Well this is disappointing.
This tape was originally labelled as ‘Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 1994’. But either that labelling was erroneous or I later taped over it.
The tape opens with an episode of Chicago Hope. According to my database, I recorded a lot of Chicago Hope but I don’t actually remember watching any of it. I mean, a hospital drama with Mandy Patinkin and Adam Arkin plays right into my sweet spot, but I think it was one of those programmes that I never started catching up with, and time marches on.
This is a particularly dramatic episode, opening with a young gang member coming in to the ER and opening fire with an automatic weapon, hitting several patients and staff.
BBC Genome: BBC One London, 6 May 1995 21.15
Next, there’s a trailer for Due South – it looks like an introductory trailer to the feature-length first episode, which matches the date of this broadcast.
Then, a trailer for Uncle Buck.
Then, a rather odd break in recording, especially when the next programme is The Lenny Henry Show, showing immediately after Chicago Hope. Featuring guest appearances from Stephen Moore
and a final music performance from Lenny and Chaka Khan.
BBC Genome: BBC One London, 6 May 1995 22.00
After this programme, there’s a trailer for Paul Merton’s Life of Comedy.
There’s also a trailer for John Singleton’s Boyz’n the Hood.
Next, a full episode of Match of the Day. By accident, I admit. “Highlights of two key FA Premiership matches on the penultimate day of the season. The focus is on the relegation battle, with Crystal Palace v West Ham among the day’s crucial games.” according to the Radio Times. 6 May 1995 22.40
Following MOTD there’s a trailer for ‘June Sporting Action’.
Then, recording just continues. This is a tape of an entire Saturday Night, which is nice.
The final programme that night is a movie, Sam Raimi’s first superhero movie, Darkman starring Liam Neeson as the man hideously disfigured in a chemical accident which also endows him with imperviousness to pain, while his invention of synthetic skin makes him a master of disguise. Larry Drake, Benny off of LA Law, plays the villain Durant with glee.
Also, a Danny Elfman score so typical you can recognise it within a couple of notes.
And a setpiece triggered by this bird.
BBC Genome: 6 May 1995 23.40
There is a trailer for programmes on the eve of VE Day – the 50th anniversary.
Then BBC1 closes down for the night.