programme is filled with throwaway shots and jokes like this.

Lee Cornes once again appears, as a detective.

Helen Lederer as well.

Plus Steven Frost

Next, back to 3rd Rock From The Sun and an episode called Body & Soul Dick. John Mahoney plays a horrible colleague of Dick’s who dies at a party in his honour, so Dick has to give the Eulogy. That makes the third reluctant Eulogy episode in recent weeks, and the second featuring John Mahoney.

After this episode, there’s a short chunk of Jimmy’s, before recording switches to Channel 4.

Then, another Cybill. Her neighbour has started stealing stuff from her garden.

Maryann gets Ira to help her bury her ex’s Harmon Kardon stereo.

Next, it’s Roseanne and the wedding day is here.

There’s a scene just before the wedding, where Dan talks to Darlene, and offers her his nest-egg of savings bonds, and his dad’s coin collection. It made me cry, mostly from John Goodman’s performance. He’s so good I would watch him in anything. I’ve loved him ever since Raising Arizona.

Weirdly, although Lecy Goranson is credited in the main titles as playing Becky, in this episode she’s played by Sarah Chalke.

There’s a shock at the end, as Dan has a heart attack.

After this, another of Jack & Jeremy’s Real Lives. This week they are writers.

Steve Frost (again) plays a character who’s like a prototype of Mark Heap’s Brian from Spaced. An angry artist who does much of his painting naked.

And yet another character for series regular Helen Lederer

After this, the tape ends.

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Wedding Bits – tape 2325

Here’s a bonus extra entry, for a tape that’s in the collection but isn’t TV.

It’s some camcorder footage recorded around the time of my wedding, featuring a rehearsal of some of the music that was performed by our friends and family, plus some of the wedding, and the reception afterwards.

I was a bit of a back seat director for my wedding, as I think I set up at least three different cameras for the wedding, drafting in friends to operate them, so I’d have enough coverage to edit it together later. This footage was from one of the camera, but I really can’t work out who was behind the camera.

Anyway, I thought i’d post this just to keep the blog complete, although it’s really only of interest to me. Over 22 years, now. Doesn’t seem remotely that long, but we all look a lot younger.

Bugs – ER – Murder One – tape 2175

There’s a bit of the end of the Lottery show at the start of this tape, featuring special guest button pusher Suggs. Honestly, is there anything more 90s than this?

There’s a trailer for Over Here, a wartime drama. And one for Cardiac Arrest.

Then, Bugs and the first episode of a new series entitled What Goes Up. It opens with a bang, as an astronaut training simulator blows up, almost taking Craig McLachlan with it.

The head of the UK side of the space project is Sean Arnold. I always associate him with the Radio 4 SF series Earthsearch, a very strange serial that came out not long after The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Someone inside the training program keeps sabotaging things. A lot. I lost track of how many things blew up in the end. Ed (McLachlan) is there undercover, posing as one of the trainees. Here’s Mr Zito, the head of the training project. How surprised would you be to discover, later in the episode, that it’s him who has been sabotaging everything?

Su Lin Lool plays Joy, representing the country launching the satellite with the shuttle that all the training is happening for. She explains that it’s not a telecommunications satellite, it’s a geological surveyor, designed to look for deposits of platinum. These are needed to bail the country out, before the world banks foreclose on the loans of the country, and the collapse of their democratic government.

Why would you design a countdown that’s so unreadable?

I love the relentless way the programme is killing these trainees, usually just after Ed has stopped using that particular piece of equipment.

Look, there’s another one, All but two of the remaining astronauts were on that exploding bus. This is insane.

So, by a rather extreme process of elimination, Ed is one of the two astronauts launching in the shuttle.

But the threats are not over, as the Starshield weapon in the ISS is fired at the shuttle. I love the UI for Starshield which looks like the menu screen for an 80s Spectrum game.

This one is To Be Continued…

BBC Genome: BBC One – 6th April 1996 – 20:05

Next, on Channel 4, an episode of ER called The Match Game. Richard Schiff plays a patient who’s taking digitalis to help with his sex drive, and it’s causing heart problems.

Dr Susan Lewis’s sister, played by Kathleen Wilhoite, is back, and wants to look after her baby, whom she dumped on Lewis months earlier. She claims to have cleaned up, as can be seen by the fact she now wears makeup.

Mike McShane plays a rather dirty homeless man, who comes in every few months to be cleaned up and have his boils lanced, so he keeps getting passed around.

Joanna Gleason plays a TV producer who flirts with Dr Green because she wants him to appear in her infomercial for male pattern baldness.

