First on this tape, it’s clearly Christmas on Sky One.
My pet hate on Star Trek is funny foreign foods.
Keiko is teaching children about the wormhole, when Vedek Winn comes in, and tells her she’s teaching the children blasphemy. I love Louise Fletcher, and she’s great as Vedek Winn. Always so measured and calm, and twice as scary because of it.
Chief O’Brien is investigating the strange death of one of his engineers in a power conduit.
Tensions on the station are getting high, as Winn encourages the Bajorans to take their children out of school. Then someone sets a bomb at the school (which was luckily empty at the time).
O’Brien’s new assistant appears to be conspiring with Vedek Winn to do something bad.
Vedek Bareil, a more Federation-friendly Bajoran religious leader, comes to visit the station.
As a result, he’s almost assassinated. This is good stuff.
It’s episodes like this that give me some understanding why DS9 is held in high regard by many. I think my only problem with it is that I’m seeing all these episodes out of order, and not really appreciating any long term plots.
After this, recording switches to the end of Les Lives, a five minute spin-off of Reeves and Mortimer that I never knew existed.
Then, Newman and Baddiel On The Road To Wembley. A look at the preparation for their Wembley Arena show. Introduced by David Baddiel saying how enjoyable the process has been. Of course, I’m watching it looking out for signs of the apparent friction between the two. Haven’t spotted any yet.
The work in progress gigs show a few cracks. “Never get actually pissed off on stage with your partner” he says, on stage.
Wow, I genuinely didn’t expect honesty here. “Writing comedy with someone is a very divisive and difficult thing at the best of times. And when one of you is a psychotic and the other one is a very difficult person who always thinks he’s right, then it becomes a hundred times more impossible.”
“Me and David both end up always directing a lot of it, which is one reason why most people won;t work with us. People only tend to work with us once.”
I can’t tell if he’s just joking here. “I felt I did the majority of the work in the last series, and yet we have to, sort of, because it’s kind of even handed we have to share the benefits half and half.”
Sean Lock is a guest on the show.
This really isn’t sugar-coating things. During a phone interview with Radio 5, the interviewer first asks David if he’s really an “outgoing bloke who sleeps with a lot of women” (he’s not) then asks Rob Newman “Rob, you don’t go for David’s sex gags?”
Talking about having to have some distance from each other after the tour, David Baddiel says “If possible we would both go to separate poles for a while.”
I’m genuinely surprised just how much ‘warts and all’ stuff got into this. Here’s the whole thing (uploaded by someone else).
BBC Genome (for all of DEF II of which this was a part): BBC Two – 13th December 1993 – 18:25
Next, Newman and Baddiel Christmas In Pieces. I’m not too impressed with Rob Newman’s Paul Daniels.
I spotted I’m Alan Partidge’s Simon Greenall
I don’t think this is in the best possible taste.
They do the stabilisers gag they did in their live show.
After the credits, Sue Lawley presents a special episode of Biteback.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 20th December 1993 – 21:00
And finally on this tape, a true piece of history: Smashie and Nicey: The End of an Era. I love Smashie and Nicey. Don’t you mate?
The show opens with the two DJs bursting from the office of the FAB FM controller Johnny Beergut. This is a reference to former Radio One controller Johnny Beerling, but a bit unfair, since it was Beerling’s successor Matthew Bannister who was responsible for the mass resignations of a lot of the old-school DJs Smashie and Nicey were based on.
Some celebrity cameos, as Smashie and Nicey race to the press conference, including Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman on a Zimmer Frame.
David ‘Kid’ Jensen gets punched in the face and falls down the stairs. I wonder if he does his own stunts?
There’s some genuine pathos in Mike Smash’s recounting of his miserable childhood, playing the recording he made of one side of a conversation so he could have someone to talk to.
Interspersed with Super 8 footage of his father being generally awful to him (as also played by Paul Whitehouse). I guess it was inevitable he’d become a DJ. Or a serial killer.
The sheer amount of detail and effort that’s gone into this programme is amazing, even more impressive when it’s not even dwelt upon. I love the artwork Dave Nice has in his house, and it’s mostly just backgrounds. I particularly like the green face painting. My grandparents had the painting of the green Chinese woman in their house, so it has a strong childhood pull for me.
Dave Nice as Napoleon
As well as the production design, the care that’s gone into the archive footage is astonishing. Here’s Nicey on Blue Peter with Christopher Trace and Valerie Singleton. The matching of the footage is perfect, as is the matting of Trace’s hand – you can just see a bit of fringing around the hand if you freeze frame it, but it’s near flawless.
