Remember when they made a TV show based on the film Harry and the Hendersons? (the film was called Bigfoot and the Hendersons in the UK, possibly because it hadn’t done well in the US under the original title and they thought they were missing out by not having the word Bigfoot in the title.)
But I guess it had something, because they made a TV series based on the premise, with Bruce Davison replacing John Lithgow, but with Kevin Peter Hall reprising his role as the Bigfoot Harry.
It’s nice to see Rick Baker get a good credit for his work on the movie. I don’t know if Baker himself worked on the show, or if they just used his designs (and presumably moulds and suits).
The series lasted three seasons.
The Day After – BBC One – 4th October 1991 – 19:35
Harry Goes Home – BBC One – 18th October 1991 – 19:35
Whose Forest Is It Anyway? – BBC One – 25th October 1991 – 19:35
The Father-Son Game – BBC One – 1st November 1991 – 19:35
The Mentor – BBC One – 15th November 1991 – 19:35
After a few episodes, the recording follows on with a short trail for BBC Children in Need, then Last of the Summer Wine – not a show I would normally record. After about ten minutes, the recording stops, and underneath, fairly randomly, is a scene from Twin Peaks. What’s underneath is a Late Show piece on Twin Peaks, narrated by Tracey McLeod, with interviews with David Lynch and Mark Frost. This was broadcast the week after the show premiered in the states, an indication of the critical interest it had generated. As McLeod says afterwards, the show had been bought by BBC2 but didn’t yet have an airdate. “The nation waits” says McLeod.
This piece is followed by a piece of The Black Comedy Club. It starts with comedian Angela Le Mar and her toddler watching Lenny Henry on the TV. She asks the toddler “who’s that?” and he replies “Eddie Murphy”.
Then there’s a musical performance my Larry McCray, and Matthew Collings talks about the late critic Peter Fuller.
After The Late Show, recording stops again, and there’s yet another recording underneath, this one appears to be One More Audience with Dame Edna.
- Friends Provident – the strangely sad sight of Nigel Planer and Ade Edmondson, playing Neil and Vyvyan from the Young Ones, advertising an investment company. Even the fact it’s for ethical investment doesn’t lessen the sting of betrayal.
- Nat West
- Fiat Tipo
- Amstrad PC2286