After this, recording switches to BBC2, and the end of an episode of Newsnight.

There’s a trailer for Reputations.

Then, Murder One Chapter 8. I’ve already looked at this from one of the Sky showings.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 24th April 1996 – 23:15

Then, there’s the end of International Match of the Day.

There’s a trailer for the Tarby golf game show Full Swing.

There’s also a trailer for The Eurovision Song Contest in the year the Gina G represented us.

Next, an episode of The New Adventures of Superman. Superman tells Lois that he met his old girlfriend Lana Lang, and has invited her to the wedding. But before they can get into it, he’s called away to rescue some people from a burning building.

While he’s away, Lois is captured by time traveller Tempus.

In the future she finds out some bad news.

And meets HG Wells. Again. He explains the plot of the last episode they met, because she has no memory of it. Then tells Lois they’re in an alternate reality. Charlton Heston is president, and everyone’s carrying guns.

Emily Procter, Ainsley Hayes off of The West Wing, makes an appearance as Lana Lang, and she’s not the nice Lana we know from the movies.

I have to admit, through gritted teeth, that this episode is a counter example to my rule that alternate reality stories are always the best episode of a series, as this isn’t particularly great. I think the lightness of tone the programme clings to doesn’t let it go full dark, as a true AR episode must.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 18th May 1996 – 18:20

Next on this tape, a full episode of Simon Mayo’s Confessions. I’ve got quite a few beginnings of episodes dotted around on other tapes, but here, as the recording ran on, I’ve got the whole thing. Once again, another stylish frock coat for Dr Mayo.

It’s an entertaining programme, but I can’t help thinking that it’s kept a bit toothless by its early evening Saturday Night slot. It feels like it’s lacking the inventive production of Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush.

I also notice that this episode doesn’t have the quiz show element that a previous episode had, so I don’t know if the format changed over time. I’d be interested to know what the production process was. People seem sometimes to be surprised at their secrets being revealed, but presumably they must have written in to the programme? Or is it all stuff their friends and family supply?

BBC Genome: BBC One – 18th May 1996 – 19:05

There’s a trailer for Eurovision Song Contest, then an episode of National Lottery Live starts, hosted by Bob Monkhouse. The tape ends a few minutes into this programme.

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Science Friction – Film 97 – Proms 97 – tape 2331

First on this tape, Science Friction: Creation looks at creationism in America, and the attempts to get Evolution banned from classrooms, and creationism taught. Some of the ignorance on show is horrifying. It’s unfair to pick on a school pupil, but when this chap expresses his disbelief at the idea with the question “How can an African American person evolve from a white person? We’re different skin.” you begin to think it isn’t all about religion.

One voice of reason is Eugenie Scott of the National Centre for Science Education.

I can’t believe it took the show 30 minutes to bring in Richard Dawkins.

Here’s the whole programme.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 8th September 1996 – 22:35

Next, the third in this series, Miracles. It’s a lot less interesting, as it’s mostly about the experience of religious miracles. There’s some Italian scientists who can reproduce weeping statues, for example, but the programme runs into trouble when it looks at healing, and we have Dr Ervin Laszlo, a ‘Science Systems Analyst’ (whatever that is) who starts spouting the worst kind of pseudoscience. “Our brains are connected by a field that is a quantum field it carries information. So what used to be considered miraculous healing actually can be an act of self healing, or healing by others.”

He doesn’t seem to realise he’s just replaced one unexplained phenomenon with another.

Good grief. The programme has a couple of scientists researching Cold Fusion – something that was pretty well debunked several years before.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 22nd September 1996 – 22:40

After this, recording switches, apparently to next year, as it’s Film 97. Barry Norman reviews the following films:

There’s a location report on Event Horizon.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 3rd June 1997 – 23:15

After this, recording switches to… UK Living? Well that’s what the pictures say, but the audio is Radio 3, as this is a Proms concert. My satellite box allowed me to listen to the radio, and the audio channels were carried alongside TV channels on the same multiplex, and because it wasn’t a digital box, it just played whatever the video signal happened to be on. In this case, some kind of Australian courtroom drama called Halifax, and a programme called Sex Zone which looks like one of those full and frank discussions about sex that Channel 4 used to have in the old days.

But the proms is a late night prom, featuring two pieces of music. First, it’s Brahms Clarinet Quintet, with soloist Anthony Pay. He’s my wife’s favourite clarinettist, so for that reason I think we probably went to see this concert live. I don’t specifically remember, but I do know we did see Anthony Pay live at least once, so this was probably it.

