From Tony Slattery’s introduction, I’d say this is the first episode of the ITV film programme.
Mel Smith, Rowan Atkinson and Jeff Goldblum talk about The Tall Guy, there’s a look at two scenes from On The Waterfront to examine his acting techniques. Melanie Griffith and Tippi Hedren talk about Melanie’s rise to fame.
Behind the Screen looks at the art of the trailer makers, in a fairly disappointing segment that doesn’t really illuminate anything, but does remind me that The Dead Pool featured Liam Neeson in a ponytail square up against Clint Eastwood.
Reviewed are Alien Nation, Punchline and Crossing Delancey.
There’s a preview of Great Balls of Fire, talking to Dennis Quaid and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Next episode starts with a look at the British talent working in Hollywood, talking to Alan Parker, Adrian Lyne, Julien Temple, William Osborne, William Davis, Dick Clement and Ian LaFrenais. There’s a look at a spate of ghost comedies on video, and Paul Schrader and Natasha Richardson talk about Patty Hearst. Behind the Screens looks at a hollywood tour guide at Universal Studios.
Reviews this week are of The Tall Guy, Camille Claudel and The Dead Pool. Slattery is not flattering about Jeff Goldblum, possibly because (as he freely admits) he auditioned for Goldblum’s part.
Richard Gere is the subject of a Star Profile.
Before the next episode, there’s the end of a weird looking movie featuring Shelley Winters as the leader of a modern-day witches coven. A quick browse through imdb suggests the movie could be… The Initiation of Sarah.
After the movie, there’s an announcement: “The Initiation of Sarah replaced our scheduled film, Shooter, which will be shown later this year.” Programmes are running 25 minutes late due to an extended news. And there’s a bulletin right now.
The news bulletin reveals the reason – 93 people had died at Hillsborough when (as we now know, but didn’t at the time) catastrophically poor planning and organisation, coupled with terrible decisions by the police handling the crowds, led to too many people being funnelled into a terrace that was not large enough to hold them, leading to a massive crush. At the time, the blame was placed squarely on the fans, and it wasn’t until last year before the real truth behind the disaster was finally acknowledged – that the police panicked and let too many people into an area they knew couldn’t cope.
This news bulletin, on the day of the disaster, is already presenting the official version. “It happened when ticketless Liverpool fans surged onto terraces packed with genuine ticket holders.” In actual fact, most fans there had tickets, but all the Liverpool fans had been directed to an entrance that was inadequate to get them all into the ground smoothly. As the crowds grew outside, the police panicked, and opened doors to the already crowded terraces, letting more fans in when there wasn’t space for them, and there were other parts of the ground which could have accommodated them.
Finally, after this bulletin, Saturday Night at the Movies gets started. There’s a look at the link between Film and Fashion, there’s a look back at Granada’s Cinema interviews with Jack Nicholson, Woody Allen and Dustin Hoffman. Then there’s a look at Siskel and Ebert’s film review show.
Behind the Screen looks at Peter Elliott, a gorilla performer, who worked on Greystoke and Gorillas in the Mist.
This week’s reviews are for Kamikaze, Fright Night part 2 and Matewan.
Mel Brooks is interviewed about his films, and Brooksfilms, his more serious production company.
After this episode, the scheduled film, Hot Shots, is replaced with an episode of The Fall Guy, presumably in an effort to get their schedule back on time. The tape runs out during this.
Adverts on this tape:
- Sunday Express – some animal abuse
- BSB – touting their digital stereo sound – Nicam was two years off on the BBC at this point
- Sunday Times
- Nat West – a bizarre advert where a man living in a wooden hut somewhere exotic listens to all the great new features of Nat West current accounts, including interest. The man then tells his dog “Well old boy, could be time to go home.” I can’t imagine what his back-story must be, if he was prevented from returning home by a lack of current account interest. Perhaps he’s a mercenary who needs to do a bit of money laundering.
- Amstrad 9512 word processor, with Stanley Unwin
- Heinz Weightwatchers
- American Express
- Websters Yorkshire Bitter
- Pizza Hut
- Old El Paso Tacos
- Recital hair dye
- BT payphones