Brond – tape 428

Brond was a three-part drama from Channel 4, starring John Hannah in his very first TV appearance. It co-stars Stratford Johns in the title role, and James Cosmo (lately of Game of Thrones) as Primo.

And that is about all I can state about this show with any certainty.

Oh, it has three parts.

Hannah first meets Brond pushing a young child off a bridge.

Stratford Johns as Brond

By the end of the series, I still have no clue whether this actually happened. Brond seems to be either the Devil, or a malevolent figment of Hannah’s imagination, or a shadowy agent of the establishment. The show doesn’t wish to make this, or anything else, clear.

It’s moody, and dark, and surreal. But I don’t think I’m quite smart enough to really divine the actual meaning of the story.

Isn’t John Hannah young?

Young John Hannah

By popular request, and for as long as Youtube deigns to keep it up, here’s episode one.

Episode Two – this one complete with adverts for technical reasons.

And here’s Episode 3.

Before episode 3, there’s a trail for The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross.

After the final episode, there’s a trailer for the Barbara Taylor Bradford serial Hold the Dream. There’s also a trailer for Wired, the C4 music show.

Then, the start of an episode of Who Dares Wins.

Who Dares Wins Rory and Jimmy

The tape finishes about 5 minutes in to the programme.

Adverts:

  • Lufthansa – because apparently their planes are actually cranes

  • Times Past – partwork
  • Skol
  • Lurpak
  • Astra – the car for wife-murderers, apparently

  • AA Autoquote
  • Reebok
  • Amstrad portable – look at that compact beauty

  • Holsten Export
  • Flowers and Plants Association
  • Fiat
  • Whiskas
  • Ford Granada – Richard Jobson
  • Skol
  • Aer Lingus
  • Lufthansa
  • Pure Cotton
  • Simple
  • Hotpoint
  • Link – cash machines
  • Windsor Safari Park
  • Bran Flakes
  • Palmolive
  • Warrington Runcorn
  • Kodacolor Gold
  • Europe’s Open for Business – Alan Sugar

  • Niosome
  • Seafish – we like fish
  • Mobil 1 Motor Oil
  • Dalton’s Weekly
  • Penguin
  • British Gas
  • Bran Flakes
  • Palmolive
  • Cotton
  • Electricity
  • petit Danone
  • Holsten Export
  • AA Autoquote
  • Penguin
  • HP Sauce – Frank Bruno
  • Abbey National – Jonathan Ross
  • Flotex
  • Swatch
  • Lucozade – Daley Thompson
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8 comments

  1. I don’t know if you know this is a massive rarity and if you look around online you’ll find a small community of people howling for it to be made public. Never been released on DVD, in no archives, etc etc. I beg you to make this available. You will make many people in the world incredibly happy if you upload this. Pretty please?

    1. I’ll see what I can do. Full episodes often get taken down for copyright, but if it’s never been commercially released, perhaps the rights holders have forgotten about it.

      1. Understood of course if it’s risky. But people whisper about this show in hushed tones, they petition Channel4 for a rerun or a DVD or a download, they blog about it, all without success. I’ve gone hunting for it online every few months for several years (which is how I found your site). If it were tofind its way to some upload site or something… well, it would be a big deal. V many thanks for even considering.

    1. Just watched all three. Wave of nostalgia. Thank you again. Also, I think, not only a strange but a really good piece of neglected TV. Should be a classic of cult viewing.
      However, as you imply, and at the risk of seeming to contradict myself…

      It is _utterly_ incomprehensible, isn’t it?

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