The second piece is Mendelssohn’s Octet, which I remember seeing elsewhere, at the Wigmore Hall, where the octet included both Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis, two performers who were somewhat popular with my wife’s sisters. And I do have a vague memory of seeing it twice, so this must be the second time.

This performance is by Hausmusik, an ensemble who play with period instruments, which explains why they have to retune their instruments between each movement.

BBC Genome: BBC Radio 3 – 4th September 1997 – 22:00

The tape runs out a little after this recording.

Jack & Jeremy’s Real Lives – Stuff The White Rabbit – tape 2328

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s slice of Late Licence, here’s another tape featuring Jack Dee and Jeremy Hardy’s attempt to be a double act, although this tape is over two years later than yesterday’s, dating from Summer 1996.

The first episode here sees them as paranormal investigators. It’s not too bad. Willy Rushton pops up as a confused pilot.

Helen Lederer also appears.

There’s a spaceship set for one scene – I wonder if it was custom built – the show looks fairly expensive.

Alien Stars in Their Eyes

Before the next episode, there’s the end of Baadasss TV featuring Boney M.

The next programme sees them as consumer programme makers, including Jack and Jeremy Fatarse.

Mark Steel appears briefly

There’s a piece about an old boy band being fleeced by their manager. There’s Mark Arden

Steve Frost and Lee Cornes. I’ve been wracking my brains to remember what these (and the fourth member, whose name I couldn’t remember, Mark Elliot) were called collectively. It’s The Wow Show, and they made a few appearances on Saturday Live I think.

The final episode sees the pair running a private hospital. Jack Dee makes a very convincing hospital DJ, looking scarily like James Whale.

Another appearance from Helen Lederer

Rowland Rivron plays a very politically incorrect acupuncturist.

Next, on BBC2, an episode of Stuff The White Rabbit, presented by John Lenahan.

There’s another returning face from yesterday’s tape, it’s Jerry Sadowitz (so he’s not going in the upload).

Also magic from David Williamson, Richard McDougall and Paul Harris. Here’s all the non-Sadowitz bits.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 22nd February 1997 – 00:00

After this, there’s a trailer for Even Further Abroad with Jonathan Meades. Then this recording stops.

Underneath, an old, rather racist movie, The Mask of Fu Manchu. This is followed by Spearhead in Concert.

Then the tape plays out with some Channel 4 teletext.

Adverts:

  • Ford Escort
  • Disneyland Paris – Space Mountain
  • Mercury – Matthew Cottle
  • Rio
  • Miller Genuine Draft
  • Ford Escort
  • trail: The Krays
  • trail: England V Scotland The Ultimate Decider
  • Ford Escort
  • Fruitopia
  • Martini
  • Mercury – Matthew Cottle
  • Ford Half & Half
  • trail: Full Metal Jacket
  • Coca Cola
  • Miller Genuine Draft
  • Soft & Gentle
  • Golf VR6
  • trail: Gunpower USA
  • trail: Tour de France
  • Vauxhall 50/50
  • Scrumpy Jack
  • Mercury – Matthew Cottle
  • Bacardi Breezer
  • Iceland
  • Wilkinson Sword Lady Protector
  • Burger King
  • trail: Secret History – The Battle of Goose Green
  • Mission:Impossible in cinemas
  • Head & Shoulders
  • Renault Megane – Tony Gardner
  • Oil of Ulay
  • Gillette Sensor Excel for Women
  • Reader’s Digest Prize Draw
  • Crosse & Blackwell
  • Vision Express
  • trail: The Missionary
  • Everything But the Girl Walking Wounded
  • Kingpin in cinemas
  • Babe on video
  • One Plus One Dating
  • Weetabix
  • Palmolive
  • Rio
  • Royal Mail Stamps
  • NHS Lotto
  • Irn Bru
  • Army Soldier
  • Kit Kat Ice Cream
  • Fiat Punto – Neil Stuke
  • Scrumpy Jack
  • Zovirax
  • trail: The Missionary
  • Hovis
  • Vision Express
  • Army Soldier
  • Carphone Warehouse
  • Always
  • Pedigree Chum
  • Salon Selectives
  • trail: Latino Nights
  • House Collection
  • Salon Selectives
  • Johnson’s Baby Oil
  • Always
  • Zovirax
  • Carphone Warehouse
  • Oil of Ulay
  • Chatback
  • Carphone Warehouse
  • Mission:Impossible in cinemas
  • British Beef
  • trail: Three Colours Trilogy