Day: September 6, 2014

The Beiderbecke Connection – tape 616

This tape opens with quite a long segment of an ITN news bulletin. There’s coverage of an earthquake in Armenia (still Soviet controlled at this time) and a major public health scare with Aluminium poisoning in a local water supply.

There’s also a bit of TV history news, about the successful launch of the Astra satellite, which would mark the beginning of Rupert Murdoch’s Sky television empire. There’s comment from Alan Sugar, one of the initial suppliers of satellite boxes, and from Raymond Snoddy, who’d like to know how it worked before he’d buy it.

Following the news report, there’s an appeal for the Armenian Earthquake Appeal.

There’s a trail for The Bill, and a trail for the drama Edens Lost.

Then, The Beiderbecke Connection, and this is part 3 of a four part series. It’s the third series for Alan Plater’s gentle comedy about low-level intrigue in a small northern town. Mr Chaplin and Miss Swinburne have a new baby, and have been involved in a strange story involving a mysterious stranger from Eastern Europe.

When LWT present the final episode, there’s the obligatory loss of picture sync in switching networks between LWT and Yorkshire TV.

After the fourth and final episode, recording switches to an unmarked programme. The Comedy Club Presents Live in Concert – stand-up comedy from Rory Bremner, Hale & Pace, Two Harry Enfields, Michael Redmond and a bloke with a guitar.

Comedy Club Presents

The chap with the guitar is, according to the credits, Ian Macpherson. But, because this is obviously an edited version of a longer show, he doesn’t actually appear during the show itself. And there’s four different Enfield characters, plus a glimpse of Paul Whitehouse dressed as a chicken.

Paul Whitehouse dressed as a chicken


Here’s the whole show.

This was shown as part of the DEF II strand on BBC2, for the kidz. There’s a slightly embarrassing rapped preview for upcoming DEF II shows.

Then, there’s a trailer for the TV Film Shadow on the Earth, which I’ve mentioned before.

This recording stops then, and underneath, there’s a the end of a South Bank Show talking to producer turned actor John Houseman.

The tape stops during some adverts.


  • Don’t Drink and Drive
  • Duracell
  • Braun Reflex Control
  • Resolve
  • Princes spreads – Mum’s running a hotel
  • Perrier
  • Capital Gold Radio
  • Xeryus
  • Malaysia
  • Scotch Video tape – skeleton
  • Biarritz
  • Cruesli
  • Estee lauder – Beautiful
  • After Eight
  • Mandate
  • Schweppes
  • Rotary
  • Philishave
  • Smithwicks Alcohol Free Bitter
  • Schweppes
  • Access – The Roly Polys
  • Bordeaux Wine
  • Xeryus
  • Carlsberg – route 66
  • Olivetti PC – Work from Home

  • Heineken
  • Rapport
  • UBI – An Adult Boardgame
  • Disney Home Video
  • Cachet
  • Beecham’s Hot Lemon
  • Veuve du Vernay
  • Bendicks
  • Budweiser
  • Woolworth’s  – Cliff Richard
  • British Telecom
  • Sandeman Port
  • Capital Gold
  • Crimestoppers