This tape opens with a curious piece, seemingly entitled Five to Eleven, a poetry piece performed by the Children of the Damned.
Sorry, that should be performed by pupils from the Arts Educational Schools.
This is part of the BBC’s school holiday broadcasting, But First, This, presented by Andy Crane.
There’s a news report about a huge fire in Lisbon, and a report about the results of the first year of GCSEs – unsurprisingly, saying “it has raised standards for pupils of all abilities.” Funny how the people responsible for setting the papers, marking the papers and deciding the grades are able to demonstrate that results have improved.
Then, an episode of the old George Reeves Adventures of Superman, The Magic Necklace. I think it’s astonishing just how much like the comics Superman George Reeves didn’t look.
I mean, he didn’t even have black hair, let alone the kiss curl.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 25th August 1988 – 11:00
Before the next episode, there’s the end of an old black & white Republic serial (remember them from Beauty and the Beast?) Leon Trotsky and Darth Vader are flying around in an airship menacing people. I think.
Next, there’s a very embarrassed girl called Anita who gets to meet ‘the man of her dreams’, fleeting pop sensation Glenn Medeiros. This is a deeply awkward bit of TV, with Andy Crane seemingly channeling a darker side of Light Entertainment presenter.
Another episode of Superman follows, The Bully of Dry Gulch.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 26th August 1988 – 11:25
There’s an interview with Wet Wet Wet before the next episode of Superman, which is Flight to the North. It features Chuck Connors reading out the lonely hearts to his donkey. I don’t even want to know.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 30th August 1988 – 11:30
The next episode is The Unlucky Number. Where Superman meets The Fonz.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 31st August 1988 – 11:30
After a brief compilation of very dull bloopers from But First This, the next episode is The Seven Souvenirs.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 2nd September 1988 – 11:30
The last thing on this tape is a bonus episode of the Mel Smith sitcom Colin’s Sandwich. It’s the episode Back from Bengal. Colin has submitted a short story to a publisher and is waiting for him to phone about it.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 15th November 1988 – 21:00
After this, recording stops, and underneath we find floppy-haired Scottish clothes horse Richard Jobson talking about his favourite subject, Richard Jobson. Well, it appears to be a clip show of some kind from his interview show, featuring appearances from Yazz, Tanita Tikaram, Status Quo, Julia Fordham, Eddy Reader and lots, lots more.
Then, Jobson has a bit of banter with the musical guests, Hue and Cry.
And finally, Eamonn Holmes talks to ‘Bride of the Year’ Sharon Blazier (sp?). The recording stops during this interview, and I still don’t know which programme this is, but I’d presume it’s a BBC daytime chat show. Edit: Chris H has kindly identified this programme as The Garden Party, a BBC Scotland lunchtime magazine show.