Equally well done is Nicey dancing with Freddie and the Dreamers. He’s perfectly synchronised, he has a shadow on the floor, all the blur matches, and they even interact when Freddie does his jump and kicks Nicey in the crotch. It’s fabulous work.
Watching the show, I’d thought that the Freddie and the Dreamers clip was a separate programme to the Blue Peter clip, but no, it’s all from Blue Peter, and the original clip is on YouTube.
More brilliant Nicey art, Warhol this time.
Another fabulous bit of editing and compositing, with the Beatles this time. As Nicey turns his head, you can still see George Harrison’s face through the large lenses of his glasses. And the cringey questions he’s asking fits perfectly with the pauses and embarrassed shuffling of the band. I wonder if it took a lot of research to find the clips for this.
Smashy made an appearance on Dixon of Dock Green. What I love about this clip is that the added footage of Smashy carrying something in and tripping over matches perfectly with the actor slightly stumbling over his line, as if he was put off by the trip. Just beautiful.
And particularly exciting for me was his sole appearance on Doctor Who.
The superimposed titles also match perfectly – I suspect all these titles were all generated for this clip to help the matching, but it looks perfect to my eye.
Even the stuff without any compositing looks like genuine footage of the time, complete with scratches on the film.
I fear this whole entry will tail off into lots of pictures of film dirt.
They used a photo from a photoshoot outside Broadcasting House, for the launch of Radio One, for this picture of the Radio Fab launch. Smashy replaces Kenny Everett from the original.
I don’t recognise who Dave Nice replaces in the original picture, so I checked on Getty Images and it’s Pete Drummond, not a name that’s familiar to me.
I love the armbands
Some of the Top of the Pops appearances are great
“Sometimes we championed things that needed championinging.” “I remember one episode in ’74 we devoted entirely to black music. There was a lot of controversy about that one.” “You would not believe the complaints that show got.” “Even some black people complained and it was a show devoted to them.” This is how you do a blackface gag.
I love the Deptford Dralons ads. How long ago were Alan Freeman’s Brentford Nylons ads? My gut tells me they were around in the early to mid 70s. This one places these pre-decimalisation, but pre-decimal money is just funnier on its own, so I’m not quibbling.
The many young men that keep being glimpsed in the backgrounds of shots around Nicey’s mansion and quickly duck out of shot are a running gag. Slightly edgier today than it might have been on broadcast.
Another brilliant bit of editing and compositing is when Nicey replaces Bill Grundy for the infamous interview with the Sex Pistols.
John Peel makes an appearance
Lovely to see the Nationwide titles.
They got actual Michael Barratt to present this item, about Smashy not dealing very well with the breakup of his marriage to Tessa, paralleling Tony Blackburn’s similar on-air breakdown after his wife, Tessa Wyatt, left him because he had an affair.
The Dave Nice Video Show was clearly the Kenny Everett show, although I don’t think Kenny’s show was quite as horribly sexist and racist as these clips are. I think we can assume that this is what the show would have been like if Nicey had been the star, and not a reflection on Kenny Everett. I hope.
Their inclusion in Band Aid is another perfect bit of compositing. Here’s some selections.
With an appearance from Sir Bob himself
Now Smashie is doing Noel’s House Party
Katie Puckrick from The Word interviews the pair. I’m glad they got her to do it, and not Terry Christian.
They won’t let Tony Blackburn into the party.
And another appearance from Alan Freeman. Are they calling him ‘Flaff’? I can’t make it out. It’s definitely not ‘Fluff’.
Nicey’s appearance on Comic Relief with Angus Deayton didn’t go well.
I can’t quite see who’s on Smashie’s mug. Is it Benny Hill?
Having the black commissionaire shake Smashie’s hand and completely ignore Nicey was a nice touch.
This really is a thing of greatness. But I always loved Smashie and Nicey. I wish I still had my Comic Relief tape they did one year. There was some brilliant material on that
Credit spot: This was directed by Daniel Kleinmann, who would, in a couple of years, become the titles designer for the James Bond series, starting with Goldeneye.
Here’s someone else’s upload of the whole thing, so I apologize for the slightly poor quality.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 4th April 1994 – 21:55
After this, there’s trailers for Throw Momma from the Train and Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit.
Then the tape ends just as the main news bulletin starts, leading with a Dutch air crash