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.
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.