Month: February 2014

Raging Bull – tape 463

A trailer for Bill Forsyth’s charming comedy Gregory’s Girl precedes Martin Scorsese’s brutal remake of Rocky, Raging Bull.

Following the movie, a trailer for Eat The Peach, then Channel 4 closes down.


  • Toblerone
  • Datapost
  • Holsten Export
  • Pizza Hut
  • Dulux
  • Traditional Homes
  • Martini Extra Dry
  • Heineken
  • Tissot
  • Black & Decker Quattro
  • American Express
  • British Telecom International
  • Exchange and Mart
  • Duckham’s Oil
  • Carling Black Label
  • Drakkar Noir
  • Hampton’s
  • Qualcast Concorde
  • Barclays
  • Tennent’s Extra
  • Lee Rough Riders
  • Pizza Hut
  • Our Price – Was Not Was
  • Fison’s Levington compost
  • Pentax Zoom 70

Film 88 – tape 370

More film reviews from Barry Norman, from 1988. Before the first episode, a bit of European Figure Skating, then a Public Information Film about condoms.

The first episode reviews:

Here’s the review of Fatal Attraction.

The location report is from Nadine with Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger. There’s a tribute to Trevor Howard, who had died recently.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 12th January 1988 – 22:40

Next Episode reviews:

Location report for White Mischief.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 19th January 1988 – 23:05

Next Episode reviews:

The location report is on Wall Street. There’s also a report about an article written by historian Norman Stone about the quality of recent British films, which he condemned as left wing propaganda and wondered why all those nasty lefties are the ones making films. He was Margaret Thatcher’s speechwriter, which probably indicates the level of his artistic achievements.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 26th January 1988 – 22:55

Before the next episode, there’s a bit of silent cinema, with a Charlie Chaplin film.

There are reviews of:

Here’s the review of Robocop.

Tom Brook reports on the awards season.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 2nd February 1988 – 22:45

Before the next episode, there’s a newsflash – parliament had voted in favour of televising the house of commons. Quite why this particular piece of news warranted a newsflash, interrupting the schedule, is unclear, although since the people it most affected at the time were the people running the BBC newsroom, I guess there might have been a little self-interest in deciding not to wait until a regular news break. I suspect the cold hand of then-deputy DG John Birt, who was head of news, was behind that decision – exactly the kind of puffed-up self-important News Uber Alles decision he was famous for. Or am I just biased?

Next episode, Barry reviews:

There’s a profile of writer Frank Clarke and his forthcoming film The Fruit Machine. It includes an interview with Robbie Coltrane, in a rather fetching yellow number.

Robbie Coltrane in The Fruit Machine

BBC Genome: BBC One – 9th February 1988 – 23:10

After the last episode, there’s a public information film about driving in fog, then BBC1 closes down, with the national anthem. Then that recording stops, and an earlier recording appears – Dirk Bogarde in HMS Defiant. The tape runs out on this film.

Doctor Who – Time and the Rani – tape 366

Ah, Doctor Who Season 24. Sylvester McCoy’s first season. Not the show’s finest hour. This is my second recording of the first episode – the first was on a packed tape that was recorded when I was on holiday, I think, so I was obviously taking no chances that I might have missed the first episode of the show. Not sure it was worth the effort.

Before the first episode there’s the end of an episode of Wogan featuring Peter Ustinov and Spike Milligan – which might have been nice to have in full. Then there’s a trailer for Truckers.

Before episode two, Wogan was talking to Bette Davis – another one I’d have liked to have.

After the fourth episode, recording switches to the Labour Party Conference. Luckily not for long. Then there’s Open Air with Patty Coldwell, the programme where the TV makers are hauled over the coals by the public. This episode talks to Sylvester McCoy, Bonnie Langford and John Nathan Turner. I’m fairly sure I’ve seen this (or part of it) on one of the BBC DVDs, and there are very poor quality copies on YouTube too:

The fact that the guy manning the phone bank is called Mike Shaft makes it seem a bit like a KYTV sketch.

After Open Air, recording switches to some wrestling, which turns out to be part of Sharp’s Funday with DJ Pat Sharp, in his full mullet glory.

There's no excuse

There’s no excuse

But Pat Sharp wasn’t the reason for this recording – it’s an episode of Henson’s sitcom Dinosaurs. This was a fairly well written sitcom featuring a family of dinosaurs, and the Henson Studio animatronic costumes are excellent. Often a lot of fun.

