Phantom of the Opera – The Electric Grandmother – Moonlighting – Inside the Labyrinth – tape 192

This is a full tape, recorded on LP, so probably a lot of things on the same day.

The tape starts with the very end of an episode of Doctor Snuggles, the strange Dutch kid’s cartoon that Douglas Adams and John Lloyd wrote a couple of episodes for early in their careers.

Then there’s a trailer for the ITV Christmas Day pantomime Cinderella, which we’ve looked at before.

The first full programme on this tape is The Electric Grandmother, a short film based on a story by Ray Bradbury.

This is followed by a bit of Return of the Monster Trucks. This is something that has never really taken off over here – probably because you wouldn’t be able to drive these stupid trucks down most British roads.

Monster truck

After a few minutes of this edifying spectacular, recording switches to the BBC and the end of an Asian cultural programme, Gharbar. Then, we have the Silent version of Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney.

Phantom of the Opera

Following the Phantom, we switch again to another episode of MoonlightingTwas the Episode Before Christmas is a seasonal tale of being visited by three ghosts. Or seeing what life would be like without you. Or being left at home when the rest of your family goes on holiday. Or being a New York cop trapped in a skyscraper when a group of European terrorists take all the guests at a Christmas Party hostage. It’ll be something like that.

Moonlighting Christmas

Next, Inside the Labyrinth is a behind the scenes documentary on Jim Henson’s classic Labyrinth. Actual interviews with David Bowie, out of costume but still with the eyebrows.

David Bowie unmasked

This is an excellent documentary. Lots of footage from production, and interviews with crew, including Jim Henson, Brian Henson, Brian Froud and writer Terry Jones.

And here’s juggler Michael Moschen performing as David Bowie’s right hand. He performed the manipulation of the glass spheres, which is actually a signature act that he created.

Michael Moschen in Labyrinth

And the choreographer of puppet movement is a familiar face – ‘Cheryl McFadden’ is also known as Gates McFadden, Star Trek’s Dr Beverley Crusher.

Cheryl McFadden

 

Following Inside The Labyrinth, recording switches to an episode of Thundercats. It looks like it’s the very first episode.

Then we join Rolf Harris for Cartoon Time, during which the recording stops.

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