Following Dinosaurs there’s the beginning of the big movie, Airport III starring loads of famous people, including James Stewart. The tape runs out fairly near the beginning of the movie.


  • Lunn Poly
  • Flake
  • Daily Mirror
  • Blame it on the Bellboy trailer
  • Swinton Insurance
  • Danish
  • Stamps
  • Walkers Crisps

Alan Bennett Plays – Monty Python – tape 372

In 1978 LWT broadcast a series of six plays by Alan Bennett, one of which (the second on this tape) caused a minor amount of shock at the time. These are the channel 4 repeats.

The first play was safe enough, Prunella Scales and Patricia Routledge in Doris and Doreen. It was the next one, acutally No 3 in the series of six, The Old Crowd which caused the fuss. In one scene, during a dinner party, one character is under the dining table, and sucks the toe of another guest. This outrage, combined with the occasional glimpse of TV cameras in shot (completely deliberately) actually caused complaints, to the extent that (as I recall) Alan Bennett himself made a trailer for a subsequent episode making mention of the kerfuffle. It was a simpler time.

Here is a picture of one of these shocking moments.

Won't somebody think of the children?

Won’t somebody think of the children?

Between the two plays there’s a trailer for Danny Glover in Mandela.

Following the second play, recording switches to some end credits, a bit of iMDb hunting says it’s Enigma. There’s a trailer for Fortunes of War before we have an episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, as obscure 1970s comedy show that nobody really talks about these days. The tape runs out before the episode finishes.


  • Lloyd’s Bank – Leo McKern and John Sessions
  • The Times
  • Inter-City
  • Yellow Pages
  • Kaliber – Brian Blessed
  • The Guardian
  • Inter City
  • Tartare
  • Milton Keynes
  • DHL
  • ICI
  • Kaliber – Michael Elphick
  • McCoy’s crisps
  • Quotations
  • bupa
  • Antron Stainmaster
  • The Times lifts the lid on Public Schools
  • Apple – The Report
  • lloyd’s Bank – McKern and Sessions again
  • National Savings
  • Evening News

Quantum Leap – tape 438

Time Travelling fate fixer-upper Dr Sam Beckett (no, the other one) hops into more thinly disguised movie ‘homages’ in these episodes of Quantum Leap. The episodes recorded here are:

  • So Help Me God  – To Kill a Mockingbird clearly an influence here
  • Thou Shalt Not…
  • Jimmy

After these, the third part of a documentary on Britain’s class structure, Class Rule. Followed by the beginning of Newsnight on a fairly important day at the Maastricht treaty conference, with lots of talk about the tories being clueless about Europe. So no change there. The tape ends shortly after Newsnight starts.

The Driver – The Old Grey Whistle Test – tape 353

After the end of an episode of the Ronnie Corbett sitcom Sorry we have Walter Hill’s The Driver starring Bruce Dern and Ryan O’Neal. For the younger readers out there, Ryan O’Neal was the Ryan Gosling of his time, hence his making a movie about driving.

This is followed by part of an episode of The Old Grey Whistle Test (missing both the start and the end) about pop videos, talking to some of the people behind them. Rather curiously, this recording also has teletext pop-up announcements of general election results, which places this recording very precisely at 11th June 1987 (or more likely, the early morning of 12th June, since results don’t tend to appear much before midnight). At first I thought I must have turned on the results myself to keep track of what was happening, but these must have been burnt into the transmitted image, otherwise they would never have been recorded (since teletext was a feature of televisions, not videos).

There are quite a few videos shown, and they talk to some of the artists and directors, including David Byrne of Talking Heads, Toni Basil, John Landis and Godley and Creme, and among the videos featured are several Michael Jackson videos including Thriller, and The Power of Love by Frankie goes to Hollywood. The tape finishes while Kevin Godley is talking about Go West and We Close Our Eyes.

Arena – Dead Lucky – tape 374

After the end of an episode of The Tracey Ullman Show, and a trailer for Dead Lucky, we have Arena on The Beano and Dandy. They did a special version of the Arena titles, in a tribute to the Scottish home of the comics.

irn bru

After Arena recording switches to the end of a documentary about Coca Cola, then Dead Lucky – a drama based on a Ruth Rendell novel starring Phil Davis.

The tape plays out with some darts, presented by Tony Gubba.